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Correctional Studies

Diploma

Program Overview

Consider the benefits of a career in corrections. One, you’re helping offenders make positive changes in their lives. Two, you’re helping make our communities safer. Three, you’re earning a great salary. Four, your skills are in demand.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Correctional Studies program will get you started in a law enforcement career in just two years. Our graduates are working in correctional institutions, youth facilities, healing lodges, drug treatment centres and community-based justice programs.

Correctional Studies is a two-year diploma program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Prince Albert.

We emphasize a hands-on approach to learning, so you’ll get both correctional theory and practical skills. You’ll learn from instructors who have experience working in the justice system. They’ll guide you in:

  • criminology and criminal justice system
  • case management, communication and problem-solving skills
  • ethics and professionalism in corrections
  • managing conflict, aggression and violence
  • the role of community corrections, youth justice initiatives, restorative justice
  • suicide intervention and prevention techniques
  • working with offenders from diverse cultural backgrounds
  • the importance of healthy lifestyles, teamwork and workplace wellness

What’s the Job Really Like?

A key focus of your program is the work experience. You’ll get a taste of corrections work in different settings—one of your work experiences will be in a federal/provincial correctional institution, the other will be with an agency or community-based program. It’s an opportunity to explore your interests and to see which environment suits you best.

2 More Years to a Degree

Use your diploma to get a head start on a degree. With just two more years, you can earn a degree from Husson University/University of Fredericton in New Brunswick, Lethbridge College in Alberta, Royal Roads University in B.C., or the University of Regina. A university degree can open the door to career advancement in parole and community-based services.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

When you graduate, you’re prepared for entry-level jobs in a variety of settings. Because our program is delivered in partnership with federal and provincial agencies, you’ll be eligible for entry-level jobs in federal or provincial correctional institutions. You could also work in a youth facility, healing lodge, halfway house, drug treatment centre, probation/parole office, community-based justice program or with a private security company.

For more information, contact the Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus nearest you.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Correctional Services OfficerCorrectional Services Officers (6462)$32,900 - $72,100
Security GuardSecurity Guards and Related Occupations (6651)$22,900 - $47,900

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 64 weeks: 

Year 1 - 32 weeks; Year 2 - 32 weeks

Locations

  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert campus

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Note

  • Standard First Aid and CPR HeartSaver " C" AED or equivalent are required for occupational and/or clinical placement.
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check for access to correctional facilities for tours and prior to entering the practicum component of the program. At the discretion of the practicum agency, you may be declined access to a clinical or work placement based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check. The cost of the Criminal Record Check is your responsibility.
  • If you have a criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted, you may be unable to complete the program.
  • Accepted applicants will be asked to complete a security clearance form prior to the start of the program. At the discretion of the correctional facility/agency, you may be denied access to a tour or work placement based on the results of the completed security clearance check. Students who do not have an acceptable security clearance may be unable to complete the following courses: CORR 175 (Introduction to Corrections), CORR 240 (Institutional Corrections), CORR 242 (Elements of Security), CORR 243 (Major Incidents), WORK 123 (Corrections Institutional Work Experience), WORK 124 (Corrections Work Experience). You must complete these courses to graduate from the program.

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

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Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

Year 1 - $6,300
Year 2 - $4,200

International Students

Prince Albert

Year 1 (32 weeks) - $12,700 tuition only (estimated)

Year 2 (32 weeks) - $10,300 tuition only (estimated)

