Corrections Colleges and Programs

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Corrections officers, also referred to as correctional officers, are in charge of managing correctional facilities (prisons, jails, detention facilities, etc.) and their inmates. For students interested in pursuing a career in corrections, earning a corrections degree from an accredited college or university is most direct and sure pathway. Earning a degree in corrections prepares students for a myriad of careers including corrections officer, probation officer, detention officer, parole officer, bailiff and correctional treatment officer, to name just a few.

At minimum a corrections officer must obtain a high school diploma, or the equivalent (GED). For corrections jobs working with federal agencies and institutions a four-year college degree in a relevant field is typically a prerequisite. Career advancement opportunities, higher salary and benefits and job mobility are additional benefits of earning a college degree. While both associate and bachelor degrees are popular choices for those looking to qualify for entry-level positions, earning a master's degree in corrections, or a related field, is the best option for those that want to maximize their career opportunities. Corrections degrees are offered by institutions throughout the United States.

Types of Corrections Programs

As previously mentioned, corrections degrees are offered at the associate's, bachelor's and master's level. The associate degree in corrections is 2-year program and offers students the quickest pathway to becoming a corrections officer. Associate's degrees in corrections prepare students to monitor inmates, assist in the rehabilitation of criminals, work in the criminal justice system, cousel inmates, collect and record information and establish (and enforce) rules of conduct. Some of the courses included in associate degree programs in corrections includes introductions to criminal justice, sociology, psychology and legal studies, among others. Core curriculum typically focuses on correction facilities, criminal psychology, population management and inmate rehabilitation. Associate degrees provide basic subject knowledge that qualifies students for the most entry-level posistions in corrections.

The degree of choice for those seeking to launch a career in corrections is the bachelor's degree. These days, most corrections positions, especially at the federal level, require candidates to possess a bachelor's degree in corrections or a closely related discipline. A bachelor's degree in corrections provides a more indepth study into the discipline than an associate's degree and provides graduates much better understanding of how to work with and management inmate populations. Most bachelor's degree programs in corrections take from three to four years to complete. Graduates with a bachelor's degree will have a much easier time pursuing job opportunities in corrections than associate degree holders.

In addition to the job opportunitied mentioned above, there are numerous career advancement opportunities for corrections officers and criminal justice professionals who have earned a graduate degree. A master's degree is a common prerequisite for supervisory, management and administrative positions within corrections and the justice system at the local, state and federal level. Most master's degree programs take about two years to complete, although there are a few accelerated programs that can be completed in less time. Master's students can look forward to coursework that includes criminal law, justice administration, juvenile justice, court and criminal justice system, advanced criminology, research methods in criminal justice and correctional theories and practices.

Job Outlook for Corrections Officers

Unfortunately, there is no end in site to our growing inmate populations. The good news? Well, the increase in incarceration rates means there's is going to be strong and stable demand for corrections officers for many years to come. In fact, over the next 10 years the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is predicting a nearly 20% increase in the number job opportunities for correctional officers. The demand will even extend into the private sector, as many corrections agencies that are currently run by the state will begin contracting with private prisons in order the meet the need for correctional services.

Corrections programs are designed to teach students the principles and theories of correctional science and to function as professional corrections officers and other workers in private and/or public incarceration facilities. The colleges, universities and schools below offer majors and accredited degree programs in corrections. To learn more about a specific school click on any of the links below.

Alpena Community College

665 Johnson St, Alpena, MI 49707

Phone Number:(989) 356-9021
Website:www.alpenacc.edu
School Type:2-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:Rural fringe community
Campus housing:No
Student Population:2,604 (2,604 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:17 to 1

Alvin Community College

3110 Mustang Rd, Alvin, TX 77511-4898

Phone Number:(281) 756-3500
Website:www.alvincollege.edu
School Type:2-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
4-year certificate
Campus setting:Large suburb
Campus housing:No
Student Population:6,273 (6,273 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:22 to 1

Amarillo College

2011 S. Washington, Amarillo, TX 79109

Phone Number:(806) 371-5000
Website:www.actx.edu
School Type:2-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:Midsize city
Campus housing:No
Student Population:14,016 (14,016 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:39 to 1

Arizona Western College

2020 S. Avenue 8E, Yuma, AZ 85365-8834

Phone Number:(928) 317-6000
Website:www.azwestern.edu
School Type:2-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:Finge town
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:11,858 (11,858 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:29 to 1

Arkansas State University-Beebe

1000 Iowa Street, Beebe, AR 72012-1000

Phone Number:(501) 882-3600
Website:www.asub.edu
School Type:2-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:Finge town
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:6,640 (6,640 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:25 to 1

Austin Community College District

5930 Middle Fiskville Rd, Austin, TX 78752

Phone Number:(512) 223-7000
Website:www.austincc.edu
School Type:2-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:Large city
Campus housing:No
Student Population:64,276 (64,276 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:36 to 1

