Are you interested in a law enforcement career but don’t know where to start? Are you logical, rational and consistent in the way you approach problem-solving? Do you get satisfaction out of creating and maintaining a safe, structured environment?
Studying Criminal Justice at
Cedar Valley College can prepare you for a variety of careers. There is a wide range of jobs available depending on your skills, abilities and education — from police officer to correction officer, constable, FBI or CIA agent, drug enforcement officer or U.S. marshal.
These rates are
entry hourly wages for the following Criminal Justice jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
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All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth. Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence
Criminal justice programs at
Cedar Valley College provide valuable knowledge in working effectively in corrections, probation, government and private security settings. Practical courses include dealing with criminal behavior, methods of criminology, public policy, interpersonal communication and ethical issues in criminal justice. Additional courses such as sociology, public speaking, speech communication, math, composition, computers, Spanish and more will give you a well-rounded education.
Criminal Justice courses include:
Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas’ targeted occupations lists corrections officer as a high growth area, with 2,330 openings projected locally this year.
America’s Career Infonet projects high job increase for supervisors and managers of correctional officers (15 percent); compliance and correctional officers (both 16 percent); detectives and criminal investigators (18 percent); postsecondary criminal justice teachers (20 percent); and probation officers (29 percent). High job increase is defined as annual growth over 10 percent.
U.S. News and World Report’s Money Careers lists patrol officer and security guard among its
best social services jobs.
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Criminal Justice careers.
A guided pathway will help you earn a college credential and build a career. It’s a one-page document that clearly shows you what courses to take (and when) to best prepare you for success in college and in your career.
Learn more about Guided Pathways to Success.
See all certificates and degrees in Criminal Justice.
Important note: Before applying to any law enforcement agency, please check with its recruiters to see how many hours of study are required for admission. Requirements vary from agency to agency and it is your responsibility to know the credit hours needed for the position you are seeking.
Cedar Valley College offers state-certified Basic Peace Officer training courses and certification licensed through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). These programs are administered through the Continuing Education Divisions at each college.
Students who successfully complete the Basic Peace Officer course are eligible to take the Texas Peace Officer examination and to perform law enforcement jobs at entry level. Specialized courses may also be used to fulfill the TCOLE-mandated 40 hours of training required for peace officers every two years.
Get more information on Cedar Valley College’s Law Enforcement Academy.
This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information please visit
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