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Correctional Officer’s Diploma Program 


The Correctional Officer’s Management Diploma Program is designed to address the needs of correctional officers seeking advanced training beyond their basic training. Taken from a more managerial perspective, this program would be beneficial to those seeking to upgrade their skills, for promotional or other institutional advancement, or to seek management positions. The program covers topics such as, a review of the criminal justice system, constitutional rights of prisoners, sociology, psychology, offender classification and programs, behavioral recognition, identifying gangs, practical reasoning, sexual harassment, hostage survival techniques and environmental security procedures, report writing, positive climate, conflict resolution, offender disciplinary procedures, and effective communication.

This program would also be beneficial to those seeking entry level positions in Corrections, however it is not a prerequisite to gaining employment. The primary duty of Correctional Officers is to maintain custody and supervise the conduct of inmates in prisons, penitentiaries, conservation camps and community correctional work centers. Officers supervise inmates during work, meals, bathing, recreation and in all other activities, and escort them during transfers inside and outside of the institution.

Correctional Officers work in various sized penal institutions, ranging from tightly controlled, maximum-security prisons to light-security complexes resembling college campuses. Some work in small, minimum-security conservation camps located in forest and brush lands throughout the state. A few are assigned to "halfway houses" or to community correctional centers, which are located in several major cities.

Those seeking employment in corrections should check on the hiring requirements for your state. Generally, you must be 21 years old, have a high school diploma, and be free of criminal convictions.

Please click on the course number below to see the course description and textbook being used in this course.

Course Number     Course Title        

CRJS 111 Introduction Corrections 
CRJS 113 Introduction to Psychology 
CRJS 115 Introduction to Sociology 
CRJS 214 Constitutional Rights in Corrections 
CRJS 216 Correctional Counseling
CRJS 222 Issues in the Privatization of the U.S. Correctional Industry
CRJS 224 Case Management for Correctional Personnel
CRJS 226 Issues and Theory of Capital Punishment
CRJS 228 Report Writing for Correction’s Managers 
CRJS 230 Issues in Corrections