Corrections Specialist

Corrections Specialist

Technical Diploma

About the Corrections Specialist Program

Criminal Justice-Corrections Specialist certificate provides students with a marketable diploma specifically related to a career in a jail or corrections setting after their first year of school which would allow them to move into the world of work if they are not able to continue with their education. At the end of the second semester, students are eligible to take the State Scenario testing.

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Students and instructor training for jail academy

Program Outline

Semester: 1
Course # Course Title Credits
1050410400 Criminal Justice Program Orientation
Description

Covers the following topics: program overview, related careers, college services and support services available, library resources, introduction to academic research techniques, and introduction to Blackboard. The course will help students increase critical and creative thinking skills and better prepare them for program and overall college success.

1.00
1050490700 Community Policing Strategies
Description

Deals with the sociological aspects of police-community interactions. The dynamics of a diverse society are explored in order to develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes that reflect understanding of the diversity within communities.

3.00
1080119500 Written Communication
Description

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. A variety of writing assignments is designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

3.00
Semester: 2
Course # Course Title Credits
1050410000 Introduction to Corrections
Description

This class will provide a foundation to students that will enter the corrections profession. The course will cover Ethics and Ethical Decision Making, Professional Communication Skills, Report Preparation, and Correctional Law. The course is aligned with the State of Wisconsin DOJ Jail Academy requirements.

3.00
1050492000 Corrections Security Procedures
Description

Learners will demonstrate the steps involved in receiving and releasing inmates, maintaining security, and practicing the basic principles of supervision and behavior control. Topics include: admission, release, and search procedures; use of jail locking and surveillance equipment; principles of supervision; and inmate health management procedures. All procedures are consistent with the DOJ Jail Certifiability Standards. Covers DOJ topics introduction to POSC, admit and release inmates, inmate supervision and behavior control, supervision of special inmates/crisis intervention, maintenance of jail security, supervision of juveniles, and personal stress management.

3.00
1050492100 Corrections Emergency Procedures
Description

Learners will demonstrate the Principles of Subject Control (POSC) in a correctional environment with an emphasis on team tactics, and will develop the skills needed for mitigation of hostage-type situations. Learners will apply current fire science concepts to jail fire-prevention and response, including search and rescue, fire suppression, and use of safety equipment. This course will include DOJ topics POSC, jail hostage response, jail health care, jail fire safety, and CPR.

3.00

At A Glance

Flexible Options

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On Campus

Approximate Cost

$2,147*

Financial Aid Eligible

*Based on 10-level courses - materials, books, and fees may be additional

What You'll Learn

  • Basic understanding of the criminal justice system
  • Ability to create accurate and detailed reports
  • Understanding of jail and correctional laws and procedures
  • Understanding of juvenile laws and procedures related to the jail and corrections setting
  • Understanding of corrections security procedures related to facilities
  • Standard and protocols for supervising inmates
  • Ability to communicate in a professional manner in a jail or corrections environment
  • Proper medical response to jail situations
  • Ability to deal with inmates with mental health issues

Your Potential Careers

  • Corrections Officer
  • Jailer
  • Private Security
  • Prison Guard

Get Started

Your application can be submitted online, it takes just a few minutes to complete.

Become a Student

Earn a Bachelor's Degree

Gainful Employment

The information is provided as a federal requirement in an effort to help students make informed educational decisions. Specifically, Gainful Employment aims to provide information related to future potential debt burden in comparison to the expected earnings in a chosen program or field.