Program Overview

The Criminal Justice degree program offered by Penn Foster College consists of 121 credits. Through this program, students should gain the skills to work in retail security or within federal, state, or county courts and correction systems. More specialized courses include Crime Scene Investigation, Family Law, Organized Crime, and Substance Abuse and Treatment in Criminal Justice, from which students can choose what they would like to take based on their field of interest.

Penn Foster offers students the knowledge needed to be a criminal justice professional. Graduates of this program will be able to work in law enforcement, upholding rules and regulations, work in crime prevention, protecting property and business, or work to protect the rights of the public. A criminal justice professional will need to practice ethics in criminal justice, also gaining skills in criminology, police management and evidence.

Students will receive their first course after the enrollment process goes through and the student is accepted. At the end of each semester, students are expected to take a proctored examination based on specified coursed taken during the semester.

For a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, students are required to fulfill general education courses by taking classing such as Humanities, Social Science, English/Communication, Science, and Math/Computer Science, totaling 43 credits. Core criminal justice courses account for 63 credits, where students take classes including Criminal Procedure, Administration of Justice, and Supervision and Leadership. Student wanting the degree in Criminal Justice will need 15 elective credits. Students make choose from courses such as  Organized Crime, Crime Scene Investigation, Crisis Intervention, and Legal Environment of Business.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Penn Foster Career School, Penn Foster High School, and Penn Foster College are nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

    Requirements

    Students will need access to a Microsoft® Windows®-based computer running Windows® XP or later, Microsoft® Office 2010, and high-speed Internet in order to complete this program with Penn Foster.

    School Overview

    Penn Foster’s expertise in distance learning and genuine desire to help students meet their educational aspirations has helped students worldwide for over a century. More than 13,000,000 people have benefitted from Penn Foster programs, and more than 130,000 students are actively enrolled in studies. Penn Foster offers online career-focused and blended learning opportunities completely at a distance, and retains headquarters in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

    Penn Foster supports distance education students with:

    • Open enrollment
    • Self-paced online courses 
    • 24/7 online support
    • A Penn Foster Study Planner that organizes study plans and due dates
    • Exams provided through the online Student Portal
    • Career services 
    DISTANCE AND ONLINE EDUCATION

    Penn Foster offers a broad scope of degrees, careers diplomas, and certificates ranging from high school diplomas to undergraduate certificates to associate and bachelor’s degrees. Three schools make up Penn Foster.

    • Penn Foster College awards associate and bachelor’s degrees.
    • Penn Foster Career School provides career diploma and certificate opportunities.
    • Penn Foster High School gives students the choice to earn a traditional high school diploma, or opt to complete diplomas with career concentrations.

    Degree programs offered at Penn Foster College include studies in:

    • Business Management
    • Finance
    • Graphic Design
    • Medical Assistant
    • Human Resources Management.

    Many of the programs can be finished within two years; however, completion time depends upon the degree program as well as each student’s schedule.

    There are over 70 vocational training programs and 20 associate degrees. Industrial courses allow students to build their skill set in a variety of fields such as:

    • Construction
    • Vehicle Maintenance
    • Mechanical Maintenance
    • Industrial Safety.

    Though Penn Foster does not have a physical campus, some courses may blend online learning with more traditional forms of correspondence courses, including textbooks and print materials for study purposes.

    In addition to national accreditation, Penn Foster is recognized by:

    • Regional accreditation by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for Penn Foster Career School non-degree granting postsecondary programs 
    • Regional accreditation by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools for Penn Foster High School grades 9 through adult
    • An Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)
    • State licensure by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools for Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster High School
    • State licensure by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education for Penn Foster College, with authorization to award Associate of Science Degrees, Bachelor of Science Degrees, and Undergraduate Certificates
    • ACE CREDIT, of the American Council on Education, for many of Penn Foster College courses

    Penn Foster upholds a strong, military-friendly relationship and retains a 2016 Military Friendly School® designation by G.I. Jobs. Penn Foster supports the military and veterans with discounts and VA benefits.

    Students who are interested in more details on specific programs and requirements should request more information.

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