Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Associate Degree


The Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement program prepares students for careers within the criminal justice system. Three certification options are available in addition to the associate degree in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Officer Certification, Correctional Officer Certification and Juvenile Detention Officer Certification. The program is certified by the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Potential occupations include: Private Investigator, Deputy Sheriff, Police Officer, Correctional Officer, Juvenile Detention Officer, Private Security. While acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background, this program may require a background check for placement into clinical sites or field experiences. These checks could prevent students from completing all course requirements necessary for graduation, gaining licensure and finding employment. For more information about background checks, please visit
Graduates will be able to

  • Think critically
  • Manage emergencies
  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Conduct investigations
  • Communicate effectively
  • Interact with others
  • Demonstrate tactical skills (applies to certification track only)