Courses

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Year 1 - Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CLTR 120
Diversity
3
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You will examine the elements of cultural diversity in the workplace. You will examine perspectives of personal, historical and cultural backgrounds of yourself and others. You will also examine racism and issues of power.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): SOCI 170
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
COMM 112
Interpersonal Communication
3
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You will focus on developing basic communication skills including effective listening and responding skills, trust building, verbal and nonverbal communication. You will also examine the role of self concept in effective communication.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 107, COMM 291, COMM 296, HUMR 186
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
COMM 119
Writing Skills
3
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You will practice a variety of written communication styles. You will receive information on basic grammar and the mechanics of writing. You will do research and create a research essay. Additionally you will develop a professional portfolio.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 295
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
COMM 224
Presentation Skills
2
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You will learn the basics of effective presentation skills and have the opportunity to deliver a presentation.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
COMM 227
Interviewing
2
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You will review and apply the skills necessary to conduct effective interviews in law enforcement settings.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
CORR 167
Criminal Justice System
3
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You will examine the components of the criminal justice system. You will examine how the components work together to respond to crime and crime control.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Print Distance Group
CORR 175
Introduction to Corrections
3
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You will be introduced to the organizational structures of federal and provincial correctional systems. You will study the historical development of prisons in Canada. In this course you will also have an opportunity to tour federal and provincial correctional institutions.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
LAW 162
Criminal Law
3
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You will examine the Criminal Code and its relationship to selected criminal offenses and cases. You will also examine elements of a crime, pre-trial criminal procedures and the significance of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms as it impacts on criminal law.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab
PERS 101
Personal Wellness 1
3
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You will examine various aspects of personal wellness with an emphasis on and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. You will follow a fitness routine to meet the physical demands to work in a law enforcement environment.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
SPSY 124
Professionalism and Ethics in Corrections
3
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You will examine the roles of values clarification and morals in the field of corrections. You will apply these skills as they apply to professionalism and ethics in the workplace. You will examine the concepts of respectful communication in a workplace setting.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Equivalent Course(s): SPSY 184
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab

Year 1 - Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CORR 134
Abnormal Behaviour
4
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You will compare general information on abnormal behavior to the theories on the causes of abnormal behavior and explore current treatment options.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study
CORR 135
Criminology
3
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You will describe current theories of crime, identify types of crime and analyze various methods of social control.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab
CORR 176
Youth Justice
2
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You will review young offender legislation and examine Saskatchewan's model for managing young offenders. You will discuss trends in approaches to youth justice and also examine specific programs delivered in Saskatchewan.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
CORR 177
Women in Corrections
3
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You will explore the historical roots of incarcerated women in Canada. Your studies will include studying gender issues in correctional programming, institutional initiatives for female offenders, and gender issues for female correctional staff.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
CORR 188
Offender Programming
3
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You will review offender programming initiatives in correctional and community settings. You will be able to identify social learning tools as well as the objective and goals of offender programs.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
HLTH 120
Communicable Diseases
2
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You will examine the profiles of common communicable diseases both in the community and in institutional settings. You will practice specific prevention strategies.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 28.0
Equivalent Course(s): SPCR 180
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
HUMD 142
Lifespan Issues
2
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You will examine human development across the lifespan. Your studies will focus on developmental factors throughout a person's life that impact on the choices that they make.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): HUMD 280
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
LEGL 161
Restorative Justice
2
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You will examine the concept of restorative justice and explore the current initiatives provincially, nationally and internationally.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): LEGL 141
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
NAST 120
Aboriginal Studies
3
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You will explore elements of First Nations culture with a view to understanding both historical elements and contemporary issues in Canada. You will also examine information on the residential school system, the struggle of the Metis for legal and cultural recognition and Aboriginal cultural practices.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): YCW 189
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Lecture/Theory
PERS 102
Personal Wellness 2
3
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You will examine various aspects of personal wellness with an emphasis on nutrition and stress management. You will follow a fitness routine to meet the physical demands to work in a law enforcement environment.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
SPSY 123
Suicide Intervention
1
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You will examine suicide in the institutional setting and suicide risk assessment tools. You will learn suicide prevention techniques by completing the Living Works Program.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 16.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory

