Criminal Justice Associate of Science Degree in El Cajon

CJ Degree in El Cajon

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Associate of Science

Criminal Justice

The AS in Criminal Justice degree program from ATA College in El Cajon is designed to prepare graduates for entry into state, local, or federal law enforcement, corrections, or private security. Students will study the U.S. Constitution, American court systems, Federal and California state laws, and past and current criminal trends. Students will be prepared to properly articulate, format and complete various types of reports and professional communication. Prior to graduation, students will be introduced to the application process for various local, state, and federal agencies.

The Associate of Science is available in four different emphasis areas and builds upon the Criminal Justice & Public Safety program. Students are required to choose one emphasis path in either Crime Scene Investigations, Corrections, Homeland Security, or Corporate Security.

71 Semester Credit Hours

62 Weeks (15-16 Months)

Accredited by the COE

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Business Ethics

BE 101

This course will focus on ethical issues and scenarios that relate directly to employees and their work environment. Students will develop a clearer sense of how, as a future employee, their corporate code of ethics will relate to operational decisions made on a daily basis. Focus will be placed on organizational ethics, corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, role of government, blowing the whistle, and ethics and technology.

Introduction to Psychology

PSY 103

This course provides broad coverage of the field of psychology, introducing the basic concepts, theories, and applications that constitute the discipline. Topics covered include: sensation and perception, sleep and dreams, classical and operant conditioning, foundations of memory, motivation and emotion, nature and nurture, and personality.

Earth Science

SCI 101

This course introduces fundamental scientific concepts in Earth Science. Students will explore a broad spectrum of earth science topics from Earth’s position in the solar system to the delicate ecological systems on Earth’s surface. Topics covered include: the scientific method, motions of earth, earth materials, plate tectonics, earthquakes, weathering, erosion, winds, atmosphere, weather, climate, oceans, and ecology and the environment.

College Math

MTH 101

This course covers basic mathematical topics in college math through everyday applications. The course first reviews fundamental math concepts such as whole numbers, fractions and mixed numbers, and decimals and then applies them to ration, rate, proportion and percent problems. Students will also be introduced to basic algebra concepts including simplifying, factoring, combining, and evaluating algebraic expressions.

Business Computer Applications

CPA 101

This course provides an overview of current software packages used in the business environment. Students will learn to create, edit, print, and save effective documents using word processing software as well as the basics of creating a graphical slide show using presentation software. Instruction will include using software to create and edit spreadsheets with embedded charts and graphs. Real world application projects will test students’ skills in these applications

U.S. History

This course presents a general overview of the history of the United States from pre-colonial times through the Reconstruction Era. It explores the cultural, political, geographical, economical, and technological changes that have shaped the United States as a nation. Through a chronological study of major events, people, and turning points in U.S. history, this course also provides tools for the critical thinking skills needed to interpret historical methods, points of view, and the meanings of events in historical contexts.

Writing I

ENG 101

This course emphasizes integration of skills and strategies for academic reading and writing, including comprehension, vocabulary, fluency and development, and the conventions of academic texts. Students will be introduced to standard writing formats.

Introduction to Criminal Justice

LS 101

This course provides an overview and introduction to criminal justice. Focus on the nature of crime, law and criminal justice, the police and law enforcement, the makeup of the courts, the adjudication system, the issues facing police, corrections.

Criminal Law

LS 110

This course will cover the study of the power of arrest, relevant federal and California constitutional provisions applicable to a criminal defendant. Students will be introduced to the structures of both the federal and state government including the court systems. Students will be introduced to various types of crimes, their element, and possible defenses. Relevant pre-trial procedures will be discussed. Theories for punishing criminal law violators will be explored and case briefing and IRAC concepts will be emphasized to students.

Criminal Procedure and the Constitution

LS 120

There will be a discussion of the Constitutional aspects of criminal procedure. The student will learn procedural aspects of the criminal system from arrest or summons through pretrial motions, trial, post-conviction, and appellate processes. A study of the Constitution at work in the court system with current applications.

