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Course SummaryTake Criminal Justice for Teachers to earn 3 college credits to apply toward your licensure renewal requirements. Learn with fun and engaging criminal justice video lessons that you can watch around your teaching schedule.
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How It Works
Earn professional development credits to renew your teaching license with Criminal Justice for Teachers. Brush up on criminal justice topics so you can better teach political science, sociology, history, and other related topics. Learn on your own schedule and at your own pace. You can complete this course in under two weeks - perfect for teachers who need to earn criminal justice credits in a hurry!
- Watch engaging video lessons about law enforcement and the court system.
- Check your knowledge of things like constitutional law and criminal justice agencies with practice quizzes and exams.
- Ask clarification questions from our expert criminal justice instructors.
- Earn 3 college credits by taking the DSST Criminal Justice exam.
Always check with your school district or state Department of Education to ensure that the course credits will be accepted before beginning the course. DSST credits are accepted by over 2,000 schools and directly by many state departments of education.
Who's It For?
Criminal Justice for Teachers is ideal for any teachers looking to earn credits to use toward licensure renewal. The flexible, self-paced format makes it easy to fit your studies into a busy schedule. The course is fully online, so you can study anytime, anywhere. This course also benefits:
- Social science teachers who want to brush up on criminal justice
- Teachers who want to incorporate engaging criminal justice videos into their instruction
- Teachers planning a criminal justice unit or course
- Aspiring criminal justice teachers
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- Fun and Engaging: Animations and interesting examples make criminal justice easy to learn.
- Expert Instructors: Expert criminal justice instructors break difficult concepts down so they are easy to remember.
- Practice Makes Perfect: Quizzes and practice exams let you review criminal justice terminology and key concepts and track what you've mastered.
- Quick and Flexible: Learn on your own schedule and on any device. You could earn criminal justice credits in less than two weeks.
- Access our full library of professional development courses for teachers, including Pathophysiology for Teachers, Human and Cultural Geography for Teachers, and Fundamentals of Education for Teachers.
- Find 10,000 engaging lessons that you can use in your classroom or assign out to students.
- Watch more lessons in criminal justice as well as sociology, history, political science, and other related topics.
- Earn transferable college credit for dozens of courses.
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Course Plan for Earning Credit in Less Than Two Weeks
Follow this course plan if you want to complete Criminal Justice for Teachers and be ready to earn transferable credit in less than two weeks. For each chapter assignment, take all of the lesson quizzes and the practice chapter exam at the end of each chapter. If you miss any questions, review the video lesson to master the concept.
|Day||Chapter||What You'll Learn|
|Day 1||Chapter 1||Introduction to Crime and Criminology (definition of criminology, types of crime, how crime is measured, relation between crime and social class)|
|Day 2||Chapter 2||Theories of Crime (various schools of thought on criminology, including biological and social learning theories)|
|Day 3||Chapter 3||Types of Crime (categories of crime, including crimes against persons, property crimes, terrorism and white collar crime)|
|Day 4||Chapter 4|
|Victims and Victimization in Criminal Justice (definition of a crime victim, risk of victimization, services for victims of crime)|
The Criminal Justice Field (history of the U.S. system of criminal justice, process, victims' rights)
|Day 5||Chapter 6||Criminal Justice Agencies in the U.S. (various agencies and offices, including U.S. Attorney General, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshals Service)|
|Day 6||Chapter 7||Law Enforcement in the U.S. (history of U.S. policing, public and private agencies)|
|Day 7||Chapter 8||The Role of the Police Department (styles of policing, ethics in policing, legal restraints on police)|
|Day 8||Chapter 9||The U.S. Court System (history and development of the American system, the Supreme Court, courtroom participants)|
|Day 9||Chapter 10|
|Constitutional Law in the U.S. (a look at rights guaranteed by various amendments) |
Criminal Law in the U.S. (origins of American law, the nature of law, criminal and civil law)
|Day 10||Chapter 12||The Criminal Trial in the U.S. Justice System (elementary and requirements of a trial, stages, post-trial processes)|
|Day 11||Chapter 13||The Sentencing Process in Criminal Justice (goals of sentencing, sentencing options, trends in sentencing)|
|Day 12||Chapter 14||Corrections and Correctional Institutions (probation and parole, characteristics of inmate populations, current issues in the corrections system)|
|Day 13||Chapter 15||The Juvenile Justice System (development of the system, differences between the adult and juvenile systems, juvenile rights)|
|Day 14||Final Exam||Take the practice final exam to see what you've mastered and make sure you are ready to earn credit for criminal justice|
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