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Law Enforcement Degree Programs

Criminal Justice Degree

The Criminal Justice program is designed for students who are interested in the criminal justice field, but do not want to pursue the traditional roles of Police Officer or Sheriff’s Deputy. Graduates of the program will learn the technical skills needed to enter or advance in a wide variety of positions in the criminal justice field.

Potential occupations

Communication Officer 

Correctional Officer 



Probation Officer 

Parole Officer 

Juvenile Corrections Officer 

Police Science Degree

The Police Science program is a two year associate’s degree which includes the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy. Students who complete the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission (OPOTC) educational and legal requirements are eligible to sit for the state certification exam.

The career of police professionals has changed dramatically in recent years and society is expecting better educated officers. In many local areas, minimum requirements for entry-level police professional positions include associate degrees; high-level state and federal positions require baccalaureate or even law degrees.

Potential occupations

Police Officer 

Ohio State Highway Trooper 

Sheriff’s Deputy 

Correctional Officer 

Probation Officer 

Campus and Industrial Security 

Basic Law Academy

The Basic Law Academy certificate prepares an individual to become a law enforcement officer in the state of Ohio. Academy standards are set by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. Areas covered include, but are not limited to: administration, legal, human relations, firearms, driving, investigation, traffic, patrol, civil disorders, unarmed self-defense and first aid. After successful completion of both courses the student is eligible to take the state certification examination for a law enforcement officer. LAC 2031 and LAC 2041 (or LAC2032 and LAC2042) must be taken consecutively.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about our degree programs, please contact us at 866.AT.TERRA, or 866.288.3772.

Larry Cunningham-Assistant Professor
A-303A, Roy Klay Hall

Christine Stark-Academic and Career Advisor
Location: A-100, Roy Klay Hall
Email: cstark01@terra.edu
Phone: 419.559.2104
Fax: 419.559.2414

You can also email us at admissions@terra.edu.