Are you ready to be a role model and make a difference in people’s lives? Then a career in Corrections may be for you. In our two-year Corrections program, you’ll gain the required competencies through your courses and experiential learning opportunities in our specialized learning spaces to become exceptional candidates for a rewarding and challenging career in corrections.

Sharing a common first year with students in our Criminal Justice – Policing program, you will develop key competencies such as communications, interpersonal-problem solving skills that are critical in corrections. In your second year, you will enhance your specialization skills relevant to corrections such as principles of behaviour change, along with other assessment skills. 

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Career Opportunities

At the end of the program, you'll be prepared for work throughout the criminal justice system in positions such as:

  • Federal Correctional Officer                                                               
  • Halfway House Counsellor                                                                 
  • Provincial Correctional Officer                                                           
  • Youth Worker
  • Victim Services Worker            

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50+ years

of delivering quality public safety education

4

state-of-the-art learning spaces: courtroom, crisis apartment, conflict resolution simulators and interviewing rooms

2 diplomas

can be earned in just over two years with our common first year for Criminal Justice – Policing and Correctional Studies programs

At-a-Glance

Starts-in

September and January (on campus or online), and May (online only)

Credential / Accreditation

Diploma

Duration

2 years

Application Deadlines

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Program Availability

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Admissions

New students are accepted into the Correctional Studies program in the Fall (September) and Winter (January) terms for on-campus and online study and also in Spring (May) terms for online study. 

General Admissions Requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs, as indicated in the Admission section of this calendar.

Medical Requirements

Although no physical requirements are placed on applicants for entry to the program, applicants should ensure through a medical examination that their cardiovascular system is suitable to undertake fitness-related exercise.

Transfers
Lethbridge College

Graduates of Lethbridge College's Correctional Studies diploma who choose to enter the Bachelor of Applied Arts - Justice Studies degree program at Lethbridge College will get two full years of credit towards the degree. Courses are provided on campus or through distributed/online learning. Details regarding this program can be found in this calendar and on the Lethbridge College website.

Practicums
Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Pre-Placement Requirements

This program has a required Work-Integrated Learning Pre-Placement Requirements (WIL) component. The College dictates the legal terms and conditions governing the WIL.

Students must meet and maintain certain requirements to participate in the WIL setting as determined by programs, practice agencies and/or legislated by government bodies. These may include health (e.g. immunizations, screening tests, etc.), privacy and security (e.g. police information check, IT access, etc.), and OH&S requirements (e.g. CPR certification, Fire Safety, WHMIS, Mask Fit-testing, etc.).

Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) coverage - WIL placement agencies and employers usually require WCB coverage on behalf of the student.  Students enrolled in post-secondary institutions in Alberta are deemed to be employees of the Province of Alberta and, as such, provided WCB coverage.  In certain instances for students outside of Alberta, WCB coverage may not be provided (e.g. non-Alberta residents taking a course solely through distance learning with a WIL placement outside of Alberta).  These students are advised to contact the program prior to application.

Students with disabilities who may require accommodations must schedule an appointment with Accessibility Services at Lethbridge College preferably upon acceptance to the program and no later than the Add/Drop deadline to identify potential impacts of their disabilities in the WIL setting. As part of this process, it may be necessary to collaborate with WIL supervisors to determine appropriate accommodations that do not compromise the health and safety of clients, essential placement requirements, or mandatory licensing processes. Failure to consult with Accessibility Services in a timely fashion may compromise the student's WIL placement and opportunities for success in the WIL setting.

In order to participate in a WIL, a student may be required to complete a Police Information Check or other type of Security Clearance to the satisfaction of Lethbridge College and the WIL organization. Completion of a WIL does not guarantee employment with a WIL organization. Many disciplines are provincially or otherwise regulated (e.g. health professions under Alberta's Health Professions Act); such regulation is beyond Lethbridge College's control. Completion of a WIL and graduation from a certain program do not guarantee one's licensure or admission into a regulatory body. Prospective students are encouraged to consult with a representative of the relevant regulatory body if they have concerns.

WIL sites will include Lethbridge and may include surrounding rural communities. WIL’s may include day, evening, and/or weekend schedules. Students will be expected to travel to assigned sites and will be responsible for arranging travel and any associated costs.

