Students in Wisconsin who are interested in studying corrections have a handful of training and academic options, mostly at 2-year technical colleges offering associate's degree programs. Some also offer Jail Officer Certification programs that meet Wisconsin Department of Justice standards.
The following schools provide education in corrections, and some of their programs include opportunities to acquire professional experience through internships.
Mid-State Technical College
Located in Wisconsin Rapids, this college offers an Associate in Applied Science in Corrections and Community Advocacy. The program includes coursework in basic mediation, child advocacy, psychology, court procedures, and writing. Students have the opportunity to practice their skills in a simulated detention facility. This degree program also includes a jail officer certification curriculum track that fulfills training requirements for that specific certification as mandated by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board.
Moraine Park Technical College
Students living near Fond du Lac will find an associate degree program in criminal justice with an emphasis in corrections at Moraine Park Technical College. The program seeks to prepare graduates to work in a range of settings, from group homes to maximum-security prisons. The corrections curriculum includes coursework in ethnicity and corrections, probation and parole, stress management, report writing, abnormal psychology and juvenile supervision. This program also includes an internship opportunity.
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
This Green Bay college offers an associate's degree in criminal justice professional studies. Students will take courses in ethics, investigation practices, communication skills, risk & vulnerability analysis, and safety & security management. Students who complete the Basic and Advanced Jail Academy courses as part of their degree program will be certifiable as a jail officer in the state of Wisconsin.
The school also offers the 6-credit Jail Officer Academy Pathway Certificate as a stand-alone 4-week program which meets the requirements for county jail/correctional officer certification set by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College is headquartered in Shell Lake, with campuses in Ashland, New Richmond, Rice Lake and Superior. This two-year school offers an associate degree in criminal justice studies that includes corrections coursework. The program is offered at all four campuses. In addition to courses on the court system, criminal law, and due process, students can take classes on correctional institutions, probation and parole, abnormal psychology and the juvenile justice system. After completing the associate degree program, graduates may apply for the 160 Jail Officer Academy. The 4-week program meets the qualifications for jail officer certification with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Law Enforcement Standards Board.
To work as a corrections officer in Wisconsin, individuals must be certified by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board. The Board provides certification in three main areas, and individuals can seek certification for positions as law enforcement officers, jail officers or juvenile detention officers. Prospective corrections officers must have a minimum of an associate's degree or 60 credit hours of coursework in any subject.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Corrections Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)*|
|Mid-State Technical College||Two-year, public; rural fringe||Associate of Applied Science in Corrections and Community Advocacy|| $4,432 in-state;
|Moraine Park Technical College||Two-year, public; small city||Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice-Corrections|| $4,403 in-state;
|Northeast Wisconsin Technical College||Two-year, public; midsize city|| Associate in Criminal Justice Professional Studies,
Jail Officer Academy Pathway Certificate
| $4,479 in-state;
|Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College||Two-year, public; distant rural||Associate in Criminal Justice Studies|| $4,729 in-state;
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics' College Navigator