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CRIMINAL JUSTICE TECHNOLOGY

Diploma

Program Description: The Criminal Justice Technology diploma program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for Criminal Justice professions. Learning opportunities develop academic, occupational, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of Criminal Justice theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive a Criminal Justice Technology diploma. Graduates who are current practitioners will benefit through enhancement of career potential. Entry-level persons will be prepared to pursue diverse opportunities in the corrections, security, investigative, and police administration fields. Completion of the Criminal Justice Technology diploma does not ensure certification of officer status in Georgia. Students must seek such certification from the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Council.

Student Learning Outcomes:
• Students will illustrate the typical employment process for a peace officer in Georgia including the requirements for peace officer certification.
• Students will evaluate common administrative and philosophical challenges encountered by criminal justice agencies.

Program Offered at the Following Sites: Cairo, Moultrie-Veterans Parkway, Thomasville, Tifton

Length of Program: Four (4) Semesters

Cost of Program: Click Here.

Entrance Dates: Beginning of each semester.

Entrance Requirements: Refer to Admissions criteria. Click for Entrance Score Requirements.

Age: Applicant must be 16 years of age or older.

Education: An applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED). College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Advisor: A Program Advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions.

Note: Students who intend to become certified as a Criminal Justice Practitioner should understand that according to the Georgia Peace Officer and Standards Training (P.O.S.T.) Council, each applicant "shall not have been convicted by any state or by the federal government of any crime the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in the federal or state prison or institution nor have been convicted of sufficient misdemeanors to establish a pattern of disregard for the law, provided that, for purposes of this paragraph, violations of traffic laws and other offenses involving the operation of motor vehicles when the applicant has received a pardon shall not be considered." This means that the Council will require a thorough Criminal and Traffic History be completed to include but not limited to: a Certified Driver’s History, a Georgia Crime Information Center, and a National Crime Information Center printout.

The P.O.S.T. Council also has other requirements for certification. See program advisor for this additional information.

Additional Requirements: A Criminal background check and drug toxicology may be required for Internship/Externship and/or Employer. Results will affect employment options and will need to be discussed with advisor.

Program Final Exit Point: Criminal Justice Technology, Diploma.

Credits Required for Graduation: 48 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation

Students with Basic Peace Officer Certification and/or Basic Correctional Officer Certification may be eligible for prior learning credit. This will be addressed on an individual basis if requested by the student. Refer to the Advanced Placement Credit section of the handbook.

For more information regarding this program including job placement rate, on-time graduation rate, costs, occupational information, etc., Please Click Here.

Curriculum

Credit Hours

1. Basic Skills Courses (9 hours)
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I 3
PSYC 1010 Basic Psychology 3
And one of the following (3 hours)
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics 3
MATH 1013 Algebraic Concepts (3)
MATH 1015 Geometry and Trigonometry (3)
2. Institutional Credit (3 hours)
COLL 1500 Student Success
3. Occupational Courses (39 hours)
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers 3
CRJU 1010 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJU 1030 Corrections 3
CRJU 1040 Principles of Law Enforcement 3
CRJU 1068 Criminal Law for Criminal Justice 3
CRJU 1400 Ethics and Cultural Perspectives for Criminal Justice 3
CRJU 2020 Constitutional Law for Criminal Justice 3
CRJU 2050 Criminal Procedure 3
CRJU 2070 Juvenile Justice 3
Elec CRJU Elective - 9 Hours of CRJU Courses 9
and one of the following (3 hours)
CRJU 2090 Criminal Justice Practicum 3
CRJU 2100 Criminal Justice Externship (3)
Day, Rusty
Criminal Justice Technology Faculty
School of Professional Services
Tifton
O: (229) 391-2649
rday@southernregional.edu
Ewell, Fredrick
Criminal Justice Technology Faculty
Professional Services
Thomasville
O: (229) 378-2907
fewell@southernregional.edu
Murray, Karen
Criminal Justice Technology Faculty
Professional Services
Thomasville
O: (229) 227-2542
kmurray@southernregional.edu
Rakestraw, Tara
Criminal Justice Technology Program Chair
School of Professional Services
Moultrie Veterans Parkway
O: (229) 217-4171
trakestraw@southernregional.edu