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Law Enforcement C.A.
Applying is easy! We have an open-admission policy, which means if you have a high school diploma or its equivalent, you’re in and we can’t wait to see you in the halls.
Law Enforcement C.A.
Department: Criminal Justice
Total Credit Hours: 32-38 credits
What Is Law Enforcement C.A.?
This certification program prepares individuals to perform the duties of police and public security officers, including patrol and investigative activities, traffic control, crowd control and public relations, witness interviewing, evidence collection and management, basic crime prevention methods, weapon and equipment operation and maintenance, report preparation and other routine law enforcement responsibilities.
Criminal Justice graduates may enter fields ranging from protective services, law enforcement and criminology.
Because of the multitude of careers in this field, the outlook is varied. Positions that have a bright outlook include compliance officers and sheriffs. These positions are projected to experience rapid increases in employment with large numbers of job openings over the next several years or are new and emerging occupations in high-growth industries.
In the state of Missouri, employees working in the criminal justice field earn a mean average of 37,200 per year, depending on education, experience and employer.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.
Criminal Justice Careers
Depending on job experience and additional education, graduates with a law enforcement Certificate of Achievement (C.A.) are employed in a broad range of careers including, but not limited to: compliance officer, computer security specialist, correction officer, court clerk, court reporter, police and detectives supervisor, police officer and sheriff.
|General Education Requirements (12-13 credits)|
|Mathematics||MAT 098 or higher||Beginning Algebra||3-4|
|Communication||ENG 101 or||English Composition I||3|
|ENG 102 or||English Composition II|
|ENG 125 or||Business Writing|
|COM 101||Oral Communication|
|Social Science||HIS 101 or||U.S. History to 1877||3|
|HIS 102 or||U.S. History Since 1877|
|HIS 115 or||U.S. History Since 1945|
|HIS 270 or||History of Missouri|
|POL 101 or||American Government|
|POL 102||State & Local Government|
|Elective||BTC/CPT 103||Microcomputer Applications||3|
|Core Course Requirements (9 credits) - Choose three of the following|
|CRJ 140||Introduction to Criminal Justice||3|
|CRJ 170||Criminal Law||3|
|CRJ 171||Criminal Evidence||3|
|CRJ 201||Criminal Justice: Politics & Policy||3|
|CRJ 205||Juvenile Justice||3|
|Law Enforcement Electives (9 credits) - Choose 3 courses from the following|
|CRJ 101||Introduction to Victimology||3|
|CRJ 103||Addictive Disease Concepts||3|
|CRJ 104||Treatment: Alcohol & Drugs||3|
|CRJ 202||Correctional Institutions||3|
|CRJ 210||Crime Victimization||3|
|CRJ 224||Constitutional Law||3|
|CRJ 230||Crisis Intervention||3|
|CRJ 240||Probation and Parole||3|
|CRJ 250||Police Administration||3|
|CRJ 260||Police Community Relations||3|
|CRJ 266||Internship II||1-6|
|CRJ 291/292||Mock Trial*||6|
|Other Required Courses (2-7 credits)|
|CRJ 265||Internship I||1-6|
|Total Required Hours: 32-38 credits|
* Students who take CRJ 291 are required to take CRJ 292 as well.