If you are considering coming back to college or coming to college for the first time, know that getting a steady job and perhaps a better one is dependent on a college education of some type. You will fair much better than someone who just has a high school education. In the past 4 years, over one and half million jobs have become available for individuals who have an associate’s degree or at least some college experience. Individuals without some college (high school diplomas only) saw a decline in some quarter of a millions jobs during the same time period. Now is the time to get into college to get those new jobs that are coming available and replace the lower level jobs that are now gone.
The nice thing about associate degrees is that usually take two years or less to complete and allow you to get a job immediately or continue your education if you wish to do so. There are three types of associate degrees which include Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Sciences (AS) and Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS). AA degrees are generally acquired by students who want careers in liberal arts such as education, English, history, communications or perhaps psychology. AS degrees promote technical coursework such as math, and natural sciences. AAS degrees tend towards providing degrees that will help you find a job right away.
Some of you may have an interest in the criminal justice system but may be particularly interested in majoring in juvenile justice. More power to you. Working in the juvenile system allows you to make changes in the future of many young individuals. Currently, it has been observed that many youngsters who are black or female are disproportionately represented in our juvenile system not to mention that 10 percent of these juveniles end up in foster care after they are incarcerated. Individuals are needed with formal training who have compassion for our troubled youth today who are willing to take the time to learn the appropriate skills so that they can serve the community in this criminal justice specialty.
You may not know that juvenile justice degrees are not as common as criminal justice or correctional degrees. As a juvenile justice student you can choose a certificate program or a diploma program. Your coursework often involves materials such as conflict resolution, drop-out prevention, youth advocacy along with other related materials. You’ll learn how to help youngsters develop anger management skills and work with probation officers in developing probation and release schedules. Your certificate coursework can be split up into materials that cover the private-sector or public-sector depending on your particular interests. Juvenile justice may also go under the heading of juvenile corrections programs. A juvenile corrections certificate generally takes one year to complete and the nice thing is that these programs are geared towards complementing an associate’s degree in criminal justice. You just can’t go wrong with this.
Juvenile Justice Admission Requirements
To be admitted to a juvenile corrections program, you need a high school diploma or GED equivalent. Nevertheless, you may be required to take coursework in English, mathematics or sciences to fulfill admission requirements. This varies depending on where you apply.
Juvenile Corrections Coursework
A certificate in Juvenile Correction coursework requires presentation of theories, principles and history of corrections. You’ll learn the role and function of a juvenile corrections worker by taking coursework such as intro to criminal justice, youth and addiction, corrections casework, abnormal psychology, juvenile delinquency and judicial process.
Your certificate will allow you to work with juveniles and help them manage their behavior problems with the direction of juvenile/criminal justice personnel. You will need to advance your training for career advancement opportunities but your current position will provide for much needed experience (on-the-job-training). It is reported that correctional treatment specialist careers will grow 20 percent in the next 6 years. This means there will be more slots available in the coming years when students graduate. Salaries for juvenile corrections may be as low as minimum wage but if you go up a notch to an associates degree there is potential for more money. You might try to become a probational officer. Remember, take small steps, one step at a time and before long you’ll be there.
Juvenile Justice Bachelor’s Degree
If you have the stamina, you might consider a bachelor’s degree (four-year degree) in juvenile justice. Juvenile justice tends to focus on correctional leadership and juveniles in the correctional system. Coursework focuses on criminology, sociology and legal issues. This coursework can all be taken online which makes it convenient for those of you who are currently working and need to continue to do so. You’ll learn about trial preparation and detention to parole and advocacy. There are many jobs available at each level of juvenile justice so getting a position should not be a problem.
Jobs are available in the public sector such as in corrections departments at the state and local levels which includes probation officers, corrections officers and mental health counselors. The private sector has much to offer as well. These positions include child advocate groups, law offices, school legal departments, private care and custody officers.
Juvenile Justice Images
Juvenile detention chart 1997 to 2011.
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