Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
Associate Degree in Applied Science
The Criminal Justice associate degree program provides the academic and professional training necessary to prepare for a career in law enforcement, probation and parole, corrections, warden, and juvenile justice related careers. The program includes courses that:
- Explore current topics like human trafficking, mass, spree and serial killers, and contemporary controversies around the administration of the death penalty.
- Examine the evolution of forensic science and community policing
- Study juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice.
- Explain the legal foundation of interviewing and interrogation.
Positions in the Criminal Justice fields often require a background investigation, psychological testing and drug testing. An applicant for employment as a law enforcement officer or to enter the Law Enforcement Academy must possess either a two-year associate degree from a Wisconsin technical college or its accredited equivalent from another state or a minimum of 60 fully accredited college-level credits.
Students in the Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Program can attend full or part-time.
Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:
- Madison - Truax
- Madison - South
- Fort Atkinson
Some of the courses for this program may be available online.
- View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.
- Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
- Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC.
Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2017-2018 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.
Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:
- Progress toward your specific requirements
- Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements
If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.10-504-1703 credits10-504-9003 credits10-801-1953 credits10-804-1073 credits10-809-1993 credits10-890-1011 credits10-504-1713 credits10-504-9023 credits10-504-9043 credits10-801-1963 credits10-809-1223 credits10-809-1973 credits10-504-1031 credits10-504-9013 credits10-504-9053 credits10-504-9063 credits10-504-9083 credits10-531-1502 creditsElective3 Credits10-504-1433 credits10-504-1523 credits10-504-9033 credits10-504-9073 credits10-809-1723 creditsElective3 Credits
After completing the Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to demonstrate:
Communicate clearly and effectively both verbally and through written documentation with clients, coworkers, other agencies and supervisors, by demonstrating listening skills, effective report writing, appropriate interview techniques, testifying in court and displaying sensitivity to diverse cultures and individuals.
Demonstrate community resource skills including, but not limited to, conflict resolution, media relations, media communications, safety instruction; and referrals to, assistance and/or collaboration with other public agencies.
Demonstrate desirable professional abilities including self-motivation, self-awareness, cooperative work and group facilitation skills.
Apply critical thinking skills for appropriate law enforcement decision-making.
Legal Studies and Skills
Use legal knowledge to enforce, interpret, and apply laws.
Demonstrate appropriate technical skills in communication, observation, investigation, evaluation, and basic safety assistance in law enforcement situations.
Aware of appropriate procedures for crisis management and dispute resolution.
Exhibit appropriate professional standards through the demonstration of personal ethics, leadership, stress management, professional growth through continuing education, and adherence to "chain of command."
Associate degree graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of law enforcement including:
- Law Enforcement Officers
In city, county, state and federal law enforcement departments.
- Private Security Officers
- Correctional Officers
- Juvenile Detention Workers
With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:
- Probation and Parole Officers
Criminal Justice Jobs
- Wisconsin Law Enforcement Network
- International Association of Chiefs of Police
- Law Enforcement Recruiting Directory
- Public Safety Jobs
- 911 Hot Jobs
- UW-Platteville Criminal Justice Job Vacancies
- Security Jobs Network
- Jobs 4 Police
- The Blue Line: Police Opportunity Monitor
- USA Cops: The Nation’s Law Enforcement Site
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2016 2017 2018 Number of Program Graduates 71 35 51 Number of Surveys Sent 71 34 49 Number of Surveys Returned 48 16 20 Percent of Surveys Returned 67.60% 47.10% 40.80% Available for Employment 44 14 18 Percent Available for Employment 91.70% 87.50% 90.00% Not in Labor Market 4 2 2 Percent Not in Labor Market 8.30% 12.50% 10.00% Available for Employment
2016 2017 2018 Graduates Employed 40 10 17 Percent of Graduates Employed 90.90% 71.40% 94.40% Employed in Related Occupation 21 7 7 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 52.50% 70.00% 41.20% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 19 3 10 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 47.50% 30.00% 58.80% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 4 4 1 Percent Seeking Employment 9.10% 28.60% 5.60% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2016 2017 2018 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.4 3.6 3.5 Number of Satisfaction Responses 48 16 19 Very Satisfied 21 10 11 Percent Very Satisfied 43.80% 62.50% 57.90% Satisfied 26 6 7 Percent Satisfied 54.20% 37.50% 36.80% Unsatisfied 0 0 0 Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Very Unsatisfied 1 0 1 Percent Very Unsatisfied 2.10% 0.00% 5.30% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2016 2017 2018 Number of Primary Reason Responses 48 16 19 Preparation for Getting a Job 27 7 12 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 56.30% 43.80% 63.20% Career Change 6 6 4 Percent Career Change 12.50% 37.50% 21.10% Improvement of Existing Skills 2 2 0 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 4.20% 12.50% 0.00% Preparation for Further Education 10 1 3 Percent Preparation for Further Education 20.80% 6.30% 15.80% Personal Interest 3 0 0 Percent Personal Interest 6.30% 0.00% 0.00% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2016 2017 2018 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 40 10 14 Before Enrollment 12 3 2 Percent Before Enrollment 30.00% 30.00% 14.30% While Attending the College 9 2 5 Percent While Attending the College 22.50% 20.00% 35.70% After Training at the College 19 5 7 Percent After Training at the College 47.50% 50.00% 50.00% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2016 2017 2018 Number of Employment Location Responses 40 10 18 In College District 29 7 12 Percent In College District 72.50% 70.00% 66.70% In Wisconsin, Not in District 5 2 4 Percent of In Wisconsin 12.50% 20.00% 22.20% Outside of Wisconsin 1 1 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 2.50% 10.00% 0.00% Employer Location Unknown 5 0 2 Percent Location Unknown 12.50% 0.00% 11.10% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 15 5 6 Average Monthly Wage $3,276 $4,362 $3,864 Average Hourly Wage $19.05 $25.36 $22.47 Average Work Hours per Week 40.9 43 47.1 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 2 1 Average Hourly Wage $11.20 $15.00 Average Work Hours per Week 28 16
Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018 Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison Number of Full Time Positions Open 3 2 Number of Part Time Positions Open 0 1 Total Jobs 3 3 Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018 Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions Columbia County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sheriff Portage Iowa County Sheriff's Dept Correctional Officer Dodgeville Jefferson County Sheriff's Dept Deputy Sheriff Jefferson Rock County Sheriff's Dept Correctional Officer Janesville UW - Madison Police Dept Security Officer Waunakee Police Dept Police Officer Waunakee
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Uniform Requirement - Spring 2019
The following uniform requirement is for all students enrolled in the Criminal Justice Program and attending criminal justice classes in Madison.
- The required uniform is a navy blue polo shirt with program logo or Criminal Justice Association-issued polo, uniform or dress pants, black belt and a closed toe black work shoe/boot. This uniform will be worn for all criminal justice class sessions. All uniforms will be worn correctly - no alterations are acceptable.
- Students may choose to wear a black or dark blue long sleeve t-shirt or turtle neck under their uniform shirts when appropriate due to weather conditions. All shirts worn must be tucked in at all times.
- Denim jeans are not permitted.
Fall 2019 the Criminal Justice Program will not have a uniform requirement.