Criminal Justice

  • Criminal Justice Student dusting a jar for fingerprints
  • Criminal Justice Student is examining the lifted fingerprint
  • Criminal Justice Students demonstrate with Crime Scene Tape.

The Criminal Justice program at North Central Texas College prepares students for employment in the fields of law enforcement, corrections, probation/parole, forensics and investigation. The specialized training fosters critical thinking and exception communication skills, both written and verbal. In addition, the student will also learn how to conduct themselves professionally, ethically, and respectfully toward people of diverse cultures, customs, and beliefs in stressful situations.

Certificate & Degree Requirements

Career Opportunities


  • Correctional Treatment Specialist
  • Corrections Counselor
  • Corrections Officer
  • Parole Officer
  • Pre-Release Program Correctional Counselor
  • Pre-Release Program Employment Counselor
  • Pre-Release Program Halfway House Manager
  • Probation Officer
  • Juvenile Probation Officer

The Court

  • Attorney/Lawyer
  • Bailiff
  • Court Administrator
  • Court Clerk
  • Court Liaison Counselor
  • Court Report (Short-Hand Reporter)
  • Court Representative
  • Domestic Violence Counselor

Forensic Science/Criminalistics

  • Ballistics Specialists
  • Fingerprint Specialist
  • Document Specialist
  • Toolmark Specialist
  • Arson Specialist
  • Polygraph Specialist
  • Serology Specialist

Law Enforcement

  • Air Safety Investigator
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Inspector

Private Security

  • Administrator/Manager
  • Investigator
  • Technician
  • Protective Specialist

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to earn this degree? add

The certificate in Criminal Justice is designed to be completed in one year while the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and the Associate of Arts (AA) degrees are set to conclude in two years. Students, however, may set their own pace.

Is financial aid available for this degree? add

NCTC believes that all students should have the opportunity to pursue higher education. The Financial Aid Office will help you when apply for aid. For more information, call 940-668-4242, visit Financial Aid, or drop by the Financial Aid Office on any of NCTC's five campuses.

Apply for Financial Aid

Who may I contact for more information? add

Dr. Cherly Furdge
Division Chair Public Administration & Management
Corinth Campus
(940) 498-6238