Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement

Program Type: Face-to-Face, Fully Online
Program Level: Degrees, Online
Department: Public Policy & Service
Institute: Public Service
College: SAC
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What is the Criminal Justice program?

This program provides a basic knowledge of the criminal justice system, including criminal law, policing, court procedures, corrections, protective services and more.

What will I learn?

You’ll learn about the criminal justice system and the various roles within the field. You’ll gain an understanding of criminal law and policing, court procedures, sentencing, prisons, probation and parole, and juvenile justice.

What can I do with this course of study?

This degree can lead to a variety of rewarding, in-demand careers in public safety. You’ll gain exposure to different professions in the criminal justice system, as well as learn directly from professionals in the field.

You’ll be prepared to pursue entry-level careers in law enforcement, policing, security, the legal system, community correctional programs, juvenile justice, child advocacy, protective services and other service agencies. Graduates can also pursue further education, such as a bachelor’s degree, to advance their careers.

What's special about the program?

SAC’s Criminal Justice program includes three different associate of science degrees: Law Enforcement, Law Enforcement Peace Officer Option, and Correctional Science, all of which are available either in-person or fully online. Because faculty interaction directly impacts student success, classes are kept small, with no more than 32 students.

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Credit for Prior Learning

Students who are active/licensed Texas Peace Officers (who completed a TCOLE-certified Peace Officer Program) will receive credit for the 4 CJLE Basic Peace Officer courses (20 hours total) upon completion of 6 hours of criminal justice credits at SAC from the following choices: CRIJ 1310, CRIJ 1306 or CRIJ 1307. The SAC CJLE Basic Peace Officer courses given credit are:

a. CJLE 1506 - Basic Peace Officer I
b. CJLE 1512 - Basic Peace Officer II
c. CJLE 1518 - Basic Peace Officer III
d. CJLE 1524 - Basic Peace Officer IV

Justification for awarding this credit for prior learning is based on the standards established for Peace officer courses credential by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement at

Get tuition exemption on criminal justice courses within a degree plan

Get tuition exemption on criminal justice courses within a degree plan

Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement, Peace Officer Option, A.A.S.:

1) Anyone who has attended and completed a Texas Police Academy can be given up to 20 semester hours of credit, if pursuing this degree. Evidence [copy of Texas Commission On Law Enforcement (TCOLE) peace officer license if peace officer, or certificate for non-peace officers] of completion is required.

2) Active, commissioned police officers (not detention officers) can have the tuition exempted/waived under Texas Senate Bill 1210. Active peace officers must provide a department letter (from a supervisor or Human Resources) disclosing that they are active police officers to take advantage of this.

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Law Enforcement Academy

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Contact Us

Myra Navarro
Program Coordinator
Chance Academic Center (CAC) 216
(210) 486-0539

Dr. Leonard Lira
CAC 238B
(210) 486-1321

Rolando Barrientez
Director, Law Enforcement Academy
First Responders Academy
(210) 486-1692 or (210) 486-0086

Isela S. Argenal
Academic Unit Assistant
CAC 236
(210) 486-1313

Marc S. Martinez

Myra J. Navarro, JD, MSCJ, MSM

Marcus Dlugosz
Administrative Assistant
CAC 238
(210) 486-1315



For Additional Assistance: Call the call center at (210) 212-5266.