Can a criminal justice degree be used in education?


Can a criminal justice degree be used in education?

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There are two very connected professions where a criminal justice degree may be used in the field of education: (1) as a teacher, and (2) as a researcher.

Teacher. The most apparent intersection of criminal justice and education is by becoming a teacher of a criminal justice course or degree. Courses on criminal justice are taught as early as the secondary school level (high school) up until graduate studies. And to prepare you to teach these courses, there are numerous programs at the master's and doctorate level in the field of criminal justice, criminology, and other related fields. You just have to determine what educational level you want to teach at so you can obtain the necessary degrees or credentials for it.

Researcher. Another career that is closely related to being a teacher, but is not as popular, is becoming a researcher. Researchers contribute to the published literature on a specific field by exploring studies, creating reports, conducting interviews, etc. In the field of criminal behavior, specifically, researchers may want to focus on juvenile delinquency, criminal behavior and how this is affected by society, or drug addiction. A master's degree is usually required to become a criminal justice/studies researcher.

For more information about becoming a criminal justice researcher, check out this article: Criminal Justice Researcher: Career Info and Education Requirements|

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