Are you interested in a law enforcement career but don’t know where to start? Are you logical, rational and consistent in the way you approach problem-solving? Do you get satisfaction out of creating and maintaining a safe, structured environment? 

Studying Criminal Justice at Mountain View College can prepare you for a variety of careers. There is a wide range of jobs available depending on your skills, abilities and education — from police officer to correction officer, constable, FBI or CIA agent, drug enforcement officer or U.S. marshal.

Criminal Justice At-A-Glance


What Can I Earn?

These rates are entry hourly wages for the following Criminal Justice jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

  • Correctional Officer/Jailer$15.66/hr
  • Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officer$21.07/hr
  • First-Line Supervisor of Correctional Officers$21.15/hr
  • First-Line Supervisor of Police and Detectives$30.28/hr

SOURCE: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence Center

Criminal justice programs at Mountain View College provide valuable knowledge in working effectively in corrections, probation, government and private security settings. Practical courses include dealing with criminal behavior, methods of criminology, public policy, interpersonal communication and ethical issues in criminal justice. Additional courses such as sociology, public speaking, speech communication, math, composition, computers, Spanish and more will give you a well-rounded education.

Criminal Justice courses include:

  • Community Resources in Corrections
  • Correctional System and Practices
  • Court Systems and Practices
  • Crime in America
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Juvenile Justice System
  • Fundamentals of Criminal Law
  • Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement
  • Police Systems and Practices

Why Is This a Good Career Bet?


Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas’s targeted occupations lists corrections officer as a high growth area, with 2,330 openings projected locally this year with an average salary of $17.71 per hour.

America’s Career Infonet projects high job increase for supervisors and managers of correctional officers (15 percent); compliance and  correctional officers (both 16 percent); detectives and criminal investigators (18 percent); postsecondary criminal justice teachers (20 percent); and probation officers (29 percent). High job increase is defined as annual growth over 10 percent.

U.S. News and World Report’s Money Careers lists patrol officer and security guard among its best social services jobs.

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Guided Pathways in Criminal Justice

A guided pathway will help you earn a college credential and build a career. It’s a one-page document that clearly shows you what courses to take (and when) to best prepare you for success in college and in your career.

Learn more about Guided Pathways to Success.

Guided Pathway
Criminal Justice and Public Safety

Credit Courses, Degrees and Certificates in Criminal Justice

Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View and Richland colleges

The catalog provides detailed information about Criminal Justice credit courses and the courses required for Criminal Justice degrees and certificates, as well as which college offers a particular degree or certificate.

Important note: Before applying to any law enforcement agency, please check with its recruiters to see how many hours of study are required for admission. Requirements vary from agency to agency and it is your responsibility to know the credit hours needed for the position you are seeking.

HB 1508 Notice

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