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Corrections programs prepare people to work in jails and prisons.

Corrections programs teach people safety measures and how to work with adult and young offenders in jails and prisons. Students learn to set up and manage programs in a jail or prison.

Corrections programs include topics such as:


In corrections programs students may be able to specialize in:


Many community colleges offer associate degree programs in corrections. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

Some colleges and universities offer a bachelor's degree in corrections. A bachelor’s degree usually takes four years of full-time study to complete.

A few universities offer master’s degrees in corrections. A master’s degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor’s degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

For this program, schools recommend that you know how to use a computer and the Internet. Some programs also require you to pass a background criminal check. You also must be able to pass a physical exam and speak, read, write, and understand English.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Things to Know

An associate degree allows you to work as an entry-level corrections officer at a prison, adult or juvenile detention center, or work release program. You can also work at parole or probation centers or as a bailiff at the courthouse.

Many programs require you to maintain a high level of physical fitness. Often this means that you take courses in health and exercise.

Many corrections programs are offered part time, with day and evening classes.


East Side Area

Central Washington University

King-Snohomish Area

Central Washington University - Lynnwood

Green River College

Kitsap Area

Brandman University - Bangor

West Side Area

Grays Harbor College

Yakima Area

Yakima Valley College