Program Overview

The Introduction to Criminal Justice program offered by Southeastern Technical College is a basic certificate program designed to educate students on the fundamentals of criminal justice and criminology. As completion of this program does not result in a degree, the program is appropriate for students that wish to take some coursework in criminal justice before committing to a degree program.

Graduates may also be prepared for entry-level positions in criminal justice, including law enforcement, corrections, and various levels of the judicial system, though there is no guarantee. Applicants should know that completion of this certificate program does not directly ensure certification of officer status in the state of Georgia. Students seeking such certification must do so by going through the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. Prospective candidates should also be aware that a conviction of a felony or multiple misdemeanor offenses may result in the prevention of employment in the criminal justice field.

To complete this program, those enrolled must earn a total of 12 hours of credit, a sequence that can usually be completed in about two semesters. All credits for this program come from a set of four required three-credit courses under the criminal justice umbrella. The first course, an Introduction to Criminal Justice, covers the history and present working of the criminal justice system in the United States, including constitutional limits and future career options and the associated requirements. The other required courses are Corrections, Principles of Law Enforcement, and Criminal Procedure.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Council on Occupational Education

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Southeastern Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate Degrees.

    School Overview

    The story of today’s Southeastern Technical College begins in Emanuel County in 1963. That year, Swainsboro Area Vocational Technical School opened, made real through the efforts and support of the local legislators and citizens in the Emanuel County area. Swainsboro Area Vocational Technical School converted to state governance in 1987 and was renamed Swainsboro Technical Institute. The school became Southeastern Technical College in 1990.

    STC offers associate's degree programs, occupational certificates, and diplomas, many of which can be earned completely online.


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