Corrections Schools in NC with Degree Program Details

Research corrections programs in North Carolina, which currently has more than 94 schools offering programs. Read an overview of programs, tuition info and program options for the 10 largest schools, and decide which program is right for you.

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Essential Information

Although a postsecondary education isn't always required to work in corrections, courses with corrections instruction are commonly offered through criminal justice programs at 2-year community colleges and 4-year universities in North Carolina. Some programs allow students to choose related areas of concentration, and they might be offered online or on campus. Students can choose from 12-15 credit certificate, 65-73 credit associate's and 125-credit bachelor's degree programs in topics such as:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Technology
  • Principles of Corrections
  • Criminal Justice Technology with a Corrections Track

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College offers an associate's degree in criminal justice technology at its campus in Asheville. Courses required for the major in this 65-credit program include criminal law, investigations, criminal justice issues and juvenile justice. Students must also complete electives to satisfy the degree requirements, and the slate of electives includes corrections. Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College also offers criminal justice certificate programs on topics like criminal justice administration, criminal investigations, courts and special populations.

Cape Fear Community College

Cape Fear Community College offers an associate's degree in criminal justice technology with a corrections option at its campus in Wilmington. The major courses cover topics like criminal and constitutional law, substance abuse, terrorism and court procedure. Students who choose the corrections option can explore subjects like probation and parole, correctional law, rehabilitation and confinement facility management. Students must complete at least 73 credits of coursework for this degree.

Central Piedmont Community College

Charlotte's Central Piedmont Community College offers a 70-credit criminal justice associate's degree and a 12-credit corrections certificate program. Coursework in the degree program covers investigative principles, criminal law, juvenile justice, criminology, judicial procedures and crisis intervention. Constitutional law, counseling and security systems are also explored in this program. The corrections certificate curriculum delves into community-based corrections, substance abuse and correctional law.

Fayetteville Technical Community College

This technical community college in Fayetteville offers an associate's degree program in criminal justice that prepares students for different jobs in the law enforcement field, such as state trooper, parole officer, correctional officer and police officer. The school also offers seven criminal justice technology certificate programs, including one that focuses on corrections. The corrections certificate program requires students to earn 14 credits in courses on interviews and interrogations, corrections, substance abuse, community-based corrections and correctional law.

Forsyth Technical Community College

Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston Salem offers two criminal justice associate's degree programs and a criminal justice certificate. Students who complete the Associate in Arts program can transfer all 64 credits to a university that has a community college articulation agreement. The Associate in Applied Science program, on the other hand, is geared toward students who want to obtain a job in the law enforcement field after they receive that degree. Courses in that program are offered during the day, evening and online. The 18-credit certificate program provides courses in criminal and constitutional law, corrections, criminal justice and law enforcement procedures, and these courses are also offered on campus during the day and evening as well as online.

Guilford Technical Community College

Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown offers a corrections track in its criminal justice associate's degree program. The curriculum provides courses in interviews and interrogations, corrections, investigations, correctional law and civil liability. Day and evening classes are offered on site, and classes are available online as well. This program requires a minimum of 67 credits for graduation.

North Carolina Central University

Located in Durham, North Carolina Central University offers a bachelor's degree program in criminal justice that gives students the choice of four concentrations, including corrections. Students must earn 125 credits with a grade point average of at least 2.0 to receive this degree, and 12 credits must be for courses in their chosen concentration. The corrections concentration consists of courses in community corrections, jail policies and practices, correctional counseling and correctional theory, policies and practices.

Pitt Community College

Pitt Community College provides an Associate in Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice at its campus in Winterville. The major courses in this 66-credit program cover interviews and interrogations, investigative photography, corrections and law enforcement operations in addition to subjects like criminology, juvenile justice and criminal law. Students can choose electives from a variety of courses, including correctional law, community-based corrections, victimology and counseling. Cooperative work experience is also available.

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, located in Salisbury, offers two associate's degrees, a diploma and a certificate in criminal justice. The Associate in Arts degree and pre-major diploma programs are designed for students who plan to transfer their credits and continue their education in the criminal justice field before seeking employment. The Associate in Applied Science program was developed for students who plan to work in the law enforcement field after obtaining the degree. The certificate program requires students to complete 15 credits in five courses. The certificate curriculum covers corrections, criminal justice, sociology, psychology and law enforcement.

Wake Technical Community College

Wake Technical Community College provides an associate's degree in criminal justice technology and a corrections certificate at its campus in Raleigh. The degree curriculum provides courses in constitutional law, corrections, ethics, criminal law, community policing and other subjects beneficial for a career in the law enforcement field. Courses taught in the corrections certificate program include criminal justice, correctional law, juvenile justice and community-based corrections. Students must earn at least 65 credits to receive the degree and 15 credits for the certificate.

Career Requirements

The curriculum in a criminal justice program can prepare students for employment as correctional officers, probation officers, police officers and other positions in the law enforcement field. Correctional officers must be certified to work in North Carolina.

Certification requirements include United States include citizenship, a minimum age of 20, a high school education or equivalent and the ability to pass physical and psychological exams in addition to a criminal background check. A table of the 10 largest schools with criminal justice programs that offer corrections courses is provided below, showing tuition costs and other school information.

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type and Setting Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2015-2016)
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College 2-year, public; small city Criminal Justice Certificates,
Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice Technology
$2,419 in-state; $8,563 out-of-state*
Cape Fear Community College 2-year, public; midsize city Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice Technology $2,654 in-state; $8,798 out-of-state*
Central Piedmont Community College 2-year, public; large city Criminal Justice Technology Corrections Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Technology
$2,664 in-state; $8,808 out-of-state*
Fayetteville Technical Community College 2-year, public; midsize city Criminal Justice Technology Principles of Corrections Certificate,
Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice Technology
$2,394 in-state; $8,538 out-of-state*
Forsyth Technical Community College 2-year, public; midsize city Certificate in Criminal Justice,
Associate in Arts Pre-major - Criminal Justice,
Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice Technology
$2,025 in-state; $6,631 out-of-state*
Guilford Technical Community College 2-year, public; midsize suburb Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Technology with Corrections Track $2,064 in-district; $2,208 in-state; $7,056 out-of-state*
North Carolina Central University 4-year, public; midsize city Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with Corrections Concentration $5,755 in-state; $17,793 out-of-state*
Pitt Community College 2-year, public; midsize suburb Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice $2,317 in-state; $8,376 out-of-state*
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College 2-year, public; midsize suburb Criminal Justice Tech Certificate,
Associate in Arts Pre-major Diploma - Criminal Justice,
Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice Technology
$2,506 in-state; $8,650 out-of-state*
Wake Technical Community College 2-year, public; large suburb Principles of Corrections Certificate,
Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Technology
$2,768 in-state; $8,912 out-of-state*

Source: *NCES College Navigator.

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