Corrections and Detention


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The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Corrections and Detention program is designed to prepare students who are interested in a career in the field of corrections, detention, or juvenile corrections, or to upgrade the skills of those officers currently working in these fields. Students will be presented with opportunities to develop skills to meet the challenges of working with different types of inmates or juveniles and the problems encountered with these individuals. Specializations in this program focus on ethics, management skills, conflict and crisis management techniques, security procedures, adolescent development, and development theories. Supervision, political science, communication, psychology, and sociology also included. The Certificates of Completion (CCL) in Basic Corrections, Basic Detention, and Advanced Corrections and Detention are available.


Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Degree Type
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Plan
Corrections and Detention (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2023
Admissions criteria

This program is offered through an educational partnership. Employment by the partnership organization is required for admission.


Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Synthesize multiple sources of information to make timely assessments.
  2. Utilize technology to collect, analyze and communicate data.
  3. Practice professional standards appropriate to the corrections function and the overall field of criminal justice.
  4. Demonstrate ethical behavior to include integrity, respect, dignity, fairness, humaneness, and principles of restoration and rehabilitation.
  5. Solve problems through logical and sound reasoning.
  6. Engage in appropriate interactions with culturally and socially diverse populations.
  7. Collaborate with diverse agencies, community representatives and individuals to achieve common goals.
  8. Communicate orally, visually and in writing precisely, appropriately, and effectively to varied audiences.
  9. Apply the principles and processes of criminal and constitutional law, criminology theory, knowledge of the functions and components of the criminal justice system, and current issues to criminal justice operations as it applies to the corrections function.
  10. Apply aspects of mental and physical conditioning for personal safety, wellness, and proficiency.

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based wages* for this degree. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary


First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers


* Career and wage information provided by Pipeline AZ using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources. Sources

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the locations, partners, and available tracks of the award.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated in the course sequence below. The differences between individual pathway map options may only be a few courses.

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Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Corrections CCL or
Detention CCL or
Juvenile Corrections CCL
Certificate of Completion in Basic Corrections (5698N) or Certificate of Completion in Basic Detention (5699N) or Certificate of Completion in Juvenile Corrections (5829N) These programs are offered through an educational partnership. Employment by the partnership organization is required for admission. 18–21

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM110 or
Interpersonal Communication or Elements of Intercultural Communication SB or C, G, SB 3
POS220 or
(POS221 and
U.S. and Arizona Constitution or (Arizona Constitution and U.S. Constitution) 3
PSY101 or
Introduction to Psychology or Psychology and Culture SB or C, G, SB 3
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology SB 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC or FYC 3
MAT12+ Intermediate Algebra Critical course Or any higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA} area. MAT14+ recommended for transfer. 3–6
HU Humanities, Fine Arts & Design Recommend AJS123. HU 3
COM230 Small Group Communication SB 3
FYE101 or
Introduction to College, Career and Personal Success or Exploration of College, Career and Personal Success 1–3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC or FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
SQ or
Natural Sciences Quantitative or Natural Sciences General SQ or SG 4
General General Elective Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete the minimum total program credits required for this degree. Consult with the Program Director or an Academic Advisor. 0–6
Course Area Key

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.


Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.