Faculty of Health and Community Studies
Department of Public Safety and Justice Studies
The Correctional Services diploma prepares graduates to work in a variety of positions in corrections and criminal justice fields including community agencies, correctional institutions, residential settings, restorative justice and related human service careers. Graduates work with adults and youth in conflict with the law, or who are at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system. The program provides theoretical knowledge, skill development and practical experience for the entry-level corrections and criminal justice professional.
The Correctional Services program stresses the dual yet inseparable function of the criminal justice system: protection of the public and providing assistance to offenders to become law abiding citizens. Students acquire essential skills and knowledge about the criminal justice system as well as professional practice information and expertise.
The first year provides a number of foundation courses concentrating on self-awareness, criminological theory and knowledge of the criminal justice system. Introduction to field placement provides an opportunity for students to acquire practice competencies including professionalism, crisis intervention, security procedures and suicide prevention.
The second year concentrates on skill development such as counselling strategies, case management, risk/needs assessment, documentation and working with special offender populations. Field placement provides students with the practical, first-hand experience in the field of corrections and criminal justice with the expectation that students apply the knowledge and skills discussed in the classroom.
Graduates are employed by both the provincial and federal governments and non-profit agencies. Graduates obtain employment as probation officers, youth workers, behavioural counsellors, correctional officers, case workers, police officers, and other related criminal justice positions. Many graduates eventually move into administrative and managerial positions in corrections and criminal justice agencies. Program graduates establish a network of career contacts through field placement and classroom activities. Graduates apply directly to corrections and/or criminal justice or related agencies and must demonstrate they meet the minimum position requirements. Shift work is often required, and many entry positions recruit through casual or wage employment.
MacEwan University is committed to providing bridging and laddering opportunities to its certificate and diploma graduates. Graduates of this program are eligible to transfer up to 42 credits to MacEwan University’s Bachelor of Arts degree or up to 60 credits to the Bachelor of Applied Human Service Administration.
All courses completed for the Correctional Services diploma are credit courses and may be transferable individually toward further study at other Alberta institutions. Students presenting a completed diploma in this program are eligible to block transfer to a number of colleges and universities in Alberta:
- Athabasca University: 60 credits (two years) towards the Bachelor of Professional Arts in Criminal Justice degree or the Bachelor of Professional Arts in Human Services
- Lethbridge College: 60 credits (two years) towards the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Correctional Studies
- Mount Royal University: approximately 30 credits towards the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
- University of Alberta: Up to 30 units of course weight in the Faculty of Arts
For current, detailed information on individual course and diploma transferability, refer to the Online Alberta Transfer Guide (www.transferalberta.ca) or contact the receiving institution directly.
Students presenting a completed diploma in this program are eligible to block transfer to a number of colleges and universities outside of Alberta:
- Royal Roads University (British Columbia): 60 credits (two years) towards a Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies
- University of Great Falls (Montana): 60 credits (two years) towards a Bachelor of Arts or Science in Criminal Justice degree
For more information on these study options outside of Alberta, contact an advisor in the Correctional Services program.
Categories of Admission
Applicants may be admitted to one of the following:
To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar
Applicants must have an Alberta high school diploma (or equivalent) and be 18 years of age by the beginning of the second term. Applicants must have a minimum overall average of 65 percent, with no course grade lower than 50 percent, in the following high school courses:
- ELA 30-1 or ELA 30-2
- Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2
- One subject from Group A, B, C, or D
Applicants with nine or more post-secondary credits must also present a minimum Admission Grade Point Average (AGPA) of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Additional Admission Criteria
All applicants must meet the following:
1. English Language Proficiency
To be evaluated through the Office of the University Registrar
Applicable to All Admission Categories
All applicants must meet an acceptable level of English language proficiency. We will require official documents such as high school or post-secondary transcripts or proof of successful completion of standardized language evaluation. Full details are available in MacEwan University’s academic calendar or online at MacEwan.ca/ELP.
2. Other Admission Criteria
To be evaluated through the Program
Applicable to All Admission Categories
Applicants offered admission must present a clear Police Information Check (or equivalent from another policing agency) that includes a Vulnerable Sector Search. The Police Information Check must be submitted by the published document deadline and have been issued within three months of the start of the program intake term.
