Attention: This program is offered through an educational partnership. Employment by the partnership organization is required for admission.
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.
Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.
This program replaces: AAS/3698 Detention Services
This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:
- Synthesize multiple sources of information to make timely assessments.
- Utilize technology to collect, analyze and communicate data.
- Practice professional standards appropriate to the corrections function and the overall field of criminal justice.
- Demonstrate ethical behavior to include integrity, respect, dignity, fairness, humaneness, and principles of restoration and rehabilitation.
- Solve problems through logical and sound reasoning.
- Engage in appropriate interactions with culturally and socially diverse populations.
- Collaborate with diverse agencies, community representatives and individuals to achieve common goals.
- Communicate orally, visually and in writing precisely, appropriately, and effectively to varied audiences.
- 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.
- 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 annual median wages* for this program. 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.
Correctional Officers and Jailers
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary
First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers
This program is offered through an educational partnership. Employment by the partnership organization is required for admission.
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 AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. 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.
Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.
Term 1 Term 1 Term 1 Term 1
|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|
|Corrections CCL||Certificate of Completion in Basic Corrections (5698N)||This program is offered through an educational partnership. Employment by the partnership organization is required for admission.||21|
|Detention CCL||Certificate of Completion in Basic Detention (5699N)||This program is offered through an educational partnership. Employment by the partnership organization is required for admission.||18|
|Juvenile Corrections CCL||Certificate of Completion in Juvenile Corrections (5829N)||20|
Term 2 Term 2 Term 2 Term 2
|COM110 or |
|Interpersonal Communication or Elements of Intercultural Communication||SB or C, G, SB||3|
|POS220 or |
|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|
|Specialization Option||Specialization Option||2–3|
|LET167 or |
|Correctional Sergeant Leadership or Management and Leadership I||Prerequisites: Permission of Department or Division. or No requisites||2–3|
|Related Area Course||Related Area Course||Select three to four (3-4) credits from the Related Area Course list below that best aligns with academic and professional goals.||3–4|
|MGT229||Management and Leadership I||3|
|Related Area Course||Related Area Course||Select two to four (2-4) credits from the Related Area Course list below that best aligns with academic and professional goals.||2–4|
|ENG101 or |
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097 or WAC101, or a grade of B or better in ALT100, or (a grade of C in ALT100 AND Corequisites: ENG101LL or ENG107LL OR WAC101 OR ENG100A+). or Prerequisites: Appropriate writing placement test score, or a grade of C or better in ENG091 or ESL097 or WAC101, or a grade of B or better in ALT100, or (a grade of C in ALT100 AND Corequisites: ENG101LL or ENG107LL OR WAC101 OR ENG100A+).||Critical course||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|
|AAA/CPD115 or |
|Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development||0–3|
|ENG102 or |
|First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL||Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENG101. or Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG107.||FYC||3|
|CRE101||College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking||Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in (ENG101 or ENG107) and (RDG095 or RDG100 or RDG111 or RDG112 or RDG113 or an appropriate district placement or permission of Instructor).||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 a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with the Program Director or an Academic Advisor.||0–6|
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 curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Corrections and Detention (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=151032).
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.