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Criminal Justice Certification in Texas
(found programs from 46 schools)


Why Should I Get a Criminal Justice Certificate in Texas?

 As one of the largest states in the country, Texas has a constantly growing need for criminal justice professionals. Many in-demand criminal justice careers are entry-level, so they do not require two to four years of schooling. Rather, you may be able to get started by earning a criminal justice diploma or certificate.

There are many ways to make a difference in Texas, but corrections is one of the largest parts of this industry. Texas has more inmates in custody than any other state in the country, which means that state jails and prisons need more staff to maintain ratios and ensure prisoner safety (Courthouse News, 2016).

What does it take to become a police officer, correctional officer, paralegal, or bailiff?

Find out by contacting criminal justice programs in Texas, listed below for your convenience.

What Kind of Criminal Justice Certificates are Available in Texas?

 In general, certificate programs are intended for those who have never earned a postsecondary degree or diploma. For that reason, admissions requirements tend to be fairly relaxed and you may find programs at two-year schools all over Texas.

However, some schools do offer post-Bachelor's and post-graduate certificates for students who have already completed their undergraduate or graduate education.

Court Reporting Technical Certificate Requirements (45 credits)

  • Testimony Dictation
    • Learn how to properly transcribe and verify testimony in the courtroom.
  • Realtime Court Reporting
    • Build an understanding of the basic standards and procedures of court and legal reporting.
  • Law and Legal Terminology
    • Students in this class start out by learning basic, common legal terminology. From there, they move on to highly specialized legal terms and vocabulary.
  • Court Reporting Technology
    • Explore different types of machines and programs used to streamline the process of court reporting.

Law Enforcement Technical Certificate Requirements (40 credits)

  • Mechanics of Arrest
    • Learn how to legally and safely conduct an arrest in the state of Texas.
  • Arrest, Search, and Seizure
    • This course builds on information gathered in Mechanics of Arrest by outlining the process of searching a suspect and his or her property. It also goes into how to seize evidence and illegal items.
  • Code of Criminal Procedure
    • Students in this class learn the procedures they must follow while operating as a law enforcement officer.
  • Criminal Justice Professionalism and Ethics
    • Develop techniques for remaining professional at all times, even when faced with serious crimes. By the time you finish this class, you should have a thorough understanding of the code of ethics in criminal justice.

Paralegal Technical Certificate Requirements (40 credits)

  • Legal Research and Writing
    • Practice your research and writing skills while learning more about the different types of documents used in law offices.
  • Paralegal Studies
    • Learn about the scope of practice of the paralegal and which duties may be assigned to you in a law office.
  • Civil Litigation
    • Find out which cases fall under the umbrella of civil litigation, as opposed to criminal litigation.
  • Law Office Management
    • Discover how to efficiently run a law office and become indispensable to your supervisors.

What Can I Do With a Criminal Justice Certificate in Texas?

 As noted earlier, the need for criminal justice professionals is growing extremely quickly in Texas. For example, O*Net expects job openings for court reporters to increase 15% by 2024 (2016). During this timeframe, they anticipate a 19% boost in police officer job openings and a 27% increase in paralegal job openings (O*Net, 2016).

Salaries vary quite a bit between cities, suburban areas, and rural parts of Texas. Statewide, the average salary for a court reporter is $71,350 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016). Police officers report an average salary of $58,710 per year, while paralegals bring in an average of $53,190 annually (BLS, 2016).

No matter which career most interests you, you can start preparing now.

Browse a list of criminal justice certificate programs and request information from schools near you.

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Texas

Alvin Community College (Alvin, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Basic Law Enforcement Academy, Certificate - Correctional Administration, Certificate - Correctional Science, Certificate - Court Reporting, Certificate - Crime Scene Investigation, Certificate - Law Enforcement Police Administration, Certificate - Scopist: Court Reporting
Amarillo College (Amarillo, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Law Enforcement, Certificate - Safety and Environmental Technology
Arlington Career Institute (Grand Prairie, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting, Certificate - Legal Assistant/Secretary, Certificate - Paralegal, Certificate - Stenograph Court Reporting
Austin Community College District (Austin, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Texas Peace Officer Sequence
Brazosport College (Lake Jackson, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Criminal Justice, Peace Officer Licensure Certificate - Law Enforcement Academy
Bush School of Government - Texas A&M University (College Station, TX)
Programs Offered:

