New Jersey offers various corrections officer educational programs from many institutions. Training for correctional officers is typically offered through criminal justice undergraduate certificate or associate's degree programs. Students in these programs may or may not have experience in the criminal justice field, but some admissions requirements ask for proof of related work experience. Completed credits can often be applied to the next applicable degree level. Profiled below are the eight schools in New Jersey offering correctional officer training, as well as a comparison table.
Camden County College
Students can pursue an Associate in Science in Criminal Justice from Camden County College in Blackwood. The 64-credit program includes required courses in crime analysis, legal systems, juvenile delinquency and criminal law. Upon successful completion of the program, students are prepared to compare and contrast various aspects of the criminal justice system, analyze criminal justice problems and uphold Constitutional laws. Graduates of the program can work as correctional officers, law enforcement officers or probation aides or transfer to a 4-year program in criminal justice.
Cumberland County College
Located in Vineland, Cumberland County College offers an Associate in Science in Justice Studies/Corrections. Students delve into courses in criminology and penology, criminal law, justice administration and correctional counseling. In addition to core coursework, students complete a criminal justice fieldwork experience, as well as general education requirements.
Essex County College
This Newark-based school offers an Associate in Science in Criminal Justice program that can be completed in two years, full-time. Prospective corrections officers complete courses in criminology, police management, criminal investigation, corrections and criminal law. Students also can transfer the degree to a 4-year college or university if they wish to obtain a bachelor's degree.
Middlesex County College
Middlesex County College is located in Edison. This school offers a variety of programs for corrections officers, including a Certificate in Correction Administration, an Associate in Science in Correction Administration and an Associate in Science in Police Science. The correction administration programs cover topics such as criminal justice, criminology and correctional institutions. The correction administration degree program includes a corrections externship. Topics of study in the police science degree program include police administration, constitutional law and police operations.
New Jersey City University
Jersey City is home to New Jersey City University. The Criminal Justice Department offers a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice. Students also can join the department's Criminal/Social Justice Club. Undergraduate students also can pursue a cooperative education program to gain hands-on experience in the field. Graduate students are required to complete a culminating project or thesis. Coursework examines law enforcement, corrections, courts, probation and law.
Raritan Valley Community College
Branchburg's Raritan Valley Community College offers an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice. Students in the program take courses such as criminology, criminal law, ethics and criminal justice. Graduates of the program often transfer to a four-year degree program or are employed in parole, probation, corrections.
Salem Community College
Located in Carneys Point, this school offers an Associate in Science in Justice Studies: Corrections program through a joint effort with Cumberland County College. Students complete general education courses at Salem and justice and corrections courses at Cumberland. Curriculum topics include criminal law, criminal justice fieldwork, public administration and justice administration.
Sussex County Community College
Sussex County Community College is found in Newton. Students can pursue the Associate of Science in Criminal Justice or the Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Studies. The criminal justice program is designed for college students with no experience in the field, while the criminal justice studies program is intended for students with a minimum of five years' work experience in the field. Some course topics for both programs include juvenile justice, criminal investigation and community corrections. Additionally, within the criminal justice studies program, students complete a practicum experience in criminal justice agency operations.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Corrections Officer Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2018)|
|Camden County College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Science in Criminal Justice||$4,320 (in-district); $4,440 (in-state or out-of-state)*|
|Cumberland County College||Two-year, public; rural fringe||Associate in Science in Justice Studies: Corrections||$4,500 (in-district); $4,800 (in-state); $8,700 (out-of-state)*|
|Essex County College||Two-year, public; large city||Associate in Science in Criminal Justice||$4,995 (in-district); $8,790 (in-state or out-of-state)*|
|Middlesex County College||Two-year, public; large suburb|| Certificate in Correction Administration,
Associate in Science in Correction Administration,
Associate in Science in Police Science
|$3,516 (in-district); $7,032 (in-state or out-of-state)*|
|New Jersey City University||Four-year, public; midsize city|| Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice,
Master of Science in Criminal Justice
|$12,052 (in-state); $21,574 (out-of-state)*|
|Raritan Valley Community College||Two-year, public; rural fringe||Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice||$4,612 (in-district); $5,692 (in-state or out-of-state)*|
|Salem Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb||Associate in Science in Justice Studies: Corrections||$5,070 (in-district); $5,850 (in-state); $6,600 (out-of-state)*|
|Sussex County Community College||Two-year, public; fringe town|| Associate of Science in Criminal Justice,
Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice Studies
|$6,750 (in-district); $8,850 (in-state); $10,950 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.