In the one-year juvenile corrections certificate program, students learn how to help juveniles develop anger management skills. Students also learn how to work with probation officers in developing probation and release schedules, and they develop crisis management skills as part of the curriculum as well. These programs may prepare students for entry-level work as correctional officers. A high school diploma or GED is required, as is a criminal background check.
Juvenile Corrections Certificate
The juvenile corrections curriculum at the certificate level introduces students to the theories, principles and history of corrections. Students will gain an understanding of the role and function of a juvenile corrections worker through courses such as the following:
- Introduction to the criminal justice system
- Youth and addiction
- Corrections casework
- Abnormal psychology
- Juvenile delinquency
- Judicial process
Graduates of a juvenile corrections certificate program will typically need advanced training for career advancement opportunities; however, the certificate can be used for entry-level corrections careers. Correctional treatment specialist careers are expected to increase by 4% between 2014 and 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, www.bls.gov). Due to limited state and local government funding, employment growth will likely stall in the coming years, but use for this position will remain. The BLS also noted that, as recently as 2015, the median annual salary for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists averaged $49,360.
Professional Certification and Continuing Education
Juvenile corrections certification testing is available through most states and is required for many juvenile corrections positions. Students will complete a variety of written and oral examinations, as well as a criminal background check. Most juvenile corrections certificates are offered in conjunction with criminal justice associate's degree programs, such as the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Criminal Justice program. Students may consider the A.A.S. in Criminal Justice for career advancement opportunities or in preparation for a bachelor's degree program.
Individuals interested in earning a juvenile corrections certificate can take a one-year program that will prepare them for a career in the field.