Grad Cert - Critical Infrastruction Protection (online), Grad Cert - Defense Policy & Military Affairs (online), Grad Cert - Emergency & Crisis Preparedness & Mgmt (online), Grad Cert - Homeland Security Policy & Mgmt (online), Grad Cert - Intelligence (online), Grad Cert - National Security Policy (online)
Center for Advanced Legal Studies (Houston, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Paralegal
Central Texas College (Killeen, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Paralegal/Legal Assistant, Certificate of Completion - Basic Peace Officer Training, Certificate of Completion - Criminal Justice - Addictions, Certificate of Completion - Criminal Justice Studies (online), Certificate of Completion - Extended Basic Peace Officer Training, Certificate of Completion - Homeland Security and Emergency Management (online)
Cisco College (Cisco, TX)
Programs Offered:

Level I Certificate - Criminal Justice, Level I Certificate - Homeland Security
Coastal Bend College (Beeville, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Criminal Justice
Collin College (Plano, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Information Systems Cybersecurity, Certificate - Paralegal
Dallas County Community College District (Dallas, TX / Lancaster, TX / Mesquite, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Basic Criminal Justice, Certificate - Conflict Management, Certificate - Criminal Forensics, Certificate - Criminal Justice, Continuing Ed. Training - Law Enforcement/Police Academy
Del Mar College (Corpus Christi, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Basic Peace Officer, Certificate - Corrections, Certificate - Crime Scene Technician, Certificate - Information Reporting, In-Service Training - Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection
El Paso Community College (El Paso, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Homeland Security, Certificate - Paralegal Studies
Grayson County College (Denison, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Police Academy
Hill College (Hillsboro, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate of Completion - Chemical Dependency Correctional Counseling, Certificate of Completion - Corrections, Certificate of Completion - Evidence Technology, Certificate of Completion - General Criminal Justice Education
Houston Community College (Houston, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Legal Assisting
Howard College (Big Spring, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Computer Forensics in Criminal Investigations, Certificate - Criminal Justice Technology, Certificate - Digital Forensics Investigations
Iverson Institute (Arlington, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
Jarvis Christian College (Hawkins, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certification - Texas Peace Officer Procedures
Kilgore College (Kilgore, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting/Scopist, Certificate - Court Reporting, Continuing Education Program/Certificate - Police Academy
Kussad Institute of Court Reporting (Austin, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Court Reporting
Lamar State College-Orange (Orange, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Corrections, Certificate - Criminal Justice, Institutional Award - Forensic Science
Lee College (Baytown, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Law Enforcement, Certificate - Paralegal Studies
McLennan Community College (Waco, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Corrections, Certificate - Law Enforcement, Certificate - Pre-Forensic Science
Midland College (Midland, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Law Enforcement, Certificate - Paralegal Studies
Northeast Texas Community College (Mount Pleasant, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - County Corrections, Certificate - Criminal Justice Peace Officer, Certificate - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Law Enforcement
Odessa College (Odessa, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Basic Peace Officer, Certificate - Computer Forensics, Certificate - Law Enforcement
Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Criminal Justice
San Jacinto College (Pasadena, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Corrections, Certificate - Crime Scene Technician, Certificate - Law Enforcement, Licensure - Peace Officer
South Plains College (Levelland, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Paralegal Studies, Certificate of Proficiency - Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate Certificate, Certificate of Proficiency - Emergency Medical Technician Paramedic Certificate, Certificate of Proficiency - Fire Inspector, Certificate of Proficiency - Fire Officer I and II, Certificate of Proficiency - Fire and Arson Investigator, Certificate of Proficiency - Law Enforcement Academy, Enhanced Skills Certificate - Law Enforcement Technology
South Texas College (McAllen, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Legal Office Specialist
Sul Ross State University (Alpine, TX)
Programs Offered:

Professional Training - Basic Police Academy
Tarrant County College (Fort Worth, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Peace Officer, Certificate - Security Management
Temple College (Temple, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Criminal Justice
Texas A&M University Commerce (Commerce, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Criminal Justice Management
Texas State Technical College-Harlingen (Harlingen, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Security Technology
Texas State University-San Marcos (San Marcos, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Paralegal
The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College (Brownsville, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Legal Office Specialist
The University of Texas at El Paso (El Paso, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Intelligence National Security Studies
Trinity Valley Community College (Athens, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement, Certificate - Criminal Justice
Tyler Junior College (Tyler, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate of Completion - Law Enforcement Academy
University of Houston-Downtown (Houston, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Basic Peace Officer Training Academy
Vernon College (Vernon, TX)
Programs Offered:

Certificate - Correctional Officer Training Academy, Certificate - Criminal Justice, Certificate - Law Enforcement Academy
Western Texas College (Snyder, TX)
Programs Offered:

Career Certificate - Criminal Justice, Technical Program Certificate - Criminal Justice


In addition to the campus based programs, there are numerous online programs available for many of the common Criminal Justice degree types (Associate, Bachelors, Masters, PhD) and specialties. Please feel free to use the links on the left-hand side of this page to explore some of the online degree programs available. Thanks for visiting!