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Schools for Aspiring Jailers: How to Choose

A high school diploma or equivalent is generally the minimum education requirement for correctional officers. Individuals looking to become jailers can voluntarily seek training through college programs found at many U.S. schools.

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Aspiring jailers can prepare for a career in this field by taking training classes, a certificate in law enforcement and corrections, jailer proficiency or justice administration, or a degree in criminal justice. Correctional officers are typically trained by police departments after being hired as well.

10 Corrections Programs

The following list includes a number of public schools that offer corrections programs.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition* (2015-2016)
Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA 4-year, public Bachelor's, Master's In-state Undergraduate $8,688; Out-of-state Undergraduate $21,501; In-state Graduate $8,586; Out-of-state Graduate $20,112
Oakland University Rochester Hills, MI 4-year, public Bachelor's In-state Undergraduate $11,344; Out-of-state Undergraduate $23,522
CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice New York, NY 4-year, public Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's In-state Undergraduate $6,810; Out-of-state Undergraduate $13,920; In-state Graduate $10,130; Out-of-state Graduate $18,720
Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches, TX 4-year, public Bachelor's In-state Undergraduate $7,560; Out-of-state Undergraduate $16,920
Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, KY 4-year, public Certificate, Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's In-state Undergraduate $8,150; Out-of-state Undergraduate $17,640; In-state Graduate $9,000; Out-of-state Graduate $14,940
University of Akron Akron, OH 4-year, public Associate's, Bachelor's In-state Undergraduate $10,509; Out-of-state Undergraduate $19,040
Minnesota State University-Mankato Mankato, MN 4-year, public Bachelor's, Master's, Graduate Certificate In-state Undergraduate $7,836; Out-of-state Undergraduate $15,580; Graduate $6,849
University of Alaska-Anchorage Anchorage, AK 4-year, public Certificate, Bachelor's In-state Undergraduate $5,545; Out-of-state Undergraduate $17,177
Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, MO 4-year, public Bachelor's, Master's In-state Undergraduate $6,990; Out-of-state Undergraduate $12,375; In-state Graduate $6,259; Out-of-state Graduate $11,575
Texas State University Marcos, TX 4-year, public Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral In-state Undergraduate $9,348; Out-of-state Undergraduate $20,268; In-state Graduate $6,024; Out-of-state Graduate $13,842

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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School Selection Criteria

College certificate programs are offered through vocational schools and community colleges, as well as apprenticeship programs provided through state workforce departments.There are a number of things things to consider when choosing a program to become a jailer.

  • Aspiring correctional officers should consider career goals before selecting a training program; shorter training programs might appeal to individuals anxious to begin their careers, but those with a 4-year degree might be qualified to teach correctional trainees or be promoted to supervisory positions.
  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that some institutions, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigations, prefer or require candidates with some college education or a degree
  • Admittance to all programs requires aspiring correctional officers to have a clean criminal record; training programs complete extensive background checks for candidates.
  • Some states require correctional officers to take a certification exam, so aspiring jailers should research his or her state requirements and select a program that is aligned with the exam topics.

Training Classes for Correctional Officers

Basic training classes for correctional officers and jailers can last a few days to several weeks and typically prepare students to pass a certification exam. Some schools offer college credit that can be applied toward an associate degree. Trainees learn inmate control strategies, firearm handling, facility regulations, daily routines and responses to emergency situations.

Certificate Programs in Law Enforcement and Corrections

The length of certificate programs vary, but can usually take 6-12 months to complete. Some schools offer online learning for working enforcement officers interested in transferring into corrections. Many schools develop these programs in conjunction with city or state enforcement agencies and prison systems to meet the needs of the industry.

Associate Degree in Criminal Justice

Students enrolled in a criminal justice degree program can benefit from taking elective courses in corrections and correctional institutions. Criminal justice students study a number of topics, such as human behavior, correctional alternatives, administration and ethics of the justice system.

Individuals who are interested in becoming jailers can take law enforcement courses or pursue formal training in corrections, law enforcement or criminal justice. Many institutions offer programs ranging from an undergraduate certificate to a doctoral degree in a relevant field.

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