Orlando Criminal Justice Technology Schools
Students in the Orlando area can pursue an education in criminal justice and related specialties at the undergraduate and graduate levels at three schools. All are within 20 miles of downtown. This article looks at programs at those schools and also includes a table that offers information on topics such as tuition and enrollment.
- Undergraduate certificates, associate's and bachelor's degrees are available at Valencia College, about seven miles from the heart of the city.
- The University of Central Florida is approximately 11 miles from downtown Orlando. It offers undergraduate and graduate certificate programs as well as bachelor's and master's degree programs in criminal justice and related fields.
- Students can also find criminal justice training at Seminole State College of Florida, located about 17 miles away in Sanford. Seminole State offers undergraduate certificates and an associate's degree.
Comparison of Schools
Students must consider a number of factors when choosing a college. This table offers a quick profile of these three schools, making it easy to see how they compare in certain respects.
|Valencia College||University of Central Florida||Seminole State College of Florida|
|School Type||4-year; public||4-year; public||4-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||44,834*||66,059*||17,550*|
|Campus Setting||Midsize city||Large suburb||Small city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)|| $2,474 in-state;
| $6,368 in-state;
| $3,131 in-state;
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||75%*||87%*||79%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions||50%*||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||N/A- Not reported|| 90% full-time;
|N/A- Not reported|
|Graduation Rate (for students who began Fall 2011)||41% (15% transfer-out rate)*||70% (7% transfer-out rate)*||37% (12% transfer-out rate)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Students at Valencia College can earn certificates, associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees in order to pursue a career or transfer to a 4-year institution. In addition to taking programs in criminal justice technology, students can earn several certificates through the Criminal Justice Institute Academy.
Certificate in Hospitality Security Specialist
To obtain this certificate, students must take three 3-credit courses: introduction to security, hospitality law and security issues in the hospitality industry. Courses focus on guest rights, use of force, crime prevention and lodging/restaurant security systems.
Certificate in Homeland Security Law Enforcement Specialist
This certificate prepares students to work in the public or private sector. Students learn the components of homeland security, detection technology and security management principles and practices. Introductory topics in criminal justice and criminal law are also taught. A total of 15 credits must be completed to earn this technical certificate.
Certificate in Homeland Security Specialist
This 9-credit certificate in homeland security features coursework in intelligence analysis, security management and border security. Students learn to identify and handle security threats, as well as to consider ethical security actions and attitudes. Credits can be applied to the associate's degree in criminal justice technology.
Certificate in Criminal Justice Technology Specialist
This 24-credit program prepares students to work in a support role in the security and criminal justice fields. Participants receive an overview of the criminal justice system and learn applications for criminal, constitutional and juvenile law. Specific topics include ethics, criminal evidence and the development of relevant computer and business skills. Credits earned can count towards the criminal justice technology degree.
Associate of Science in Criminal Justice
Core courses in this 60-credit program include criminal investigations, criminal evidence, criminology, criminal law, juvenile justice, and policing. This program offers a specialization in homeland security, which contains courses in border security, intelligence analysis and multicultural law enforcement. Other specialization areas include law enforcement, corrections and peace and justice. Program graduates have the option of pursuing a career or continuing their education.
Correctional Officer Career Certificate
In this 14 vocational-credit program, students learn about officer safety, correctional facility supervision, incident response practices, defense tactics and firearms. Those how earn this certificate are prepared to take Florida state certification exams.
Law Enforcement Officer Career Certificate
From crime scene analysis to patrol fundamentals, this program addresses the duties and responsibilities of a law enforcement officer. Courses are given in crash investigations, incident report writing, traffic stops, vehicle operations and DUIs. A total of 770 contact hours are needed to earn this certificate.
Crossover: Corrections to Law Enforcement Career Certificate
Designed for those who are currently working in corrections or who have completed the Correctional Officer certificate program, this cross-training provides many of the same courses found in the Law Enforcement program. A total of 518 contact hours must be completed.
Auxiliary Law Enforcement Officer Career Certificate
Those who have completed the Law Enforcement Volunteer can go on to enroll in this program. A total of 364 contact hours must be taken in such areas as traffic stops, crime scene procedures, arrest procedures, firearms and first aid.
University of Central Florida
The University of Central Florida offers more than 216 degree programs through 13 different colleges. The school offers several criminal justice programs, including undergraduate and graduate certificates, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.
Certificate in Crime Analysis and Crime Mapping
The 15-credit crime analysis and crime mapping certificate program teaches students how to use technology and statistical data to find crime patterns, forecast criminal events and identify suspects. Courses cover topics in information technology, data management, justice system technology, crime and place, crime prevention and justice agency operations.
