Maintain security.

Help inmates turn their lives around.

Correctional officers work inside prisons or jails to enforce rules and maintain order. They may also schedule work assignments, counseling, and educational opportunities to aid inmates’ rehabilitation. The job takes physical and mental strength, and requires critical thinking skills and the ability to make good judgments, but corrections officers derive satisfaction from knowing that they are keeping others safe.

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  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from this Certificate of Corrections Officer program?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Certificate of Corrections Officer program?

    The program is designed to take 9 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, 6% finished in 9 months.

     

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Certificate of Corrections Officer program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    • Federal loans: $12,869
    • Private education loans: $0
    • Institutional financing plan: $0

    The school has elected to provide the following additional information: 94% of program graduates used loans to help finance their costs for this program.

Program Availability

Program availability varies by campus. Please contact the Admissions Department on your campus to learn more.

General Requirements

A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

College Success Strategies (COL111A) or College Success Online (COL112) is required for all first-time freshmen and all online students enrolled in a certificate or degree program. This course will inform students of campus services, policies and procedures, and address learning styles and study strategies.

Many of the courses and programs at Baker College are offered in an online delivery format. See Online Programs. Contact your campus Academic / Administrative Office for details about online courses.

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Corrections Officer Certificate from Baker College

Corrections OfficerCertificate

Maintain security.

Help inmates turn their lives around.

Correctional officers work inside prisons or jails to enforce rules and maintain order. They may also schedule work assignments, counseling, and educational opportunities to aid inmates’ rehabilitation. The job takes physical and mental strength, and requires critical thinking skills and the ability to make good judgments, but corrections officers derive satisfaction from knowing that they are keeping others safe.

Discover Your Future Corrections Officer Career

Career Facts

$38,970

Median salary for Corrections Officer

5%

Estimated employment increase by 2022 for Corrections Officers

$57,840

Median salary for First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers

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Overview

The Baker College Correctional Officers certificate program teaches you how to supervise arrested persons awaiting trial and convicted criminals serving time, enforcing policies and rules to ensure order and security. 

Through your education and training, you learn the skills you need for working not only with prisoners but with your co-workers as well. Our class sizes are small and our curriculum includes coursework in classrooms and in actual correctional settings, so that you are fully prepared to sit for the civil service test required by the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Course Information
Requirements49 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CRJ 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the skills, tools, and methods needed for various criminal justice professions. This course explores philosophical underpinnings of crime and punishments among police, corrections, and the courts. Various ethical and duty related issues are also examined. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Introduction to Criminal Justice4
CRJ 106
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the philosophy and history of corrections. This course also includes the development of current forms and approaches to corrections including probation, parole, security concepts, and related agencies. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Introduction to Corrections4
CRJ 121
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a more in-depth study of corrections as part of the criminal justice system. Specific discussions include the evolution of corrections, organization and development of jails in America, alternatives to incarceration, probation, parole, and the concept of community-based corrections, management and organization of correctional institutions, custodial care, safety and security, and prisoner rights. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Correctional Facilities4
CRJ 131
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the meaning and function of culture, the impact and meaning of discrimination, minorities, attitude formation, and professional responsiveness for criminal justice professionals. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Client Relations4
CRJ 141
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines normal versus criminal behavior, human development and criminal patterns, specific problems, and intervention strategies. This course explores psychological, sociological, and biological theories of criminal behavior. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Criminology4
CRJ 151
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a thorough examination of how the law impacts corrections related decisions. This course also examines constitutional law, the court process, US courts, and prisoner rights. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Legal Issues in Corrections4
ELECT 161A
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2 Quarter Hours

See General Information Elective List - Computer Literacy Electives.

Computer Literacy Elective2
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 108
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
PSY 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 49

Program Description

This program prepares students for positions in federal, state, local, and private correctional facilities. This program provides all of the required elements established by the Michigan Correctional Officers' Training Council. Students successfully completing this certificate will be prepared to sit for the civil service test required for employment by the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Accreditation

Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois  60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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FAQ's

  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from this Certificate of Corrections Officer program?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Certificate of Corrections Officer program?

    The program is designed to take 9 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, 6% finished in 9 months.

     

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Certificate of Corrections Officer program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    • Federal loans: $12,869
    • Private education loans: $0
    • Institutional financing plan: $0

    The school has elected to provide the following additional information: 94% of program graduates used loans to help finance their costs for this program.

Cheryl Holland, Baker College Graduate
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I get to do what I love to do. What I was born to do. Because of my experience at Baker College.

Cheryl Holland