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Corrections AAS
Semester Hours:  64
Effective Term: Fall 2017
Prerequisites: Completion of Arizona Correctional Officer Training Academy (COTA) Certificate is required for all students beginning this Degree.

Corequisites: None

Program Description: The Corrections AAS Degree is designed to upgrade the skills and knowledge of correctional officers currently working in the field. This is a closed enrollment degree and has special admission requirements.

Recommended Proficiencies: None

Course Requirements
Corrections AAS
Total Credits: 64

Program Admission Requirements:
Successful completion of the Arizona Correctional Officers Training Academy (COTA) Certificate program is required for admission into the degree. Upon successful completion of COTA, students are eligible to apply up to 21 credits towards the Corrections A.A.S. Degree.

Successful Completion of Arizona COTA Certificate (21 credits)

General Education Requirements (19-20)

Written Communications (3)
Select one:
ENG101 English Composition III (3)
ENG121 Applied Technical Writing (3)

Oral Communications (3)
Select one:
COM101 Interpersonal Communication (3)
COM263 Intercultural Communication (3)

Art and Humanities (3)
PHI112 World Religions (3)
Or select a course numbered 100 or above from the following: ART, HMC, LIT, MHL, PHI, and THE. Students may also choose any course from the Art or Humanities AGEC lists. The required courses must represent two different departments for the Art and Humanities category. For example, students may not take a HIS course to fulfill their Art and Humanities requirement, if they are using another HIS course to complete their Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)
Select one:
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
SOC100 Introduction to Sociology (3)

Physical and Biological Sciences (4)
Select a 4-credit course with lab numbered 100 or above from the Biological and Physical Science Lab list. Students may also choose a course from the Biological and Physical Lab Science AGEC list.

Mathematics (3-4)
Math 121 Intermediate Algebra, Standard (4) or higher

Core and Elective Requirements (45)
COTA Certificate (21)
AJS101 Introduction to Administration of Justice (3)
AJS123 Ethics and the Administration of Justice (3)
AJS209 Substantive Criminal Law (3)
AJS240 The Corrections Function (3)
BUS190 Principles of Management and Leadership* (3)
*May be fulfilled by submission of official Sergeant Leadership Academy Certificationto CAC Admissions.
CIS120 Survey of Computer Information Systems (3)
POS220 U.S. and Arizona Constitutions (3)

Select (3) elective credits from the following:
AJS225 Criminology (3)
AJS275 Criminal Investigations (3)
PSY200 Social Psychology (3) or higher
SOC200 Racial and Ethnic Minorities (3) or higher
SPA Any Spanish course

Other Requirements (0-3)
Reading Competency:
RDG094 College Reading
Equivalent reading assessment test score

Computer Competency (3):
CIS120 Survey of Computer Information Systems (3)
Also fulfills Core Requirements

Students must earn:
a cumulative grade point average (CGPA)of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
a minimum of 20 credits from CAC.
a minimum of 64 credits.

Program Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Analysis Level) Describe, analyze and explain policies and guidelines with respect to professionalism and ethics within the corrections system.
2. (Analysis Level) Analyze and explain the legal obligations pertaining to the use of force, the need for well-documented use of force and the legal standards for reasonable and necessary use of force.
3. (Evaluation Level) Outline the parameters for use of force, use of deadly force, use of chemical agents and mechanical restraints and use of interpersonal communication skills in controlling crisis situations then identify appropriate action based on the situation.
4. (Synthesis Level) Use principles of effective communication skills to recognize visual and verbal clues to assess the nature and extent of a potential crisis situation and to determine an appropriate course of action.
5. (Evaluation Level) Identify situations in which inmates have a right to protection, based on the Constitution, court cases, state statutes, and agency rules.
6. (Comprehension Level) Summarize regulations and procedures regarding inmates' personal property.
7. (Application Level) Conduct various types of searches, including a cell search, pat search, wand search and strip search per policy and procedures.
8. (Evaluation Level) Demonstrate the principles of self-defense and describe procedures and techniques for using necessary legal self-defense.
9. (Evaluation Level) Describe the essential elements for effective interactions with inmates, explain various control procedures for dealing with inmates and refine communication skills through critiques.
10. (Comprehension Level) Summarize the organization and power of federal courts, state courts, county courts and municipal courts.
11. (Analysis Level) Analyze and explain the exclusionary rule, eminent domain, civil rights and affirmative action as laid in the U.S. and state Constitutions, court cases and statutes.
12. (Evaluation Level) Analyze the basic theories of human development and personality, explain how those theories apply in the correctional institution and develop a plan to effectively manage different types of inmates.
13. (Analysis Level) Examine the fundamental concepts of social organization, culture, socialization, social institutions, and social change and apply them to the institutional setting.
14. (Analysis Level) Analyze and describe the effect of race/ethnicity, sex/gender and age on social inequality.
15. (Synthesis Level) Demonstrate leadership skills in a variety of real world situations.
Standards for Program
COTA and it's curriculum: http://www.azcorrections.gov/adc/employment/Jeff_Employment_COTA_curriculum.aspx

http://www.azcorrections.gov/adc/employment/Employment_COTA_curriculum.aspx (09/05/12)

DOC Policies and Procedures: http://www.azcorrections.gov/Zoya_dept_orders_1.aspx