Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice is a two-year program. Through classroom instruction, hands-on practical exercises, field trips, and meeting with career professionals in the field, students learn about law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Students complete a rigorous curriculum to learn the most up-to-date information and techniques to prepare for post-secondary studies and careers in law enforcement, investigations, security, corrections, courts, or other criminal justice related fields. View the program flyer.


Characteristics of a successful student

  • A strong interest in the field of Criminal Justice as a career
  • Strong reading and writing skills
  • Open-minded, eager to learn about new things
  • Excellent attendance
  • Parental support of the career and Criminal Justice program


Courses strongly recommended to take prior to enrollment or concurrently at home school district

  • Sociology/Psychology
  • Forensic Science


Curriculum and materials used

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice 6th Edition, Robert M. Bohm
  • NYS Penal Law, NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law, NYS Criminal Procedure Law
  • Police Magazine, Corrections Today, Security Newsletter
  • Evidence Technology Magazine
  • FEMA independent study courses


Topics Covered

  • Law Enforcement
  • Forensics
  • Courts and Law
  • Corrections
  • Private Security
  • Public Safety


Criminal Justice students may be able to receive academic credit in the following subject areas

  • Math 11 (1 credit)
  • Science 11 (1 credit)
  • English 12 (1 credit)
  • Career and Financial Management (1/2 credit)
  • Participation in Government (1/2 credit)

For more information on the availability of this option, please contact your home school counselor.


College credit available through the program

Bryant & Stratton College
CRJU 100 Intro to CJ (3 credit hours)
CRJU 102 Policing (3 credit hours)
CRJU 105 Corrections (3 credit hours)
Columbia Greene Community College
CJ 102 Intro to Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
CJ 115 American Policing (3 credit hours)
CJ 160 Security Operations & Administration (3 credit hours)
Schenectady County Community College
CRJ 113 Intro to Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
CRJ 135 Introduction to Security (3 credit hours)
(These credits are only available if the student attends these colleges.)


Related career opportunities

  • Computer Crime Investigator
  • Corrections Officer
  • Criminal Analyst
  • Environmental Conservation Officer
  • Evidence Technician
  • Federal Agent
  • Military Police
  • Narcotics Investigator
  • Paralegal/Attorney
  • Parole Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Private Security
  • Probation Officer
  • Sheriff’s Deputy
  • State Trooper



New York State Eight-Hour Pre-Assignment Security Guard Certified
Red Cross First Aid Certification
Red Cross CPR Certification
New York State Mandated Reporter
Public Safety Telecommunicator I
NIMS Incident Command for Law Enforcement


Technical Assessment

National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Criminal Justice
Pass all three parts of the technical assessment: written, performance and portfolio.


Consultant Committee

  • Bryant & Stratton College
  • Catskill Police Department
  • Columbia County District Attorney’s Office
  • Columbia County Sheriff’s Officet
  • Columbia-Greene Community College
  • East Greenbush Police Department
  • Greene County Sheriff’s Office
  • Hudson City Court Judge’s Office
  • Joseph Ahearn Law Office
  • New York State Police
  • New York State Police-Catskill Barracks
  • North Greenbush Police Department
  • Rensselaer County District Attorney’s Office
  • Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Office
  • Schodack Police Department
  • Troy Police Department
  • Watervliet Police Department
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