The key to a successful career in criminal justice is a solid combination of education and experience. Coursework combined with direct field experience will help to provide you with the knowledge, skills and attitude you need to be an effective professional. Field placements in the final three terms of the program encourage you to integrate theory and practice. You are supervised by program faculty and experienced professional mentors working in the field of corrections and criminal justice, many of whom are graduates of the Correctional Services program.
As a field placement student you will have the opportunity to work with youth and adults in a variety of corrections/criminal justice setting including correctional centres and prisons, group home and halfway houses and community agencies such as probation and parole offices. A willingness to work with a diverse clientele and the ability to adapt to new environments are key qualities required to become a competent professional. Many Correctional Services program graduates obtain professional references and even employment opportunities through their field placement experiences.
Field Placement for Distance Students
Once you have been accepted into the distance program and have completed a minimum of five Correctional Services program core courses, you may apply to complete the Field Placement and Integration Seminar courses. The distance learning coordinator arranges placements and you will usually complete these in the spring/summer terms. You can complete the placement in your home area, whether in Edmonton, or elsewhere in Alberta or Canada.
Prior Learning Assessment
At the discretion of the program chair, you may be considered for advanced standing for field placement/integration seminar courses if you have completed a full year (1800 hrs) of substantive, approved human services experience (paid or volunteer). Relevant work/volunteer experience is assessed only after admission.