Earn your A.S. and continue with your bachelor's degree at SPC

Our flexible Associate in Science Degree in Criminal Justice Technology gives you a foundation in public safety and an education credential if you want to move up in your career. You choose your specialty based on your interests or experience. 

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers, All Other

Salary Data

Projected employment for United States

2021 Employment

24,900

2031

26,300

Percent Change

6

Projected Job Openings

2600

Our Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice Technology teaches you:

  • The nature and principles of the criminal justice system
  • Criminal investigation procedure
  • Juvenile delinquency issues
  • Law enforcement administration and operations
  • The fields of corrections and criminal law
  • Rules of evidence

Criminal Justice Technology Public Safety Services Associate in Science

CJPSS-AS
Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2022 (610)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2022 (610), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Summary

Please contact PublicSafetyAdvising@spcollege.edu for questions regarding this program.

This program is offered as a Fully Online program.

The goal of this program is to prepare the student with a diverse background in the history, philosophy, organization and operation of the various arenas of public safety and their respective processes. The flexibility of this degree is that the student is allowed to select an option/sub plan and still be able to receive a well rounded foundation of the public safety field. The Associate in Science degree program allows students to not only graduate with an AS degree, but also be able to meet the entrance requirements to continue the BAS degree in Public Safety Administration.

Graduation Requirements

SPECIAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS:
1. A grade of ā€œCā€ or better in all designated major and support courses in this program.
2. Completion of an End of Program Assessment Examination.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Communications - Composition- Core
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.
3
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Communications - Literature
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition II/Literature coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 36 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.
3
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Humanities and Fine Arts-Core
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.
3
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Mathematics-Core
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.
3
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Ethics
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.
3
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Natural Sciences - Core
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Science coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.
3
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Computer/Information Literacy Competency
Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required.
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Enhanced World View
Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Civic Literacy
Competency may be demonstrated by completing at least one course from the approved General Education Civic Literacy coursework below (minimum grade of "C" required) AND satisfactory completion of an assessment (exam). This requirement is in compliance with Rule 6A-10.02413 of the Florida Administrative Code.
SUPPORT COURSES American Government (Select 3 credits)
Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Social/Behavioral Science core requirement and the Civic Literacy course requirement for this AS degree.
MAJOR CORE COURSES Complete 15 credits
Note: Students who plan to pursue the St. Petersburg College Law Enforcement Academy should NOT enroll in CCJ 1020 and CJL 2062. Graduates of the SPC academy who pass the exam are eligible to receive credit for these two courses.
SUBPLAN Select one subplan from below (Complete 24 credits)
SUBPLAN CORE COURSES Subplan: Cross Discipline (CRJ) (Select 24 credits)
Courses listed are a suggested pathway. Or select any courses with CCJ, CJB, CJC, CJD, CJE, CJL, CJT or DSC prefixes
24
SUBPLAN CORE COURSES Subplan: Law Enforcement (LAW ENF) (Complete 24 credits)
Credits articulated and applied from completion of the PSAV Law Enforcement Academy can be used toward the required 24 credits for this subplan. Students completing this degree using this option must meet with the program office or the SEPSI Advisor in order to be certain all requirements of this option have been fulfilled.
24
SUBPLAN CORE COURSES Subplan: Corrections (COR) (Complete 24 credits)
Credits articulated and applied from completion of the PSAV Corrections Academy can be used towards fulfillment of the required 24 credits for this subplan. Students completing this degree using this option must meet with the program office or the SEPSI Advisor in order to be certain all requirements of this option have been fulfilled. Courses will be identified later.
24

1 Per SCNS course number changed from CCJ 2704 to CCJ 2720.

Total Credits:
60
Academic Pathways The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
  • the recommended order in which to take the program courses
  • suggested course when more than one option exists
  • which semester each course is typically offered
  • if the course has a prerequisite
  • courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)
If you are starting the program this term,
VIEW THE RECOMMENDED ACADEMIC PATHWAY

If you have already started the program,
VIEW THE ARCHIVED ACADEMIC PATHWAYS

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.
Program Leadership Information
Michael Hughes
Program Chair
727.341.4146
Susan  Demers
Dean

Florida CIP Code

1743010302: Criminal Justice ()

Federal CIP Code

43.0103: Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration.

Your public safety academy training applies to this degree

If you have completed one of SPC's training academies, you can earn academic credit towards our Associate in Science Degree in Criminal Justice Technology.

Please NOTE: This program does not prepare you for certification as a Correctional Officer, Law Enforcement Officer, Correctional Probation Officer, Auxiliary Correctional Officer or Auxiliary Law Enforcement Officer. You must successfully complete a Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission (CJSTC) Basic Recruit Program, such as one of SPC's training academies, to become a certified officer through FDLE.

Continue your education at SPC

SPC's Criminal Justice Technology A.S. Degree transfers to our bachelor's degree in Public Safety Administration.

Public Safety Specialized Training

If you're looking for training as a current public safety professional or need to meet your mandatory training requirements, SPC offers a wide range of options for Advanced and Short-Term Training for public safety professionals.

Criminal Justice Technology A.S. Degree

Program Admissions

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