Year 2 - Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CORR 183
Correctional Reporting Procedures
3
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You will develop observational skills which support the objectives of the offender disciplinary process. Based on these acquired skills, you will write reports common to federal and provincial corrections. You will also link information in institutional reports to the delivery of testimony in both institutional and open court systems.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
CORR 184
Introduction to Case Management
2
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You will examine the federal and provincial case management process from sentencing to the development of initial case plans.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Lecture/Lab
CORR 189
Charter and Policy
1
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You will review legislative and policy directives that impact on the administration of security within institutions. The rights of inmates will be examined along with Institutional policies that govern a correctional officer’s daily duties and an inmate’s rights.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 18.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
CORR 190
Elements of Security
3
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You will examine the elements of security as they relate to the front line correctional officer. You will define and identify various types of contraband found in correctional institutions as well as the protocol for gathering and preserving contraband as evidence. You will analyze the Situation Management Model, the Use of Force Management Model and the RCMP Community Policing Problem Solving Model CAPRA (Clients Acquire/Analyze information, Partnership, Response, Assessment of Action) as a means of managing response options in relation to institutional emergencies and offender behavior. You will also receive hands-on instruction in the application of searching techniques involving offender-occupied areas.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
CORR 191
Offender Control
2
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You will receive hands-on instruction in the application of restraint equipment, and the procedural applications of searching clothed and unclothed offenders.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
CORR 240
Institutional Corrections
3
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You will study the various offender subcultures and the effect that prison gangs have on institutional operations. You will analyze how offenders set up staff members in an institutional setting and practice responding accordingly. You will also review legislative and policy directives that impact on the administration of security within institutions. You will also examine inmates¿ rights and redress.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
CORR 241
Security Foundations
2
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You will examine the basic foundations of providing security in an institutional setting. You will learn the primary role of the correctional officer in providing care, custody and control of offenders. You will also study the concepts of dynamic and static security and individual security features that provide safety to the public, staff and offenders in institutional settings.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 24.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab, Independent Study
CORR 245
Job Preparation
2
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You will develop skills that allow you to successfully compete for jobs in the field of corrections and other related law enforcement careers.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): COMM 119
Equivalent Course(s): LEGL 143
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab

Year 2 - Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COMM 202
Conflict Resolution Strategies
3
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You will develop assertiveness skills and apply them to situations requiring problem solving and conflict resolution.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
CORR 179
Offender Supervision
2
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You will gain an understanding of offender typologies and develop specific skills for supervising inmates. You will learn institutional polices relating to offender management and apply supervisory skills in a variety of situations.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 28.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
CORR 192
Violent Offenders
3
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You will identify violent and sexual offender typologies and discuss the theoretical explanations for violence and sadism. You will examine how Dangerous Offenders and Long Term Supervision Orders are determined by the court. You will also examine intervention strategies for violent and sexual offenders both in the institution and the community.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
CORR 193
Institutional and Community Case Management
2
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You will examine the process by which offender progress is monitored in federal and provincial institutions. Specific emphasis will be placed on the case planning required to prepare offenders for reintegration back into the community. You will discuss the conditional release process and the intervention strategies utilized in community release plans.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
CORR 243
Major Incidents
2
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You will examine indicators that contribute to disturbances and major incidents that occur in prisons. You will be introduced to the Crisis Management process as a means of address in various disturbances and major incidents. You will further examine contingency plans, procedural policies and resource teams related to responding to institutional emergencies.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 24.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
EMPS 240
Workplace Wellness
3
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You will examine various topics and practices relating to maintaining workplace safety in a correctional work environment. You will follow a fitness routine in preparation for the physical demands of working in a correctional environment.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
SPSY 121
Addictions
3
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You will examine the nature of addictions and the various treatment options available both in institutions and the community.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Prerequisites(s): COMM 112, CORR 134
Equivalent Course(s): YCW 284
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
SPSY 125
Mental Health Strategies
2
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You will learn how to respond appropriately to individuals exhibiting signs and symptoms of mental illness.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 25.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
SPSY 241
Family Violence
2
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You will study the cycle of violence in a family setting. You will apply this knowledge to understanding the perpetrator and the victim when planning interventions. You will explore victim and offender treatment programs available in the institution and the community.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 24.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab

Year 2 - Semester 5

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
WORK 123
Institutional Corrections Work Experience
0
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You will participate in a work experience in a provincial correctional centre or a federal penitentiary where you will demonstrate correction officer core competencies. Your work experience will provide you with the opportunity to practice and refine your skills.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 160.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Work Experience - Group, Work Experience -Individual
WORK 124
Correctional Work Experience
0
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You will participate in a work experience in a correctional program where you will demonstrate on-the-job corrections worker skills. Your work experience will provide you with the opportunity to practice and refine your skills in a corrections setting with serving offenders.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 160.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Work Experience - Group, Work Experience -Individual

There is no sequence to completing WORK 123 and WORK 124; however, you must successfully complete:

  • all year one course work prior to starting your first work experience.
  • all your course work and your first work experience in order to be considered for your second work experience.

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 


Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:

  • course transfers to Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Youth Care Worker certificate and diploma programs
  • block transfer of 60 credits to the Applied Criminal Justice degree program, Athabasca University
  • course transfers to the Human Justice degree program, Lethbridge Community College and the University of Regina

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