Corrections – Certificate

This certificate program offers an opportunity to begin a study of all of the components of corrections. Students will explore institutions, private security, and the general safe keeping of all individuals detained. It provides a starting point to continue with an associate degree or become employed in many sectors. Employment includes prison guards, jail correction officers, juvenile facility youth specialist (both public and private) and private security.


Program Requirements

Minimum credits 18
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.0
Minimum grade in all courses 2.0
Minimum Jackson College credits 15

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
ENG 131 Writing Experience I 3 ENG 085 and ENG 091

This is an intensive writing course. Narrative and descriptive modes are stressed. Basic research strategies are introduced. An end-of-the-semester portfolio is required.

CORE REQUIREMENTS

Take the following:

Course # Course Name Credits Prerequisites Notes
CRJ 119 Client Growth & Development 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

A corrections-oriented course involving the study of normal versus criminal behavior, human development and criminal pattern. Also involves the study of specific problems including substance abuse, sexual and medical problems and disorders.

CRJ 120 Human Relations for Corrections 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

A study of the meaning and function of culture and the social and psychological implications of discrimination. Also involves a survey of minorities in Michigan, attitude formation and professional responsiveness.

CRJ 121 Introduction to Corrections 3 ENG 085*, ENG 090*, and MAT 020*

A survey of the American corrections system as a component of the criminal justice system.

CRJ 124 Institution Populations 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

The nature, composition and dynamics of the prison population as a separate society are central topics in this course.

CRJ 127 Corrections Law 3 ENG 085* and ENG 090*

Deals with the law as it applies to the correctional system. Applicable court cases and legislation will be considered. Topics will include sentencing, prisoners’ rights and responsibilities; loss of rights, prisoner remedies; community corrections and restoration of rights of offenders.

These courses are recommended for prospective State of Michigan correctional officers. Each corrections course must be completed with a 2.0 to meet the requirement of the Michigan Correctional Officers Training Council.