Deviance & Violence

LS 130

This course explores research in the field of behavioral deviance. Students will analyze case studies of various types of psychological deviance and behaviors, focusing on casual explanations, police investigative strategies, and research based recommendations for preventing and responding to these violent acts.

Criminal Evidence

LS 140

This course focuses on the nature of evidence as it relates to the pretrial and trial process, including: witnesses, hearsay, admissions and confessions, and the exclusionary rule. Emphasis is placed on specific types of evidence: circumstantial, documentary, physical, documentary and recorded.

Gangs and Narcotics

LS 150

This course presents an overview of the various classifications and characteristics of drugs and narcotics; as well as a comprehensive, contemporary, and interdisciplinary perspective on criminal sub-cultures in America.

American Criminal Courts

LS 160

This course presents an introduction to the structure of the court system (federal, state, and local) in the United States. Topics include descriptions and jurisdictions of each type of court, key court personnel, selection process and working environments, and the judge’s unique role. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to chart both state and federal court structure and explain the roles of court personnel.

Communication & Report Writing

LS 201

Students will learn and apply specialized techniques and approaches to interviews and interrogations as well as legal implications based on a variety of situations. Interviews and interrogation focuses on techniques and philosophies of conducting human communication in a criminal justice or legal environment in which the goal is to obtain accurate information. Obtaining eyewitness information in an investigative environment is also discussed.

Public Safety Hiring Process

LS 203

This course provides an overview of employment in the criminal justice field. Topics include nature of the work, social media impacts, employment opportunities, median income, training, opportunity for advancement, employment outlook for ten different general classifications.

Career Development

CS 108

Instruction on interviewing techniques and on-the-job career development; i.e., negotiating salary and job performance reviews. Instruction in resume development. Exercises will include creating a personal resume for the student to use in his/her job search.

Physical Fitness for Public Safety

PHYS 101

Emphasizes total body fitness and focuses on aerobic activity and resistance training. Lecture and lab activities focus on cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, safe activity principles, nutrition, and risk factors for disease.

Strategic Operations (STOPS) Capstone

STP 200

Strategic Operations (STOPS) provides training services and products for military, law enforcement, and other organizations. Students will participate in a STOPS scenario.

Private Security Academy Certificate

Private Security Academy Certificate
Series Description
Part 1 Weapons of Mass Destruction, Powers to Arrest, Live Scan, State Forms, Test, and Diploma/Certificate of Completion
Part 2 To be completed within 30 days of receiving Guard Card. Public relations, Observation and Documentation, Communications, Liability, and Legal Aspects.
Part 3 To be completed within six months of receiving your guard card. Difficult people, work place violence, officer survival, handcuffing, incident scene, courtroom testimony, arrest/search, report writing.
BSIS Firearms Testing, state forms, live scan, range qualification and training, ammunition, range fees.
Firearms Qualifications Qualifications must be completed quarterly/twice per year along with firearms refresher. Ammunition, written test, range qualifications and fees, ammunition.
BSIS Baton PR/24, expandable baton, straight stick. State card and certificate issued.
BSIS Tear Gas Case, permit, canister of tear gas, card, and certificate.
Taser Case, permit, two live rounds, certificate, and card.
Basic Life Support American Heart Association. AED training included along with, test, cards, and student manual.
TECC Tactical Emergency Casualty Care for law enforcement and first responders


Gainful Employment Disclosures

Cost of the Program
$17,790.00 Tuition
$450.00 Fees

Graduation Rate (For 2018).
No graduating students during the reporting period.

Placement Rate (As reported to the Council on Occupational Education in the 2018 Annual Report)
No graduating students during the reporting period.


Advanced Training Associates is conveniently located in East County, serving the communities of El Cajon, Santee, Lemon Grove, La Mesa, Lakeside, Alpine, Chula Vista, Spring Valley, Mission Valley and San Diego.