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Program at a Glance

Online Certificate
College of Community Innovation and Education
Credit Hours
Most Innovative University 2022

Play a critical role in the future of corrections leadership.

In the world of correctional facilities and programs, strong leadership is required to maintain standards, embrace innovation, and ensure safety. Those who step to the forefront of the field are faced with changing rules and regulations around budgets, grants, cooperative agreements and other inter-governmental projects. With a graduate certificate in corrections leadership, you’ll be prepared to respond to these shifts as they arise.

Your correctional officer training through UCF Online will provide you with the skills you need to become a flexible, effective leader within the fields of criminal justice, public administration or social work. Coursework covers topics such as the administration of justice, policy analysis, leadership and ethics, the nature of crime and more.

This program can be completed entirely online and builds a strong foundation of both theoretical and practical knowledge. This online graduate certificate is available to individuals who carry a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. If you’re seeking correctional officer online training to help you advance in your career, get started today.

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Application Deadlines

December 1
July 1

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Course Overview

Foundations of Corrections

Provides an overview of correctional process in U.S., including philosophical foundations and contemporary practices.

This course provides an overview of the criminal justice system and a critical analysis of formal and informal processing of offenders by criminal justice agencies.

Examines concepts of community justice as they relate to an alternative form of administering criminal justice.

Skills You'll Learn

  • Meet the challenges of changing correctional policies.
  • Effectively deal with the management of budgets, grants, cooperative agreements, and other inter-governmental projects.

Career Projections


Annual Job


Job Growth
2019 - 2029

Source: Lightcast™ . 2023

Career Opportunities

  • Correctional Officer
  • Program Counselor
  • correctional office supervisor
  • detention officer
  • program director
  • program manager
  • senior corrections officer