Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Experiential Learning Program

The Criminal Justice Experiential Learning program provides a path for active duty law enforcement and correctional officers in Florida to earn an accelerated Associate in Science (A.S.) degree through articulated credits for work-based learning and industry certifications. It provides a broad background in the history, philosophy, organization, management and operation of the criminal justice system. Graduates of this program may also transfer credits to the Bachelor of Applied Science in Business and Organizational Leadership (BASBOL) program.

Get credits for on-the-job work and completion of the state law enforcement academy—up to 33 credit hours.

How You Earn Credit

Through Your Experience
Field Experience Courses 18
Academy Credits 6-15
Through Valencia College
Criminal Justice Courses 24-33
Total Credit Hours 60

Successful completion of 3, 6-credit hour field experience courses give you an opportunity to earn 18 credit hours for work-based learning. In addition, students on the Corrections Track may be awarded 6-12 credit hours through the state law enforcement academy and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) licensing exam. For those on the Law Enforcement Track, 15 credit hours will be awarded for state law enforcement academy work and the FDLE licensing exam. The remaining 23-33 credits will be earned through the completion of the general education and criminal justice courses offered in the program.

At the end of the program, you’ll receive:

Admission Requirements

While the A.S. in Criminal Justice degree program is not limited access, the 3, 6-credit hour field experience courses—as part of the Criminal Justice Experiential Learning Program—have a limited-access component. These courses require you to possess a valid and current Florida state certification in corrections or law enforcement, and be currently employed full time with a local or state corrections agency.

Suggested Course Schedule – Corrections Officer Track

Course Title Credits
Semester 1    

CCJ 2942

CRIMINAL JUSTICE FIELD EXPERIENCE I +

6

SLS 1122

New Student Experience

3

ENC 1101

FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I +*~

3

Semester 2    

CCJ 2943

CRIMINAL JUSTICE FIELD EXPERIENCE II +

6

Articulated Award of Credit

Licensure 1

6-12

Science or Math

See Gen. Ed. Requirements *~+

3

Semester 3    

CCJ 2944

CRIMINAL JUSTICE FIELD EXPERIENCE III +

6

Criminal Justice Elective

3

Humanities

See Gen. Ed. Core or Institutional Requirement

3

Semester 4    

PSY 2012

General Psychology ~

3

or SYG 2000

Introductory Sociology

CJJ 2001

Juvenile Justice Systems

3

CJE 2600

Criminal Investigation

3

Semester 5    

CCJ 2358

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REPORT WRITING: CAPSTONE *

3

CJC 2162

COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS

3

Criminal Justice Elective ^

3

Semester 6

Criminal Justice Elective ^

3

  Total Credit Hours 60

 

Suggested Course Schedule – Law Enforcement Track

Course Title Credits
Semester 1    

CCJ 2942

CRIMINAL JUSTICE FIELD EXPERIENCE I +

6

SLS 1122

New Student Experience

3

Semester 2    

CCJ 2943

CRIMINAL JUSTICE FIELD EXPERIENCE II +

6

ENC 1101

FRESHMAN COMPOSITION I +*~

3

Articulated Award of Credit

Law Enforcement Licensure 1

15

Semester 3    

CCJ 2944

CRIMINAL JUSTICE FIELD EXPERIENCE III +

6

Science or Mathematics

See Gen. Ed. Requirements +*~

3

Semester 4    

CJJ 2001

Juvenile Justice Systems

3

CJC 2000

Introduction to Corrections

3

Criminal Justice Elective

3

Semester 5    

Humanities

See Gen. Ed. Core or Institutional Requirement

3

PSY 2012

General Psychology (or SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology) ~

3

or SYG 2000

Introductory Sociology

CCJ 2358

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REPORT WRITING: CAPSTONE *

3

  Total Credit Hours 60