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Corrections Officer

Corrections Officer

The Corrections Officer Certificate Program, as part of the Criminal Justice Program, is designed to meet the needs of individuals interested in pursuing a career in corrections. It emphasizes correctional theory, law and procedures, as well as applied social and behavioral sciences. Graduates may qualify for employment at federal, state and county correctional facilities as correctional officers or supervisors, provided they meet standard physical and moral standards. These positions may also require graduates to pass a civil service exam for employment.

For increased flexibility, students may elect to take more than 75% of the program courses online.

Program Competencies

Upon graduation with this certificate, the graduate will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of criminal justice vocabulary and structure and function of: law enforcement, courts and corrections;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the philosophical and historical background in the three parts of criminal justice: law enforcement, courts and corrections;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the impact of various philosophies of criminal justice: law enforcement, courts and corrections;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the theories on causes of crime: economic, sociological and psychological; and 
  • demonstrate an understanding of our correctional system; the use of penitentiaries and prisons in American society; probation and parole concepts and usages; the nature of punishment and present trends in corrections, including post-conviction options.

* Erie Community College and the Erie County Sheriff's Office entered into an agreement to provide 13 credit hours for Corrections Officer training through the New York State Corrections Officer Training for the basic course for corrections officers.


Total Degree Credits: 31.0

First Year, Fall Semester
CR 150 - Introduction to Criminal Justice Credit Hours: 3
CR 160 - Criminology Credit Hours: 3
CR 250 - Introduction to Corrections Credit Hours: 3
CR ___ - Criminal Justice Elective Credit Hours: 3
PE 202 - Physical Fitness I Credit Hours: 1
EN 100 - Composition I: Rhetorical Strategies Credit Hours: 3

First Year, Spring Semester
CR 170 - Criminal Law Credit Hours: 3
CR 220 - Criminal Justice Ethics Credit Hours: 3
CR 260 - Criminal Courts and Procedures Credit Hours: 3
GO 101 - American Government I Credit Hours: 3
PS 100 - Introduction to Psychology Credit Hours: 3

Available At:

North Campus

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers
Correctional Officers and Jailers
Gainful Employment Information

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Curriculum Code:



Business & Public Service
Corrections Officer

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Michael Kozlowski
North Campus
Room B408B
6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
P: (716) 851-1537