Are you ready to be a role model and make a difference in people’s lives? If so, 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 and interpersonal-problem solving skills that are critical in corrections. In your second year, you will enhance your specialization skills relevant to corrections by learning principles of behaviour change and other assessment skills.
Program fees will vary. To view fee information for your program, go to www.lethbridgecollege.ca/programs and select your program.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students are awarded a Correctional Studies diploma.
Note: Employing agencies may have additional requirements such as a valid driver’s license, Standard First Aid and CPR. Learners are encouraged to maintain their credentials in these areas so that they are current at time of graduation.
Dual Diploma Option
Students pursuing Criminal Justice – Policing or Correctional Studies diplomas with the School of Justice share a common first year of courses. The common first year design of our justice programming facilitates opportunities for you to start your journey in public safety together with students from the Criminal Justice-Policing diploma. Together, you’ll exchange ideas and beliefs, and have an inclusive educational experience that will strengthen relationships and understandings of all branches within the public safety field. Additionally, all students will have the opportunity to learn the ethical framework that should guide the actions of all public safety professionals. The common first year also enables students to take one extra semester to earn a second diploma from the School of Justice at Lethbridge College.
New students are accepted into the Correctional Studies program in the Fall (September) term for on-campus and online study. Students can also start in the Winter (January) or Spring (May) term 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.
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.
|CJP-1159||Ethics and Critical Thought||3|
|CJP-1160||Introduction to Criminal Justice System||3|
|COM-1165||Public Safety Communications/Interpersonal Relations||3|
|LAW-1177||Procedural Law in Canada||3|
|PSY-1160||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|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|
|PED-1190||Fitness & Lifestyles in Public Safety I||3|
|SOC-2255||Complex Correctional Populations||3|
|SOC-2290||Addictions and Mental Health in Justice||3|
|CJP-2287||Strategies in Crisis Situations||3|
|COR-2295||Correctional Case Work and Practices||3|
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
|CJP-2280||Introduction to Commercial Vehicle Enforcement||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
|ANT-2295||Anthropology of Gender||3|
|ARK-1165||Introduction Into Archaeology||3|
|BIO-1160||Anatomy and Physiology I||3|
|BIO-1169||Structural Human Anatomy||3|
|BLK-1151||Blackfoot Language I||3|
|BLK-2251||Blackfoot Language II||3|
|BUS-1170||Introduction to Management||3|
|BUS-2278||Industrial and Labour Relations||3|
|ENG-1190||Introduction to Language and Literature||3|
|HUM-1180||Introduction to World Religions||3|
|INS-1150||Exploring Indigenous Perspectives||3|
|INS-1155||Introduction to Indigenous Studies||3|
|PSC-1161||Introduction to Politics||3|
|PSY-1170||Human Development Across the Lifespan||3|
|PSY-1177||Psychology of Aging||3|
|PSY-2270||Introduction to Personality Theory||3|
|PSY-2275||Introduction to Forensic Psychology||3|
|PSY-2290||Brain and Behaviour||3|
|SOC-1167||Sociology of Aging||3|
|SPN-1151||Introductory Spanish II||3|
|VXR-1150||Introduction to Immersive Technology||3|
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 may include Lethbridge, surrounding rural communities, and may extend beyond these boundaries depending on WIL site availability and approvals. 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.
Athabasca University (pending review)
Graduates of the Correctional Studies diploma are eligible to receive up to 60 credits towards Athabasca University's Bachelor of Professional Arts (BPA) in Human Services, Bachelor of Professional Arts (BPA) in Criminal Justice or, Bachelor of Professional Arts in Governance, Law and Management.
Griffith University, Australia (pending review)
Graduates of Lethbridge College’s Correctional Studies diploma are eligible to receive transfer credit toward the completion of a Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University, Australia. For more information, visit https://www.griffith.edu.au/apply/credit-transfer
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.
Royal Roads University
Lethbridge College's Correctional Studies diploma graduates with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible for full block transfer into the third year of the Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies at Royal Roads University. For more information, please visit https://www.royalroads.ca