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Program at a Glance

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

Protect and empower communities and the individuals within them.

A position within the juvenile justice system places you within one of the fastest growing criminal justice career fields. Your graduate certificate through UCF Online will give you the foundation you need to lead an empowering career and change lives.

Through juvenile justice classes that cover topics such as data management, the nature of crime, policy analysis and more, you’ll prepare yourself to support a growing field in need of strong management. The skills you learn will help you address juvenile crime, drug and substance abuse and contribute to the effectiveness of rehabilitation programs for delinquent children.

Through UCF Online, you’ll gain both theoretical and practical expertise in the areas of criminal justice, public administration and social work. This graduate certificate in juvenile justice leadership is a great fit for those looking to begin or advance their career in the field. Get started today to take the next step on your journey.

Application Deadlines

December 1
April 1
July 1

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Course Overview

The Juvenile Justice System

This course will focus on the development and philosophy of the Juvenile Justice System; the measurement of delinquency, theories and correlates of delinquency and prevention.

Theory and research on complex organizations are applied in criminal justice settings. Alternative organizational goals, structures, staffing patterns, management styles and planning strategies are examined.

This course is designed to familiarize students with the causes and consequences of public policy with an emphasis on criminal justice policy.

Skills You'll Learn

  • Preparation to lead a fast growing career field.
  • Approach a wholistic approach to juvenile reform and detention.
  • Use theory and practice to help rehabilitate delinquent children.

Career Projections


Annual Job


Job Growth
2019 - 2029

Source: Lightcast™ . 2024

Career Opportunities

  • Community Justice Specialist
  • Director of Program Services
  • Juvenile Justice Program Coordinator
  • Juvenile Justice Trainer
  • Youth Advocate
  • executive director
  • social worker