Certificate in Criminal Profiling
The criminal profiling certificate provides students with a basic understanding of the characteristics of serial killers, sex offenders and terrorists; this allows students to analyze correlations between personality types and crimes. The 15-credit program also trains students about criminal investigation, interviewing, interrogation and terrorism.
Certificate in Crime Scene Investigation
Students in this 15-credit certificate program acquire basic skills for performing crime scene investigations and profiling criminals. They also receive training on conducting interviews and interrogations, as well as how to use criminal justice theories in the field.
Certificate in Security Management
Students of this 15-credit program will take courses in security administration, risk management, terrorism and crime prevention. Both practical security applications and special security problems are studied.
Certificate in Victim Advocacy
In this 15-credit program, students will learn about crime victims and the justice systems. Courses provide studies in domestic violence, women and crime, crisis intervention and social work theory.
Certificate in Criminal Justice Management and Leadership
Future criminal justice leaders will develop the needed skills in this 18-credit program. Topics addressed in the curriculum include fiscal management, policy development, public administration and the role of the criminal justice manager.
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Both programs require that students complete coursework on the criminal justice system, data analysis, research methods, police, corrections, crime and prosecution. Electives are chosen based on interest and include criminal law, economic history, Constitutional law, the legislative process and prosecution. Students can also pursue an internship or independent study project.
Graduate Certificate in Corrections Leadership
This 12-credit graduate certificate is for people interested in pursuing a career in corrections administration. Courses cover sentencing and punishment, criminal justice organizations and the nature of crime.
Graduate Certificate in Crime Analysis
Students in the crime analysis graduate certificate program must complete 12 credits. The curriculum focuses on topics related to data management, crime mapping, leadership and investigative analysis.
Graduate Certificate in Juvenile Justice Leadership
The 12-credit juvenile justice leadership certificate focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of social work, public administration and criminal justice. Students take courses on the juvenile justice system, criminal justice organizations, data management and child abuse.
Graduate Certificate in Police Leadership
The police leadership graduate certificate provides students with an understanding of criminal justice policy analysis and law enforcement. Electives in the 12-credit program examine local government organizations, public administration and the nature of crime.
Master of Science in Criminal Justice
The 36-credit criminal justice master's degree program has 2 tracks - thesis and non-thesis. Required courses include data analysis, policy analysis, the nature of crime and justice administration. Students in both tracks have an opportunity to take elective courses in corrections, law enforcement, juvenile justice, social control and the courts.
Seminole State College of Florida
Students at Seminole State College of Florida can pursue programs in engineering, art, communications, business, automotive technology, health, education and public safety. The public safety department offers several certificates and an associate's degree that prepares students to work in the criminal justice field, including in the areas of security, public safety and law.
Certificate in Correctional Officer
Students in the corrections certificate program are required to complete 420 hours of coursework. The program consists of criminal justice and corrections courses and covers topics in firearms, officer safety, facility and equipment, intake and release, correctional facilities, special populations and responding to emergencies. Graduates are ready to take the state certification exam.
Certificate in Corrections to Law Enforcement
This certificate features several cross-over courses that prepare corrections officers for the state certification exam to work in law enforcement. Students are required to complete 518 hours of education and training. Courses include vehicle operations, traffic stops, investigations, patrol and handguns.
Certificate in Law Enforcement to Corrections
The law enforcement to corrections certificate is 198 hours and qualifies law enforcement officers for the state test to work as corrections officers. Courses provide students with education and training in interpersonal skills, correctional operations and emergency preparedness.
Certificate in Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Leadership
This 24-credit program provides advanced training for certified Florida law enforcement officers. It requires completion of courses in organizational management, supervision, law, ethics and procedures, all as they pertain to the criminal justice profession. Credits may be applied to the AS degree.
Certificate in Criminal Justice Technology Specialist
This program is also 24 credits. Students receive education and training in criminology, law enforcement, corrections, criminal procedures, investigations, substance abuse and criminal law. Credits are applicable to the AS degree.
Associate of Science in Criminal Justice Technology
This 60-credit program is for both entry-level students and criminal justice professionals who seek to advance their careers. Required courses cover criminology, corrections, law enforcement, criminal procedures and the impact of substance abuse on crime. Electives offer students a chance to explore interest areas like types of crime, types of criminals, deviant behavior, community policing and criminal evidence. Physical conditioning and first aid/CPR are also options. This program can be completed online.
Students can also earn specialized certificates within the program while fulfilling elective requirements. These certificates are in homeland security, law enforcement leadership and gang investigations. Internships are available, and a required capstone course concludes the program.