Criminal Justice

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Criminal Justice Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program at Valencia College prepares you to go directly into a specialized career in the criminal justice field.

To a great extent, the safety, order and freedom of our democratic society depends on our criminal justice professionals. The complexity of today’s diverse communities demands more than ever that criminal justice professionals are broadly educated and highly trained. The Criminal Justice program at Valencia College is designed to provide the best possible education for students preparing for challenging careers in law enforcement, corrections, private/industry security and other criminal justice fields. Job opportunities may include Corrections Officer, Crime Analyst, Criminal Justice Administrator, Detective, Investigator, Emergency Communication Specialist, Law Enforcement Officer, Loss Prevention Specialist, Police Officer, Security Officer and more. It offers a broad background in the history and philosophy of criminal justice; the management and operation of modern criminal justice agencies; the social, psychological, and cultural aspects of society; and the laws impacting criminal justice functions.


  • Homeland Security


Regardless of any degree work completed, in order to be a sworn law enforcement or corrections officer in the state of Florida, you must successfully complete a state-certified training academy program such as the Law Enforcement or Correctional Officer programs offered by Valencia School of Public Safety, and pass the state certification exam.

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Program Details

Program Overview and Degree Requirements

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60 credits

You want to step up. We have a path to a bachelor’s.

More career options. Increased opportunities to advance in your field. A bachelor’s degree at 2/3 the cost of a Florida public university. The Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Business and Organizational Leadership at Valencia College lets you build on your associate degree and prepare for a supervisory or management role in your field or the industry of your choice. Enroll with an associate degree or at least 60 credit hours. Contact a career program advisor to learn more.

Career Outlook

Learn How To

  • Investigate complaints and respond to traffic emergencies.
  • Detect crimes, arrest violators and issue citations.
  • Oversee individuals in jails and prisons.
  • Use computers to search for information on suspected criminals.

Job Outlook

Career opportunities continue to be excellent for those wishing to enter the criminal justice profession. with a wide variety of opportunities available in police departments, sheriff’s offices, prisons, courts, probation and parole agencies, and private industries. A more security-conscious society as well as population growth will contribute to the increasing demand for police services.

Potential Careers

  • Corrections Officer
  • Crime Analyst
  • Criminal Justice Administrator
  • Detective or Investigator
  • Emergency Communication Specialist
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Loss Prevention Specialist
  • Police Officer
  • Security Officer
$32,000 - $40,000

Placement Rate

The average placement rate for Valencia College A.S. degree and certificate programs ranges between 90 – 95% according to the latest FETPIP data.

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