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Law Enforcement C.A.

Department: Criminal Justice

Total Credit Hours: 32-38 credits

Complete a minimum of 32 credit hours, including 12 credit hours of general education courses (one course from communication, one course from mathematics, one course from social science, and one course from the electives.

The college grants up to 15 credit hours toward the A.A.S. degree for students who already have completed the 1000-hour course at Eastern Missouri Law Enforcement Training Academy. These credit hours will be granted at the completion of all the other A.A.S. degree requirements. See an academic advisor if you have attended or plan to attend the academy.

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.

Occupational Outlook

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.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 3 million workers are employed in the criminal justice field.

Salary Outlook

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.

Required Courses

General Education Requirements (12-13 credits)
Mathematics MAT 098 or higher Beginning Algebra 3-4
Communication ENG 101 or English Composition I or 3
ENG 102 or English Composition II or
ENG 125 or Business Writing or
SPE 101 Oral Communication
Social Science HIS 101 or U.S. History to 1877 or 3
HIS 102 or U.S. History Since 1877 or
HIS 115 or U.S. History Since 1945 or
HIS 270 or History of Missouri or
POL 101 or American Government or
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 175 Criminology 3
CRJ 201 Criminal Justice: Politics & Policy 3
CRJ 205 Juvenile Justice 3
Law Enforcement Electives (9 credits) - Choose from the following
CRJ 101 Introduction to Victimology 3
CRJ 103 Addictive Disease Concepts 3
CRJ 104 Treatment: Alcohol & Drugs 3
CRJ 110 Investigations 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
CRJ 298 Capstone 1
Total Required Hours: 32-38 credits

* Students who take CRJ 291 are required to take CRJ 292 as well.

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