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Criminal Justice

Associate Degree Program

Are you interested in protecting society from criminal activity and serving as a role model in the community? With a degree from Delaware Tech, you’ll enter the criminal justice field as a professional with the knowledge and skills to serve society in a variety of ways. You’ll use your good judgment and maturity to deal with members of society from varied backgrounds who are exhibiting antisocial behavior. The Criminal Justice Program at Delaware Tech will prepare you for a respected position in law enforcement, the courts, corrections, counseling, loss prevention, and critical infrastructure protection.

This program is offered at the Dover, Georgetown, and Stanton campuses.

What You Can Do

In this program, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare you for positions such as:

  • State/Municipal/Town Police Officer
  • Fish & Wildlife Enforcement 
  • Delaware River and Bay Authority Law Enforcement
  • Correctional Officer
  • Criminal Justice Case Manager
  • Work in Residential Treatment Facilities
What You Will Earn

Competitive starting salaries range from $25,000 - $55,000.

What You Will Learn

Program Graduate Competencies

The Program Graduate Competencies listed below identify the major learning goals related to your specific program of study and identify the knowledge and skills you will have when you graduate to be successful in your chosen field.

  1. Employ criminal justice professionalism in the performance of duties.
  2. Assess the function and interaction of criminal justice agencies and organizations.
  3. Utilize interviewing, counseling, and crisis intervention techniques with diverse criminal justice populations.
  4. Apply knowledge of causation and correction to juvenile and adult offenders.
  5. Employ the legal principles and practices of criminal and constitutional law.

Core Curriculum Competencies

The Core Curriculum Competencies listed below identify what you, as an associate degree graduate, will be able to do upon completion of your degree, regardless of your major. You will acquire these core competencies through your general education courses (i.e. English, math, etc.) and your program of study courses.

  1. Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing.
  2. Demonstrate effective problem solving and reasoning skills.
  3. Work effectively in groups of people from diverse backgrounds.
  4. Demonstrate ethical and professional understanding and conduct.
  5. Apply appropriate information literacy skills to locate, evaluate and use information effectively.
  6. Use computer technology appropriate to the field.
  7. Use scientific and mathematical reasoning appropriate to the technology.

Pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree?

This is a Connected Degree program that enables you to complete your associate degree and then transfer to a four-year degree program as a junior. See an academic counselor for details!