Criminal Justice

Undergraduate Certificate in Youth Services

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Prepare for Leadership Roles as a Juvenile Justice Professional

EKU’s online youth services 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.

Program At-A-Glance

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Benefits
Careers

Benefits of EKU Online

EKU’s online youth services 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 for undergraduate students
  • Courses begin 6 times per year
  • Generous credit transfer policy
  • Reduced tuition for active duty service members
  • 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

Careers

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. 

Job opportunities include:

  • Correctional officer
  • Corrections administrator
  • Detention officer
  • Probation officer
  • Parole officer
  • Treatment specialist
  • Jailer
  • Bailiff
  • Caseworker or counselor
  • Substance abuse specialist
  • Delinquency prevention specialist
  • Policy analyst
  • Program evaluator
Find your career

Curriculum

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 24 credits are required to graduate. Complete degree requirement information about the the youth services certificate is available in the University undergraduate catalog.

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 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.

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.

Enrollment

Jordan Tayce

Jordan Tayce

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor Jordan Tayce for information about the EKU Online Youth Services Certificate program.

Contact Info:
859-622-7964
Jordan.Tayce@eku.edu

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
Financial Aid Office: 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345
Student Account Services: 859-622-1232

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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