Criminal Justice Certificate
Criminal Justice Certificate
Available at these Campuses: Chicago Bridgeview
Do you want to make the world a safer place? Would you like to make a difference within your own community? Are you interested in how the criminal justice system works? If you answered yes to these questions then consider earning a certificate in criminal justice from Northwestern College, and preparing for a new career in law enforcement.
Northwestern College offers a one-year certificate program in criminal justice. By drawing from the top experts in our faculty and administrative teams, we’ve been able to devise an educational program that not only looks good on paper—but also helps makes you a valuable part of any law enforcement team. This program is designed to be completed in one year.
Criminal Justice Careers that Matter
The Criminal Justice certificate program prepares students for a variety of positions in the criminal justice system. This program is appropriate for individuals who are interested in a career as a police officer, corrections officer, security guard, or telecommunications officer.
Upon completion of the program, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Identify the three components of the criminal justice system and explain their function.
- Identify issues relative to protection of life, liberty, and property
- Understand the dynamics and cultures of working within the legal system
- Exhibit professional behavior and high ethical standards
- Demonstrate effective oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills as expected in criminal justice professions
- Discuss the impact of the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments related to criminal justice
As a criminal justice certificate student, you will enjoy classes such as:
This course covers the nature of crime and delinquency based on historical and conventional theories of causation. Also presented is the interrelationship between punishment, solution, and correction.
This course provides students with an overview of the corrections system including historical development, philosophy, and a variety of correctional methods. Pre- and post-institutional techniques, probation, and parole will be covered.
This course covers the fundamentals and procedures of investigations, applications of deductive and inductive reasoning in the investigative process, collection, marking and preservation of evidence, and the techniques and procedures of follow-up investigations.
Accreditations and Approvals
Northwestern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604, (312) 263-0456, www.hlcommission.org.
Northwestern College is approved for veterans training under the G.I. Bill for Veterans Educational Assistance.
Making College Affordable
At Northwestern College, we help our students understand their college costs and how to pay for them. We also, understand that applying for financial aid can seem a little confusing and overwhelming, and want to make the process of applying for financial aid as easy as possible. That’s why our Financial Assistance Representatives are available to meet with you to help you understand financial aid and help you navigate through the application process.
Northwestern College participates in several different types of financial aid programs to enable our Financial Assistant Department to offer you the best possible combination of aid awards. We participate in both the Federal Student Aid Programs and Illinois State MAP Program, along with other miscellaneous financial aid programs from various sources (including Veterans Programs).
Most of our students receive some form of financial assistance. We work hard to help you find the money you need to finance your education, guiding you through the financial aid process and helping you explore different financial aid options. Grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study will assist you in paying for a college education. Read on to learn more about these opportunities.
Remember, you can always contact the Financial Assistant Department at any time and speak with one of our Financial Assistance Representatives if you have any questions regarding the financial aid process. We look forward to helping you!
Grants are need-based awards funded by the federal or state government. Grants are funds that do not require repayment. Learn More
For many students and parents, loans represents an important resource to help finance educational expenses. Northwestern College participates in the federal student loan program which allows students and their parents to borrow money to help meet their educational costs. A loan is a borrowed money that is expected to be paid back with interest. When you take out a student loan, you are making a legal obligation to repay the loan, so carefully consider the amount you borrow. Be a responsible borrower and borrow only what you need. Learn More
The internal scholarships and tuition discounts that we offer are sums of money that do not require repayment. Last year, we made more than $4 million in scholarships available to students just like you. See which ones you qualify for.
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