COURSE CODE: 8702

Criminal Justice I

SCED Code: 15051
Virginia Extended Description: I
Suggested Grade Level: 10, 11
Duration: 36 Weeks
Hours: 140
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: No
CTSO: SkillsUSA
Non-Traditional?: F

Students are introduced to law, public safety, corrections, and security practices. Students examine contemporary issues in the criminal justice system and explore crime scene investigation, criminal investigation, court procedures, policing, and juvenile justice. This course provides a foundation for careers as lawyers, as forensics specialists, and as law enforcement and corrections officers. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.

Course Sequences

A combination of this course and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses, is a concentration sequence. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses based on their career pathways. A program completer is a student who has met the requirements for a CTE concentration sequence and all other requirements for high school graduation or an approved alternative education program.

Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Correction Services
  • Corrections Officer
  • Probation, Parole Officer
Emergency and Fire Management Services
  • Dispatcher
  • Hazardous Materials Removal Worker
Law Enforcement Services
  • Customs Inspector
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Police Officer
  • Private Detective, Investigator
  • U.S. Marshal
Legal Services
  • Arbitrator
  • Attorney
  • Court Reporter
  • Paralegal
Security and Protective Services
  • Private Detective, Investigator
  • Security Officer

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