Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Professional Development in Criminal Justice

 Title Abbreviation:   PROF DEV/CRIM JUSTICE

 Department:    CJ

 Course #:    104

 Credits:    2

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    2

 CIP:    430103

 EPC:    832

 REV:    2021


 Course Description  

Explores a variety of career options and opportunities in the criminal justice system. Reviews entrance requirements and hiring standards used by criminal justice agencies, including police, courts, and corrections. Demonstrates preparation for the application, testing and selection process. Includes instruction on industry standards: staff and line organization, responsibilities, demeanor and professional bearing associated with employment in law enforcement, and ethics, conduct, and provision of quality public service.

 Prerequisite  

Prerequisite: None.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 22

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explore a variety of career options and opportunities in the criminal justice system.
  2. Discuss specific entrance requirements and hiring standards in the criminal justice system which include policing, courts, and corrections.
  3. Demonstrate the “how to” of preparing for the testing and selection process.
  4. Understand the legal considerations in hiring practices.
  5. Become cognizant of cultural and environmental influences on behavior in the workplace.
  6. Discuss the responsibilities of the administration of justice professional concerning professional relationships with other officers, courts and corrections, and the general public.
  7. PROGRAM OUTCOME: Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical aspects of professionalism in the criminal justice profession.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Career options and opportunities.
  2. Entrance requirements and hiring standards for policing, the courts, and corrections.
  3. Preparation for the testing and selection process.
  4. Legal considerations in hiring practices.
  5. Cultural and environmental influences.
  6. Relationships within the profession.