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Corrections Certificate
Pre-CCJLE (Criminal Justice) Certificate

Corrections Certificate (27-31 credits)

Program Planning Guide a PDF document
Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

Purpose: This certificate prepares students for entry-level positions in a state or local corrections system. This one-year certificate program will provide theoretical and practical knowledge and a well-rounded basis for interacting with corrections clients in a variety of correctional settings.

Note: If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense, you should investigate the impact that the arrest, charge or conviction may have on your chances of employment in the field you intend to study or on your chances to obtain federal, state and other higher education financial aid.

Corrections Curriculum (27-31 credits)

Course Number Title Credits
CJS 1156 Introduction to Corrections 3cr
CJS 1162 Special Populations in CJ 3cr
CJS 2112 Community Corrections 3cr
CJS 2114 Legal Issues and Corrections 3cr
CJS 2116 Report Writing in Corrections 1cr
CJS 2189 Corrections Internship – OPTIONAL 4cr
ENG 1108 Writing and Research Skills 4cr
COMM 1100 OR COMM 1110 Interpersonal Communication OR
Public Speaking
HLTH 1130 Drug Use/Abuse 3cr
SOC 1100 Introduction to Sociology 4cr
Total Credits: 28-29

*This corrections program has not yet been approved by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. Students are welcome to enroll in the required courses; however, they may not officially declare the program at this time. Check the college’s website for updates of this status.

Pre-CCJLE (Criminal Justice) Certificate (28-29 credits)

Program Planning Guide a PDF document

Purpose: The Pre-CCJLE certification program prepares individuals who have already completed a bachelor's degree or A.A./A.S. degree, in any discipline, for entry into the law enforcement profession in Minnesota.

Completion of this program enables students to enroll in the Center for Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement (CCJLE) training program. Upon successful completion of the certificate program and the CCJLE program, the student will be eligible to take the POST licensing examination. State requirements to become a police officer include a college degree and a number of specific courses. For individuals already possessing a bachelor's or A.A./A.S. degree, the Pre-CCJLE Certification Program provides the additional courses that will lead to the practical skills component, which then qualifies the person to take the licensing exam.

The Inver Hills courses listed below are the required core courses to be completed for the Pre-CCJLE Certification Program. Completion of these courses can be accomplished either by acceptance of equivalent coursework completed elsewhere or by successful completion of the courses at Inver Hills. A minimum grade of C and a cumulative GPA of 2.50 must be earned in the required coursework.

Course Number Title Credits
ENG 1108 Writing and Research Skills 4cr
ENG 1111 Writing in the Disciplines 2cr
- PSYC 1101, 1201, 1215, 1220, 1230, 2100 or equivalent 3-4cr
SOC 1100 Introduction to Sociology 4cr
SOC 1127 Social Inequality: Race, Class, Gender 3cr
SOC 1130 Family and Society 3cr
CJS 1150 Intro to the Criminal Justice System 3cr
CJS 1152 Police and Community 3cr
CJS 1154 Juvenile Justice 3cr
Total Credits: 28-29