Criminal Justice Specialist - CJ21

Offered at the Following Campuses

  • High Schools
  • Valdosta Campus
  • Cook Campus
  • Coffee Campus
  • Ben Hill-Irwin Campus

Program Overview

The Criminal Justice Specialist Technical Certificate of Credit is a sequence of courses that prepares students for Criminal Justice professions. Learning opportunities develop academic, occupational, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of Criminal Justice theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Upon completion of this technical certificate of credit may permit students to pursue entry level opportunities in the criminal justice field. Completion of the Criminal Justice Specialist Technical Certificate of Credit does not ensure certification of officer status in Georgia. Students must seek such certification from the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Council.

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Present acceptable SAT or ACT scores taken within the last 60 months, or acceptable ACCUPLACER, COMPASS or ASSET scores taken within the last 60 months. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores.
  • A satisfactory criminal background check must be completed prior to entering the Criminal Justice practicum. A felony conviction could prevent employment in the Criminal Justice field.

Course Overview

Credit Hours
Occupational Courses (15 hours)

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: None

Introduces the development and organization of the criminal justice system in the United States. Topics include: the American criminal justice system; constitutional limitations; organization of enforcement, adjudication, and corrections; and career opportunities and requirements.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Provides an analysis of all phases of the American correctional system and practices, including its history, procedures, and objectives. Topics include: history and evolution of correctional facilities; legal and administrative problems; institutional facilities and procedures; probation, parole, and prerelease programs; alternative sentencing; rehabilitation; community involvement; and staffing.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

This course examines the principles of the organization, administration, and duties of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Topics include: history and philosophy of law enforcement, evaluation of administrative practices, problems in American law enforcement agencies, emerging concepts, professionalism, and community crime prevention programs.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

This course introduces criminal law in the United States, but emphasizes the current specific status of Georgia criminal law. The course will focus on the most current statutory contents of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) with primary emphasis on the criminal and traffic codes. Topics include: historic development of criminal law in the United States; statutory law, Georgia Code (O.C.G.A.) Title 16 - Crimes and Offenses; statutory law, Georgia Code (O.C.G.A.) Title 40 - Motor Vehicle and Traffic Offenses; and Supreme Court rulings that apply to criminal law.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

This course emphasizes those provisions of the Bill of Rights which pertain to criminal justice. Topics include: characteristics and powers of the three branches of government; principles governing the operation of the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment.


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Related Program Options:

Associate of Science Criminal Justice Degree
Criminal Justice Technology Degree
Criminal Justice Technology Diploma


Program Dean

DeAnnia Clements

Dean of Academic Affairs
Office: VLD Berrien Hall 213B OR BHI Irwin Hall 8102A
Phone: (229) 468-2031
Campus: Ben Hill-Irwin Campus, Coffee Campus, Cook Campus , Valdosta Campus


Juan Garcia
Criminal Justice Instructor
Phone: (229) 333-2100, ext. 2036
Campus: Cook Campus , High Schools

Brandy C. Wilkes
Criminal Justice Instructor
Office: Berrien Hall, Room 332
Phone: (229) 333-2100 ext. 3085
Campus: Valdosta Campus