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Leaders of correctional facilities and programs should be prepared to meet the challenges of changing policies and effectively deal with the management of budgets, grants, cooperative agreements and other inter-governmental projects.

Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Corrections Leadership is designed to provide a theoretical and practical knowledge base for correctional practitioners in the areas of criminal justice, public administration and social work.

This program may be completed on-line, but not all classes are offered every semester, and not all classes are offered in a sequence that may be convenient for every student.  State employees using a tuition waiver are warned that classes in this program may fill up before state employees are allowed to register.


The Corrections Leadership certificate program consists of two required courses and two elective courses for a total of 12 credit hours.

Total Credit Hours Required:

Required Courses — 6 Credit Hours

  • CJC 5020 Foundations of Corrections (3 credit hours)
  • CCJ 5456 The Administration of Justice (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses — 6 Credit Hours

Choose two of the following courses.

  • CCJ 6051 Community Justice (3 credit hours)
  • CCJ 6106 Policy Analysis in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
  • CCJ 6335 Criminal Justice Sentencing and Punishment Policy (3 credit hours)
  • CCJ 6431 Leadership and Ethics in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
  • CCJ 6730 Planned Change and Innovation in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
  • CCJ 6118 Criminal Justice Organizations (3 credit hours)
  • CCJ 5015 The Nature of Crime (3 credit hours)
  • CJL 6568 Law and Social Control (3 credit hours)
  • PAD 6417 Human Resource Management (3 credit hours)
    This course has a prerequisite of PAD 6700. Contact the School of Public Administration for an override.
  • SOW 6712 Interventions with Substance Abusers (3 credit hours)

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Application Deadlines

Corrections Leadership Certificate

For additional information contact:

Dr. Eugene Paoline


Elexis Ritz
Graduate Advisor
Telephone: 407-823-2603

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