Criminal Justice

Undergraduate Certificate in Correctional Intervention Strategies


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EKU Online > Online Criminal Justice Degrees & Certificates > Undergraduate Certificate in Correctional Intervention Strategies

Give Yourself A Competitive Edge and Make Your Mark in Adult Corrections

EKU’s online correctional intervention strategies certificate prepares students to identify and address contemporary issues in adult corrections, including mass incarceration, offender reentry and evidence-based practices in offender rehabilitation. 

A certificate is a great option for students who are just beginning their education and want to explore the curriculum and the field before committing to a bachelor’s degree.  It is also a good option for students who have earned, or are currently working toward, a bachelor’s degree in another area of study who want to apply their education to the field of corrections.

Career Outlook

The criminal justice system employs nearly two million people across the nation and offers a variety of career opportunities. These opportunities include corrections, law enforcement, the court system, probation and parole.

Common Job Titles for Criminal Justice Graduates

Criminal justice is a dynamic, multidisciplinary field of study that prepares students for a wide range of career options.

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Job Titles Include:

  • Correctional officer
  • Victims advocate
  • Court administrator
  • Border patrol agent
  • Treatment specialist


Where Have EKU Criminal Justice Graduates Worked?

EKU’s criminal justice program combines the professional skills of specialized areas of criminal justice with the analytical skills needed to help you enhance your qualifications.

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Employers Include:

  • Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport Police Department
  • Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Lake Cumberland Youth Development Center

EKU Online Career Services

The EKU Office of Academic and Career Services is a one-stop shop for all of your career and professional development needs.

Services include:

  • Creating/Updating Your Resume and Cover Letter
  • Interviewing Tips and Coaching
  • Career Documents Review
  • Job Search

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Benefits of EKU Online

EKU’s online correctional intervention strategies certificate focuses on offender rehabilitation and community-based programs. Students are prepared to make a meaningful impact in offender treatment and prison administration. EKU’s real-world approach provides a practical education and opens the door to a variety of rewarding career opportunities.

  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • No campus visits required
  • Free online tutoring and career services assistance
  • No application fee
  • Free textbooks through EKU BookSmart
  • Courses begin 6 times per year
  • Generous credit transfer policy
  • Reduced tuition for active duty service members and their spouses
  • Law enforcement officers that have completed Kentucky’s DOCJT training can receive 9 hours of college credit
  • Personal advisors stay with you from application to graduation
  • Study anytime, from anywhere
  • Dynamic, supportive learning environment


Focusing on rehabilitation and evidence-based practices, EKU blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as rehabilitation strategies for adults and juvenile offenders, community corrections, the juvenile justice system, criminal justice, ethics, and perspectives on crime and delinquency.

Degree Requirements

A total of 18 credits are required to graduate.

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Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Sample Courses

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the University undergraduate catalog.

COR 201 – Introduction to Corrections (3)
Introduction to historical, philosophical, and operational frameworks of US corrections. Debates the goals of punishment and explores institutional and community based sentencing options.

COR 302 – Living and Working in Prison (3)
Examines inmate subcultures and violence in prisons. Analyzes prison environment for correctional officers. Explores life behind bars/offender difficulties in reentering society.

COR 303 – The Offender in the Community (3)
Explores impact offenders have on community. Examines formal correctional options and alternative methods of social control used to manage offenders in community.

COR 360 – Rehabilitation Strategies for Adult and Juvenile Offenders (3)
Debates the rehabilitative goal of corrections and juvenile justice. Examines contemporary strategies and their effectiveness in controlling/changing offender behavior.


Lou Martin

Lou Martin

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor Lou Martin for information about the EKU Online Correctional Intervention Certificate program.

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Application Deadlines

Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A July 5 August
Fall B August 31 October
Spring A November 30 January
Spring B January 31 March
Summer A April 5 May
Summer B  May 31 June

Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Big E Central (Financial Aid & Student Account Services): 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345

Student Success

When you talk about a criminal justice program, almost immediately EKU is at the top of the list. And that’s nationwide. The professors and my classmates are so supportive. You feel like you’re set up for success from day one.

Dominique BlessinEKU Online Criminal Justice Student

Online Military Students

EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience and flexibility.

Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $250 per credit hour for undergraduate and $325 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.

*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.

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