Baker College of Auburn Hills

1500 University Dr, Auburn Hills, MI 48326-2642

Phone Number:(248) 340-0600
Website:www.baker.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Campus setting:Large suburb
Campus housing:No
Student Population:5,598 (5,581 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:24 to 1

Baker College of Cadillac

9600 E 13th St, Cadillac, MI 49601-9600

Phone Number:(231) 876-3101
Website:www.baker.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Campus setting:Remote town
Campus housing:No
Student Population:2,740 (2,740 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:14 to 1

Baker College of Flint

1050 West Bristol Road, Flint, MI 48507-5508

Phone Number:(810) 766-4000
Website:www.baker.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Campus setting:Large suburb
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:8,474 (8,464 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:23 to 1

Baker College of Jackson

2800 Springport Rd, Jackson, MI 49202-1290

Phone Number:(517) 789-6123
Website:www.baker.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Campus setting:Small suburb
Campus housing:No
Student Population:2,674 (2,655 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:26 to 1

Baker College of Muskegon

1903 Marquette Ave, Muskegon, MI 49442

Phone Number:(231) 777-8800
Website:www.Baker.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Campus setting:Small city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:7,213 (7,195 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:28 to 1

Baker College of Port Huron

3403 Lapeer Road, Port Huron, MI 48060

Phone Number:(810) 985-7000
Website:www.baker.edu/
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Campus setting:Small suburb
Campus housing:No
Student Population:2,445 (2,439 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:20 to 1

Bakersfield College

1801 Panorama Dr, Bakersfield, CA 93305-1299

Phone Number:(661) 395-4011
Website:www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/
School Type:2-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:Large city
Campus housing:No
Student Population:29,148 (29,148 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:58 to 1

Baltimore City Community College

2901 Liberty Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215-7893

Phone Number:(410) 462-8300
Website:www.bccc.edu
School Type:2-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:Large city
Campus housing:No
Student Population:10,754 (10,754 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:26 to 1

Bay de Noc Community College

2001 N Lincoln Road, Escanaba, MI 49829-2511

Phone Number:(906) 786-5802
Website:www.baycollege.edu/
School Type:2-year public
Awards Offered:2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:Remote town
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:2,767 (2,767 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:15 to 1

Bay Mills Community College

12214 W Lakeshore Dr, Brimley, MI 49715

Phone Number:906E13
Website:www.bmcc.edu
School Type:2-year public
Awards Offered:2-year certificate
Associate's degree
4-year certificate
Campus setting:Distant rural community
Campus housing:No
Student Population:759 (759 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:64 to 1
Financial Aid:http://www.bmcc.cuny.edu/finaid/

Belmont Technical College

120 Fox Shannon Place, Saint Clairsville, OH 43950

Phone Number:(740) 695-9500
Website:www.btc.edu
School Type:2-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:Rural fringe community
Campus housing:No
Student Population:3,067 (3,067 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:18 to 1

Brevard Community College

1519 Clearlake Rd, Cocoa, FL 32922

Phone Number:(321) 632-1111
Website:www.brevardcc.edu
School Type:2-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
4-year certificate
Campus setting:Large suburb
Campus housing:No
Student Population:22,553 (22,553 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:22 to 1

Broome Community College

907 Upper Front St, Binghamton, NY 13905

Phone Number:(607) 778-5000
Website:www.sunybroome.edu
School Type:2-year public
Awards Offered:2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:Midsize suburb
Campus housing:No
Student Population:8,999 (8,999 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:20 to 1

Broward College

225 E las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Phone Number:(954) 201-7400
Website:www.broward.edu
School Type:4-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Campus setting:Midsize city
Campus housing:No
Student Population:51,013 (51,013 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:33 to 1

Central Washington University

400 East University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7501

Phone Number:(509) 963-1111
Website:www.cwu.edu
School Type:4-year public
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Campus setting:Distant town
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:12,944 (12,073 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:22 to 1

College of the Redwoods

7351 Tompkins Hill Rd, Eureka, CA 95501-9300

Phone Number:(707) 476-4100
Website:www.redwoods.edu
School Type:2-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
4-year certificate
Campus setting:Remote town
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:9,788 (9,788 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:25 to 1

Daytona State College

1200 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Phone Number:(386) 506-3000
Website:www.DaytonaState.edu
School Type:4-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Campus setting:Small city
Campus housing:No
Student Population:21,654 (21,654 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:22 to 1

Eastern Wyoming College

3200 West C St, Torrington, WY 82240-1699

Phone Number:(307) 532-8200
Website:ewc.wy.edu
School Type:2-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:Rural fringe community
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:1,937 (1,937 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:20 to 1

Florida State College at Jacksonville

501 W State St, Jacksonville, FL 32202

Phone Number:(904) 359-5433
Website:www.fscj.edu
School Type:4-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
4-year certificate
Bachelor's degree
Campus setting:Large city
Campus housing:No
Student Population:43,218 (43,218 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:39 to 1

Garrett College

687 Mosser Road, McHenry, MD 21541

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Phone Number:(301) 387-3000
Website:www.garrettcollege.edu
School Type:2-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:Distant rural community
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:1,040 (1,040 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:16 to 1