The Department of Public Safety and Justice Studies at MacEwan University is committed to principles of equity and diversity. The Department supports equitable representation of groups underrepresented in public safety and justice professions and has reserved up to 10% of admission spaces in each program as equity admission spaces for applicants who self-identify as Aboriginal. Aboriginal peoples of Canada are defined in the Constitution Act, 1982, Section 35 (2) as including the Indian, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada.
In order to be considered for admission under the Equity Admission criteria, candidates must still meet the minimum admission criteria for the program option to which they apply.
|CORR 100||Human Relations||3|
|CORR 102||Foundations of Criminal Law||3|
|CORR 104||Criminal Justice System||3|
|SOCI 100||Introductory Sociology||3|
|CORR 110||Introductory Criminology||3|
|CORR 112||Correctional Interviewing||3|
|CORR 114||Introduction to Field Placement||2|
|CORR 118||Introduction to Corrections||3|
|CORR 120||Restorative Justice||3|
|CORR 206||Addiction in the Criminal Justice System||2|
|CORR 116||Integration Seminar I||1|
|CORR 212||Correctional Counselling||4|
|CORR 214||Field Placement I||4|
|CORR 218||Youth and Crime||3|
|PSYC 105||Introductory Psychology II||3|
|CORR 202||Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice||3|
|CORR 208||Selected Issues||3|
|CORR 210||Correctional Methods and Practice||3|
|CORR 216||Integration Seminar II||1|
|CORR 224||Field Placement II||4|
The minimum passing grade for a course at MacEwan University is a D unless otherwise noted next to the appropriate course in the program of study
|Credit Earned in:||May Be Substituted for Credit in Program Course:|
|CORR 108||CORR 118|
|CYCW 101||CORR 112|
|CYCW 203||CORR 214|
|ENGL 100||ENGL 111|
|ENGL 101||ENGL 111|
|ENGL 102||ENGL 111|
|ENGL 103||ENGL 111|
|ENGL 105||ENGL 111|
|ENGL 108||ENGL 111|
|INTD 105||CORR 100|
|MHST 101||CORR 100|
|MHST 123||CORR 112|
|MHST 204||CORR 206|
|PSSC 121||CORR 104|
|PSSC 141||CORR 100|
|PSSC 272||CORR 214|
|RPPR 103||CORR 100|
|SOCI 225||CORR 110|
|SOCI 321||CORR 218|
|SOCI 327||CORR 104|
|SOWK 102||CORR 100|
|SOWK 110||CORR 112|
|SOWK 115||CORR 214|
|SOWK 205||CORR 224|
Students admitted to this program are presumed to be capable of fulfilling the academic requirements of their program with, if applicable, provision of reasonable accommodation. The reasonable accommodation of students with disabilities shall not require the University to lower its standards, academic or otherwise, nor shall it relieve a student of the responsibility to develop and demonstrate the essential skills and competencies expected of all students pursuing this program (policy E3400, Students with Disabilities).
Regulations Governing Field Placement (Work Integrated Learning)
Students must achieve satisfactory performance in all field placement courses in accordance with the course learning outcomes and grading criteria. Field placement hours may include days, evenings and weekends. Students are required to arrange their own transportation for required field placement activities and any costs incurred for meals, travel and accommodation are the student’s responsibility. Students will require daily access to a vehicle for any practice experience not accessible through public transportation. Required field placements will generally be within a 150 kilometer radius of the MacEwan University site.
Students cannot be in attendance at field placement agencies as a MacEwan University student except at times and locations authorized by the field placement course instructor for the course in which the student is currently enrolled. Students must comply with policy C2060 Work Integrated Learning regarding field placements. Students must have completed all prerequisite courses as well as all program and agency specific requirements prior to the start of any field placement course. In accordance with policy C2060 Work Integrated Learning, the University reserves the right, at any point during a field placement, to remove a student from the placement for serious performance issues (i.e., engaging in behaviour that places a client and/or others at risk or that is contrary to the professional or safety requirements of the placement). In such cases and with the concurrence of the Dean, the student will be assigned a grade of F in the course. Although this decision may be appealed according to policy E3103 Student Appeals, the student will not be permitted to remain in the field placement during the appeal.
Program Graduation Regulations
Police Information Check
A student must meet the specific police information check requirements as set out in the admission criteria for the duration of the program or they may be required to withdraw from the program.