Criminal Justice

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About the Program:

Criminal Justice I

2 semesters – 3 periods
Grades Eligible: 11, 12

This course will provide students with knowledge in the field of law enforcement, forensics, and various other careers within the criminal justice field. The criminal justice class will also prepare students for continuing education and ultimately, employment in a related field.

This course is to acquaint the student with historical perspectives of law enforcement and a variety of criminal justice career fields including, but not limited to: Crime Scene Investigation, Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Court/Juvenile Studies.  In addition, the standards that make up the Missouri Peace Officers Standards of Training Program (P.O.S.T.) are integrated within the course.  Content may include the discussion and viewing of some of man’s worst crimes.  All are significant and vital to our past, present, and future in the investigation and prosecution of such crimes.  The goal is to become increasingly aware of the social forces that shape our lives and gain insight into the many different aspects of law enforcement and how they influence society’s views and opinions on how we deal with and handle the crimes of man.

Criminal Justice II

2 semesters – 3 periods
Grades Eligible: 12

The goal of Criminal Justice II is to prepare students for career paths in law enforcement, corrections, communications, or a court position. This second year of the Criminal Justice program will provide students with more in-depth hands-on knowledge and experience in the field of law enforcement, forensics, and various other careers in the criminal justice field. During the second year, students will be setting up and working their crime scenes, using the simulator at higher degrees of difficulty, conducting mock vehicle stops, and honing their communication skills to allow them to talk with anyone they will come in contact with within the criminal justice field. Eligible students will have the opportunity to participate in an internship with a local business related to the criminal justice field during the second semester. Students who complete the requirements of the course will graduate with certifications in Corrections, Communications, and CPR.

How to Apply:

High School Students:

-Contact your school's guidance counselor.   

-Prerequisites may apply.

Class Schedule:

August-May (Following the Cape Girardeau Public Schools Calendar)


The morning block schedule is from 8:25 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.
The afternoon block schedule is from 12:05 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

For more information, call 573.334.0826 and speak to one of our advisors.

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