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El Cajon Criminal Justice Degree (A.S.) – Corrections Emphasis

Available at our El Cajon Campus
(619) 596-2766

Criminal Justice, A.S.

Emphasis in Corrections

The Criminal Justice degree program (A.S.) is designed to prepare graduates for entry into state, local, or federal law enforcement, corrections, or private security. Students will study the U.S. Constitution, American court systems, Federal and California state laws, and past and current criminal trends. Students will be prepared to properly articulate, format and complete various types of reports and professional communication. Prior to graduation, students will be introduced to the application process for various local, state, and federal agencies.

The Associate of Science is available in four different emphasis areas and builds upon the Criminal Justice & Public Safety program. Students are required to choose one emphasis path in either Criminal Investigations, Corrections, Homeland Security, or Corporate Security & Public Safety.

71 Semester Credit Hours

62 Weeks (15-16 Months)

Accredited by the COE

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Emphasis Curriculum

See full Associate of Science Curriculum

Introduction to Corrections

CO 101

This course will examine an overview of the history of corrections in America with a review of the correctional process including: probation, restorative justice, the death penalty, and imprisonment. The organization, management and operation of correctional facilities, inmate life and environment will be examined, including the legal foundation of prisoners’ rights.

Required for all emphasis paths

Juvenile Justice Delinquency

CO 102

This course provides an overview of the juvenile justice system in the United States. It focuses on the design and application of the juvenile justice system. Upon completion of the course, students will have a full understanding of the interrelationships among philosophy, notions of causation, and procedural requirements provided to youthful offenders and abused children. Students will also be able to discuss and identify diversion and prevention programs, the effects of incarceration, and possible alternatives to incarceration. Last, the future of juvenile courts and the juvenile justice system will be addressed.

Inmate Supervision

CO 201

This course examines inmate subcultures and violence in prisons. Analyzes prison environment for correctional officers. Explores life behind bars/offender difficulties in reentering society.

Probation and Parole

CO 202

This course introduces probation, the most common response to criminal offenders, and parole. As the problem of prison overcrowding continues, probation and parole will expand, and so will the controversy surrounding their use. Students gain an understanding not only of probation and parole history, administration, policy, and procedures, but also areas of controversy. The course also provides insight into the difficult but interesting work performed by probation and parole officers.

Sex Offenders

CO 203

This course explores issues related to deviant sexual behavior in contemporary society. Topics include sexual offenders, child molesters, pornography, Megan’s Law, sexual assault, incest, prostitution, and sex offender legislation.

Domestic Violence

CI 203

This course presents the patterns and characteristics of victims in the criminal justice system. Topics include the cause, consequences, and prevalence of domestic violence, and the different approaches law enforcement has taken to respond to victims’ issues.

Private Security Academy Certificate

Private Security Academy Certificate
Series Description
Part 1 Weapons of Mass Destruction, Powers to Arrest, Live Scan, State Forms, Test, and Diploma/Certificate of Completion
Part 2 To be completed within 30 days of receiving Guard Card. Public relations, Observation and Documentation, Communications, Liability, and Legal Aspects.
Part 3 To be completed within six months of receiving your guard card. Difficult people, work place violence, officer survival, handcuffing, incident scene, courtroom testimony, arrest/search, report writing.
BSIS Firearms Testing, state forms, live scan, range qualification and training, ammunition, range fees.
Firearms Qualifications Qualifications must be completed quarterly/twice per year along with firearms refresher. Ammunition, written test, range qualifications and fees, ammunition.
BSIS Baton PR/24, expandable baton, straight stick. State card and certificate issued.
BSIS Tear Gas Case, permit, canister of tear gas, card, and certificate.
Taser Case, permit, two live rounds, certificate, and card.
Basic Life Support American Heart Association. AED training included along with, test, cards, and student manual.
TECC Tactical Emergency Casualty Care for law enforcement and first responders


Cost of the Program
$17,790.00 Tuition
$450.00 Fees

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Placement Rate (As reported to the Council on Occupational Education in the 2016 Annual Report)
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ATA College Associates is conveniently located in East County, serving the communities of El Cajon, Santee, Lemon Grove, La Mesa, Lakeside, Alpine, Chula Vista, Spring Valley, Mission Valley and San Diego.
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