Prepare for a variety of corrections positions and begin a rewarding career with the Criminal Justice associate degree program at Moraine Park.
About the Program
The Criminal Justice program prepares students to take on a variety of roles in the corrections and criminal justice field. This accredited, two-year program prepares students to work in less restrictive settings, such as group homes, to highly-restrictive maximum-security prisons and careers in law enforcement and community-based programs.
To be successful in this program, students must have strong ethical standards, supportive attitudes and positive values. They must also be effective listeners and negotiators.
What You’ll Learn
To prepare for work in the criminal justice field, students must learn to manage emergencies, conduct investigations, interpret legal standards and think critically. Students gain the communication, social and people skills needed to succeed in the field. Criminal justice students also learn valuable counseling skills.
With many counties requiring an associate of applied science degree or 60 college credits, graduates of Moraine Park’s program qualify for roles at correctional facilities and can expect to earn $15 to $16 per hour.
Students may begin criminal justice employment immediately upon graduation, transfer into a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice, or work to get the combination of experience and education required for specific positions such as probation and parole agent. Many current professionals enroll in the program to advance their career.
- Correctional Officer
- Psychiatric Care Technician
- Shelter Care/Group Home Worker
- Home Detention Specialist
- Youth Counselor
- County Social Service Specialist
- Teacher Assistant
- Probation and Parole Agent (with a minimum additional two years community-based or related experience or after further education)
Moraine Park’s admissions starts with the online application. The admissions steps and financial aid process can take 6-8 weeks for some programs, so plan ahead.
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If you have any questions or need help with the process, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org OR 920-924-3200, TTY/VP:Use Relay VRS.
A criminal background check is required.
The cost of your degree depends on a number of factors such as total credits required, textbooks and the financial aid you receive. Some programs have additional costs such as uniforms, technology and equipment. Learn more about tuition and fees.
- $141.00 per credit (resident)
- $211.50 per credit (out-of-state resident)
- Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
- Please refer to the Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.
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