Maryland has a variety of programs in the field of corrections. There are associate's, bachelor's and advanced degree programs that include instruction in corrections; certificate programs are available as well. Criminal justice programs typically include some training in corrections, and many schools offer specialized certificate programs or academic majors in this field.
Instruction in criminal law, criminality, and rehabilitation is typically part of a criminal justice program. Some schools prepare students for entry-level jobs, and others require prior acceptance to a corrections officer training program or current employment in law enforcement.
Baltimore City Community College
Students in the law enforcement and correctional administration program at Baltimore City Community College's Liberty campus in Baltimore can choose the correctional administration or the law enforcement option. This program, which is offered in conjunction with the Baltimore City Police Department, is designed for those who are enrolled in the police academy or already employed in the law enforcement field. Students must complete at least 64 credits to obtain the degree for either option.
North East's Cecil College offers an associate's degree program in criminal justice with a corrections option. Required courses include corrections counseling, criminal law, corrections administration and probation, parole and community corrections in the United States. This program requires students to complete 65 credits of coursework to receive the degree. Students may be able to transfer credits to regional institutions that have articulation agreements with Cecil College.
Chesapeake College in Wye Mills offers an associate's program with a law enforcement concentration. Students must complete 62 credits to receive the degree. The program includes courses on correctional law, current problems in criminal justice, community corrections and juvenile delinquency. Each student enrolled in the degree program has the opportunity to participate in a cooperative work experience.
Coppin State University
Located in Baltimore, Coppin State University offers a Master of Science in Criminal Justice program with four specializations: crime and delinquency prevention and control, criminal justice planning and research, administration and correctional counseling. This program offers students a thesis and a non-thesis option. Students must complete 9 credits of coursework in their chosen specialization and earn a minimum of 33 credits to receive this degree. The university also provides a Master of Education in Correctional Education program with specializations in correctional administration, correctional education and correctional counseling. Core courses include theories and techniques in counseling, statistics in the social\behavioral sciences, research methods in the social\behavioral sciences and group counseling.
Frederick Community College
Frederick Community College provides a corrections certificate program at its Frederick campus. This program is designed for those who desire a career in corrections as well as those who are already employed in the field. Students are required to earn 27 credits for the certificate. The curriculum includes courses on criminal justice, drug and alcohol use, criminal law, social problems and criminology.
Prince George's Community College
Prince George's Community College in Largo provides a correctional services option in its criminal justice associate's program. This option requires students to complete three corrections courses and seven criminal justice technology courses. The three required corrections courses are an introduction to corrections, community-based corrections and corrections management. The required criminal justice technology courses cover topics like criminal evidence and procedure, terrorism, criminal investigation and juvenile delinquency.
University of Baltimore
The University of Baltimore offers a master's criminal justice program with a corrections option at its campus in Baltimore. Students can choose the thesis program that requires them to earn 30-33 credits for the degree or they can enroll in the non-thesis program that requires them to complete 36-39 credits and pass two written exams. The corrections courses include subjects like community corrections, managing correctional organizations and contemporary corrections. The University of Baltimore also offers a dual-degree program that allows students to earn a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and a Juris Doctor.
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Princess Anne-based University of Maryland Eastern Shore offers a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program that gives students the choice of concentrations in corrections, law enforcement and pre-law preparation. Courses required for the major provide instruction on corrections, law enforcement, criminal law and the courts. The university also provides a master's program in criminology and criminal justice that offers a thesis and a non-thesis option and three concentrations. These concentrations are corrections and delinquency prevention, law enforcement and the courts and criminology and research.
Wor-Wic Community College
Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury offers a certificate and an associate's program in criminal justice. Each program offers several options, including corrections. Students must earn 31 credit hours to receive the certificate by completing courses such as correctional law, probation and parole, correctional counseling and correctional operations. In addition to the corrections option, the associate's program also provides the option for those employed in corrections and law enforcement to attend the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy, which is a police and corrections training academy run by the college.
Those who work in corrections are often employed by police departments. Candidates for these law enforcement positions must pass written, physical agility, medical and polygraph tests in addition to a criminal background check. On-the-job training is also required for corrections officers in most states.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Programs Offered||Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)|
|Baltimore City Community College||2-year, public; large city||Associate in Applied Science in Law Enforcement and Correctional Administration||$2,578 in-state; $6,070 out-of-state*|
|Cecil College||2-year, public; rural fringe||Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice with Corrections Option||$3,660 in-district; $6,360 in-state; $7,710 out-of-state*|
|Chesapeake College||2-year, public; rural distant||Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice with Law Enforcement concentration||$3,676 in-district; $5,368 in-state; $7,216 out-of-state*|
|Coppin State University||4-year, public; large city|| Master of Science in Criminal Justice with Correctional Counseling Specialization,
Master of Education in Correctional Education
|$6,840 in-district, $7,110 in-state; $11,718 out-of-state*|
|Frederick Community College||2-year, public; small city||Corrections Certificate||$3,364 in-district; $6,628 in-state; $8,788 out-of-state*|
|Prince George's Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice with Correctional Services Option||$3,650 in-district; $5,762 in-state; $8,090 out-of-state*|
|University of Baltimore||4-year, public; large city||Master of Science in Criminal Justice with Corrections Specialization,
Dual Juris Doctor/Master of Science in Criminal Justice
|$14,496 in-state; $20,219 out-of-state*|
|University of Maryland Eastern Shore||4-year, public; town fringe|| Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with Corrections Option,
Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice with Corrections and Delinquency Prevention Concentration
| Undergraduate: $7,625 in-state; $16,687 out-of-state
Graduate: $7,540 in-state, $13,324 out-of-state*
|Wor-Wic Community College||2-year, public; rural fringe||Criminal Justice Certificate of Proficiency with Corrections Option,
Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice with Corrections Option
|$2,880 in-district; $5,952 in-state; $7,224 out-of-state*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.