The Criminal Justice program consists of the AA transfer plan for Criminal Justice, the AAS in Criminal Justice with concentrations in law enforcement, corrections, or juvenile justice, and the following certificate: Basic Peace Officer Licensing. Texas requires a four-year degree to qualify as a probation officer or protective service worker. Students must be 21 or older to enter the police academy.

Degrees and Certificates

Law Enforcement - AAS

Basic Peace Officer Licensing - Certificate Level I

Corrections Specialization - AAS

Juvenile Justice Specialization - AAS

Program Information

General Requirements

This two-year program prepares students for a career in Law Enforcement. Upon successful completion of the program, students obtain an AAS degree and the opportunity to take the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) State Licensing Exam. This program satisfies all the educational requirements for such agencies as the Houston Police Department and the Department of Public Safety. Most of the coursework may be taken at any of the HCC campuses; however, the last semester must be taken at HCC Northeast Campus.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) allows students to earn only one AAS in Criminal Justice. Students may choose from one of the following concentrations in law enforcement, corrections, or juvenile justice.

TSI testing required prior to first enrollment for all AAS degrees and Level II certificates.

Program Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate outcomes set forth in TCLEOSE Course 1000 (WECM statement of end of course outcomes).
  • Articulate key concepts in police science and criminal justice.
  • Analyze and apply research to Texas Penal Code Law, Code of Criminal Procedure, Family Code, Health and Safety Code, and Transportation Code.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and commitment to law enforcement professional, ethical, and legal obligations.

Employment

There are 14,243 Police Patrol Officers employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 7.6% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 785 jobs a year.
  • Median Wages - $26.81 hourly, $56,000 annuall

Transfer Plan

Transfer Advising Plan for Criminal Justice Specialty Area - AA

Program Information

General Requirements

To be eligible for an Associate in  Arts (AA), an Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT), or an Associate in Science (AS) degree from HCC, a student must successfully:

Complete at least 60 semester hours of credit as follows: (a) for the AA degree, 43 hours of required core courses and 17 hours of transferable electives, usually focusing on the student's transfer major (b) for the AAT degree, 44 hours of required core courses plus 16-18 hours of required pre-teaching courses (c) for the AS degree, 43 hours of required core courses plus six additional hours of mathematics, four additional hours of natural science, and 7 hours of transferable electives, usually focusing on the student's transfer major.

Additional Degree Requirements

A student who has received an associate degree or higher from an accredited institution must meet specific requirements to earn an additional degree from HCC.

  • The student must complete a minimum of 18 semester hours at HCC for each additional degree. These hours may not repeat credit applied from a previous HCC degree.  These hours may not be satisfied through credit by exam.
  • All additional hours must be applicable toward the additional degree. If the student has prior credit in required courses, appropriate substitutions may be arranged.
  • All courses required by the specific HCC program of the additional degree must be completed.
  • A grade point average of at least 2.0 must be earned on all hours since the previous degree.
  • Academic courses from previous degrees may be applied to an additional AAS degree required academic core where equivalent and appropriate, which waives the need for approval, except where program restrictions prevail.
  • If the first degree was an Associate in Arts, an Associate of Arts in Teaching, Associate in Science, a bachelor degree, or higher degree from an accredited educational institution in the United States, the student will be considered to be “Core Complete”, thus needing to complete only the requirement of 18 additional semester hours at HCC toward a new associate degree.
  • Each additional academic associate degree obtained from HCC must be of a different type.  Thus, a student may only obtain one Associate in Arts, one Associate of Arts in Teaching, and/or one Associate in Science from HCC. For example, if one degree from HCC was an AA, then any additional degrees must be an AAT, AS, or AAS.
  • Multiple Associate of Applied Science degrees may be earned from HCC if all AAS program requirements are met including earning at least 18 additional semester hours at HCC, 12 of which must be earned in the major program of the additional degree. In most cases, however, there is only one AAS degree allowable per workforce program. See counselor or program chair for clarification.
  • Multiple workforce Certificates of Completion may be earned from HCC if all program requirements are met for each certificate including earning at least 9 additional unique semester hours at HCC toward the major program of the additional certificate.
  • All other state and institutional graduation requirements, including TSI policies and financial obligations, must be met.

Texas BPOC Licensing

Requirements

The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) establishes eligibility. HCC requires documentation that a cadet is ready for college-level reading and writing prior to admission. A member of our staff will examine your transcript to determine if you meet the academic prerequisites.

The general requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • College-Ready Reading & Writing
  • 21 Years of Age Before Graduation from the Academy
  • Generally No Prior Convictions, Community Supervision, or Deferred Adjudication
  • Examination by a Physician, Including a Drug Screening
  • Examination by a Psychologist
  • Honorable Discharge if Prior Military Service
  • Valid Texas Driver's License
  • United States Citizen
  • Social Security Card

Schedule

  • Full-time: The full-time academy meets Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., for approximately six months.
  • Part-time Day: The part-time day academy meets Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., for approximately ten months.
  • Part-time Evening: The part-time evening academy meets Monday through Friday, 5:30 until 10 p.m., for approximately ten months.

Evening Police Academy

The HCC Police Academy has scheduled a part time evening Police Academy (5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.) Those individuals interested in attending are invited to call 713-718-8361 or 713-718-8377. All interested individuals are required to attend a mandatory orientation.

The coordinator for this academy class is Sonny Goode; he can be contacted at 713-718-8388 or by e-mail at sonny.goode@hccs.edu

Half-Day Police Academy

The HCC Police Academy has scheduled a half day Police Academy (8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) Those individuals interested in attending are invited to call 713-718-8361 or 713-718-8377. All interested individuals are required to attend a mandatory orientation.

The coordinator for this academy class is Rodney Jackson, he can be contact at 713-718-8386 or by e-mail at rodney.jackson@hccs.edu

Full-Time Police Academy

The HCC Police Academy has scheduled a full-time Police Academy (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) Those individuals interested in attending are invited to call 713-718-8361 or 713-718-8377. All interested individuals are required to attend a mandatory orientation.

The coordinator for this academy class is Clint Galloway; he can be contacted at 713-718-8336 or by e-mail at clint.galloway@hccs.edu

Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)

Test Site

State Licensing testing for individuals who have received TCOLE endorsement, contact Dr. Chris Carmean at 713.718.8377 to make an appointment. Bring photo ID and $25.00 testing fee.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements to enroll?

The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) establishes eligibility. HCC requires documentation a cadet that is competent at college-level reading and writing prior to admission. An academic advisor will examine your transcript to determine if you meet the academic prerequisite. The general requirements are listed below:

  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. College Ready Reading & Writing
  3. 21 Years of Age Before Graduation from the Academy
  4. Generally No Prior Convictions, Community Supervision, or Deferred Adjudication
  5. Examination by a Physician Including a Drug Screen
  6. Examination by a Psychologist
  7. Honorable Discharge if Prior Military Service
  8. Valid Texas Drivers License
  9. United States Citizen
  10. Social Security Card

Is financial aid available?

The academy costs approximately $2,000. Follow the links below to connect with HCC’s Financial Aid Office, HCC’s Veteran Affairs Office, and the HCC Foundation. HCC also offers payment plans and accepts major credit cards. Besides HCC, Workforce Solutions is another alternative for financial aid.

How many hours may a graduate earn for the Basic Peace Officer Course completion at HCC?

20 credit hours. 

Tuition Waivers

Active police officers are eligible for tuition waiver.

For more information, contact Dr. Chris Carmean at 713.718.8377.