Hardin-Simmons University

2200 Hickory, Abilene, TX 79698-0001

Phone Number:(325) 670-1000
Website:www.hsutx.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree
Campus setting:Midsize city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:2,556 (2,011 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:14 to 1

Iowa Wesleyan College

601 N Main Street, Mount Pleasant, IA 52641

Phone Number:(319) 385-8021
Website:www.iwc.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Campus setting:Remote town
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:969 (969 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:8 to 1

Joliet Junior College

1215 Houbolt Rd, Joliet, IL 60431-8938

Phone Number:(815) 729-9020
Website:www.jjc.edu
School Type:2-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:Rural fringe community
Campus housing:No
Student Population:27,066 (27,066 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:39 to 1

Kaplan University

18618 Crestwood Dr, Hagerstown, MD 21742

Phone Number:3(017) 392-6700
Website:getinfo.kaplancollege.com/KaplanCollegePortal/K…
School Type:4-year private for-profit
Awards Offered:2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Campus setting:Midsize suburb
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:1,279 (1,279 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:21 to 1

Labette Community College

200 S 14th, Parsons, KS 67357-4201

Phone Number:(620) 421-6700
Website:www.labette.edu
School Type:2-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:Remote town
Campus housing:No
Student Population:2,628 (2,628 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:15 to 1

Lake Superior State University

650 W Easterday Ave, Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783

Phone Number:(906) 632-6841
Website:www.lssu.edu
School Type:4-year public
Awards Offered:2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Campus setting:Remote town
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:2,960 (2,923 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:17 to 1

Midland College

3600 N Garfield, Midland, TX 79705

Phone Number:(432) 685-4500
Website:www.midland.edu
School Type:4-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Campus setting:Midsize city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:9,674 (9,674 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:28 to 1

New Mexico State University-Grants

1500 N. Third Street, Grants, NM 87020

Phone Number:(505) 287-7981
Website:grants.nmsu.edu/
School Type:2-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:Remote town
Campus housing:No
Student Population:2,481 (2,481 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:38 to 1

Peninsula College

1502 E Lauridsen Blvd, Port Angeles, WA 98362

Phone Number:(360) 452-9277
Website:www.pencol.edu
School Type:4-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Campus setting:Remote town
Campus housing:No
Student Population:7,355 (7,355 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:46 to 1

Reedley College

995 N Reed Ave, Reedley, CA 93654

Phone Number:(559) 638-3641
Website:www.reedleycollege.edu
School Type:2-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:Distant town
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:20,879 (20,879 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:32 to 1

Saint Louis University-Main Campus

One Grand Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63103-2097

Phone Number:(314) 977-2222
Website:www.imagine.slu.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree
Campus setting:Large city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:18,320 (12,736 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:12 to 1

Sierra College

5000 Rocklin Road, Rocklin, CA 95677-3397

Phone Number:(916) 624-3333
Website:www.sierracollege.edu
School Type:2-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:Large suburb
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:30,014 (30,014 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:34 to 1

Texas State University-San Marcos

601 University Dr, San Marcos, TX 78666

Phone Number:(512) 245-2111
Website:www.txstate.edu
School Type:4-year public
Awards Offered:Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Doctor's degree
Campus setting:Distant town
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:33,105 (27,534 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:25 to 1

Tyler Junior College

1400 East Fifth Street, Tyler, TX 75798

Phone Number:(903) 510-2200
Website:WWW.TJC.EDU
School Type:2-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
Campus setting:Small city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:13,771 (13,771 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:23 to 1

University of Arkansas at Monticello

Highway 425 South, Monticello, AR 71656

Phone Number:(870) 367-6811
Website:www.uamont.edu
School Type:4-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
4-year certificate
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Campus setting:Remote town
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:4,267 (4,064 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:21 to 1

University of Indianapolis

1400 E Hanna Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46227-3697

Phone Number:(317) 788-3368
Website:uindy.edu
School Type:4-year private not-for-profit
Awards Offered:Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Doctor's degree – professional practice
Campus setting:Large city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:5,545 (4,008 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:13 to 1

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

4200 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Phone Number:(412) 624-4141
Website:www.pitt.edu
School Type:4-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
4-year certificate
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree
Campus setting:Large city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:33,373 (21,693 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:8 to 1

University of the District of Columbia

4200 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Phone Number:(202) 274-5012
Website:www.udc.edu
School Type:4-year public
Awards Offered:Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Campus setting:Large city
Campus housing:No
Student Population:9,957 (9,544 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:30 to 1

Weber State University

3848 Harrison Blvd, Ogden, UT 84408-1137

Phone Number:(801) 626-6000
Website:www.weber.edu
School Type:4-year public
Awards Offered:1-year certificate
2-year certificate
Associate's degree
4-year certificate
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Campus setting:Small city
Campus housing:Yes
Student Population:28,129 (27,418 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty Ratio:33 to 1

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