Corrections is a subsystem of the criminal justice system responsible for the custody and control of juveniles and adults who have been accused of a criminal offense. It is also a subspecialty of the criminal justice major. If you’re interested in working the corrections profession, there are degree programs available at the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels. Some schools, however, offer associate degree programs or certificates in this field. Students may begin correctional employment immediately upon graduation or continue on with their four-year degree. Many current professionals return to school to enhance career advancement opportunities.

Each school will offer its own unique program, but you can expect your classes to cover many of the same topics, some of which may include:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Police Process
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Psychology
  • Correctional Processes
  • Constitutional Law
  • Crime and Delinquency

Job Opportunities

The type of degree you earn will determine what jobs you qualify for. At the associate level, you can pursue entry-level positions in most areas of criminal justice. At the bachelor’s level, you might qualify for more advanced positions, such as:

  • Correctional Officer
  • Home Detention Specialist
  • Juvenile Detention Officer
  • Psychiatric Care Technician
  • Shelter Care Worker

The level of education earned will likely determine the jobs you qualify for in the corrections field. By earning a master’s degree, you can pursue management-level opportunities. You can also choose to work in the private or public sector.

Corrections Degree Programs

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