Criminal Justice, Certificate of Proficiency

Criminal Justice, Certificate of Proficiency

Florissant Valley, Forest Park, Meramec, Wildwood, and Online

The Criminal Justice Certificate of Proficiency prepares students for employment and advancement in an entry-level career in law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. This program is designed for students who want to enhance their skills and competencies in professional criminal justice roles. Students will acquire a fundamental knowledge in legal procedures, strong written skills, and a basic understanding of the government process.

Cost of Attendance.  For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES

Program Career and Salary Information.  Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at the following URL: Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest. 

The following limitations to the data apply: Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.

Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.   

At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. identify the major components of the criminal justice system.
  2. explain legal concepts, terminology, and evidentiary rules and constitutional limitations to which criminal justice professionals must adhere when practicing within the field.
  3. explain the functions of law enforcement, corrections, and the courts.
  4. analyze crime-related issues in the community.
  5. propose ethical and legal solutions to crime-related issues in the community.
  6. complete clear and concise written documentation in the performance of their duties as criminal justice professionals.
  7. distinguish the overlapping roles of law enforcement agencies, the criminal and juvenile court systems, and correctional facilities.
  8. identify the theories of crime and deviance, rehabilitation, and punishment.
Program Requirements
CRJ 122Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRJ 101American Correctional System3
CRJ 129Introduction to Law Enforcement3
CRJ 123Juvenile Justice3
CRJ 124Criminal Law and Procedures3
CRJ 212Criminal Investigation3
ENG 101College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3
CRJ 206Diversity and Criminal Justice3
or SOC 203 Crime and Society
PHL 104Ethics (MOTR PHIL 102)3
Select one of the following:3
United States History to 1865 (MOTR HIST 101)
United States History from 1865 to the Present (MOTR HIST 102)
Introduction to American Politics (MOTR POSC 101)
Total Credit Hours30

PLEASE NOTE:  If you originally enrolled at STLCC prior to Fall 2022, you may need to view an archived catalog for your correct program requirements.  Please speak with an advisor or the program coordinator for more information.

New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
CRJ 122 Introduction to Criminal Justice3Reading Proficiency
CRJ 101 American Correctional System3Reading Proficiency
CRJ 129 Introduction to Law Enforcement3Reading Proficiency
ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3Placement score or ENG 030 or ENG 070 with a grade of "C" or better or recommendation of department and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079
HST 101 United States History to 1865 (MOTR HIST 101)
or United States History from 1865 to the Present (MOTR HIST 102)
or Introduction to American Politics (MOTR POSC 101)
3Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079
Credit Hours15
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
CRJ 123 Juvenile Justice3Reading Proficiency
CRJ 124 Criminal Law and Procedures3Reading Proficiency
CRJ 206 Management of Human Conflicts
or Crime and Society
3Reading Proficiency
CRJ 212 Criminal Investigation3Reading Proficiency
PHL 104 Ethics (MOTR PHIL 102)3Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079
Credit Hours15
Total Credit Hours30

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**Students completing a course that has been assigned a MOTR number may transfer that course to any public institution in Missouri. Those who complete CORE 42 requirements will have that verification on their transcript.

*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice.  Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor.