Criminal Justice

Undergraduate Certificate in Juvenile Justice


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Prepare for Leadership Roles as a Juvenile Justice Professional

EKU’s online juvenile justice certificate prepares students with the essential knowledge and skills for a successful career as juvenile justice professionals. Students will learn about trends in delinquency, the role of juvenile courts and evidence-based delinquency interventions.

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 juvenile justice.

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 criminal justice graduates are prepared to pursue challenging responsibilities in criminal justice agencies and organizations.

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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

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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 juvenile justice 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 the juvenile justice system, rehabilitation strategies , school-based interventions for at-risk youth, and advanced legal issues in juvenile justice.

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 311 – Juvenile Justice System (3)
Examines the evolution of the juvenile justice system, police response to delinquency, and juvenile court’s roles in protecting the public and serving children.

COR 321 – Delinquency Interventions (3)
Provides in-depth analysis of risk factors for delinquency. Examines effectiveness of individual, school, and family-based interventions in both community and residential settings.

COR 322 – School-Based Interventions for At-Risk Youth (3)
Examines school-based problems and interventions commonly experienced by at-risk youth. Discusses strategies for effective collaboration between schools and other youth-serving organizations.

COR 422 – Advanced Legal Issues in Juvenile Justice (3)
Introduces the major bodies of law that inform juvenile justice practice and examines juvenile’s legal rights.


Lou Martin

Lou Martin

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor Lou Martin for information about the EKU Online Juvenile Justice 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 $258 per credit hour for undergraduate and $335 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.

“I’d like to thank the EKU College of Justice & Safety for the opportunity to complete my degree online. It’s very user-friendly, and everyone has bent over backwards to make this happen.”

– 1LT Heath Bergmann, EKU Online Graduate

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