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Delivery Formats

The Correctional Studies program is available through on-campus delivery, which may include some blended delivery components, as well as a fully online delivery.

Blended

This program includes both face-to-face/on-campus and online delivery in both synchronous (learning occurs in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous (learning does not occur at the same time or same place) formats.

On Campus

This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on campus in Lethbridge.

Online

This program is fully delivered online with both synchronous (learning occurs in real-time on a set schedule) and asynchronous (learning does not occur at the same time or same place) components.

Courses

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Course Title Credits
Year 1
Term I
CJP-1159 Ethics and Critical Thought 3
CJP-1160 Introduction to Criminal Justice System 3
COM-1165 Public Safety Communications/Interpersonal Relations 3
ENG-1150 Composition 3
LAW-1177 Procedural Law in Canada 3
PSY-1160 Introduction to Psychology 3
  Credits 18
Term II
CJP-1185 Diverse Populations in Public Safety 3
CJP-1157 Preliminary Response and Investigation 3
CJP-1177 Applied English & Public Safety Writing 3
COR-1180 Youth in the Justice System 3
LAW-1178 Criminal and Correctional Offences 3
SOC-1160 Introduction to Sociology 3
  Credits 18
Year 2
Term I
CJP-2281 Conflict Management 3
COR-2253 Correctional Classification 3
PED-1190 Fitness & Lifestyles in Public Safety I 3
SOC-2255 Complex Correctional Populations 3
SOC-2290 Addictions and Mental Health in Justice 3
Approved Elective 3
  Credits 18
Term II
CJP-2278 Criminology 3
CJP-2287 Strategies in Crisis Situations 3
COR-2277 Corrections Administration 3
COR-2295 Correctional Case Work and Practices 3
Approved Elective 3
  Credits 15
  Total Credits 69
Approved Electives

To fulfill elective requirements, choose one elective from List A and one elective from List B or two electives from List B.

List A - Specialized Electives
Course Title Credits
CJP-2280 Introduction to Commercial Vehicle Enforcement 3
CJP-2294 Specialized Policing 3
CJP-2295 Traffic 3
CJP-2296 Career Preparation for Public Safety 3
COR-2262 Drugs in Corrections 3
FWK-2280 Field Work Practicum 3
List B - Breadth Electives
Course Title Credits
ANT-1195 Cultural Anthropology 3
ANT-2295 Anthropology of Gender 3
ARK-1165 Introduction Into Archaeology 3
BIO-1160 Anatomy and Physiology I 3
BIO-1162 Microbiology 3
BIO-1169 Structural Human Anatomy 3
BLK-1151 Blackfoot Language I 3
BLK-2251 Blackfoot Language II 3
BUS-1166 Business Law 3
BUS-1170 Introduction to Management 3
BUS-2278 Industrial and Labour Relations 3
ENG-1190 Introduction to Language and Literature 3
HUM-1150 Logic 3
HUM-1158 Creative Problem-Solving 3
HUM-1180 Introduction to World Religions 3
HUM-1190 Popular Culture 3
INS-1150 Exploring Indigenous Perspectives 3
INS-1155 Introduction to Indigenous Studies 3
PSC-1150 Local Government 3
PSC-1161 Introduction to Politics 3
PSC-1165 Canadian Government 3
PSY-1170 Human Development Across the Lifespan 3
PSY-1177 Psychology of Aging 3
PSY-1179 Adolescent Development 3
PSY-2253 Child Psychopathology 3
PSY-2260 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY-2270 Introduction to Personality Theory 3
PSY-2275 Introduction to Forensic Psychology 3
PSY-2280 Social Psychology 3
PSY-2290 Brain and Behaviour 3
SOC-1167 Sociology of Aging 3
SOC-2260 Social Problems 3
SPN-1150 Introductory Spanish 3
SPN-1151 Introductory Spanish II 3
VXR-1150 Introduction to Immersive Technology 3
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Tuition and Fees

Title Tuition Fees Books/Supplies
Year 1
$4,392.00
$1,268.00
$1,500.00
Year 2
$3,935.00
$1,186.00
$850.00
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International Students
Title Tuition Fees Books/Supplies
Year 1
$15,192.00
$1,268.00
$1,500.00
Year 2
$14,229.00
$1,186.00
$850.00
Notes

Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.

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