Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice Department empowers its students to be successful in their career endeavors through top-quality instruction and advising. Through excellent education we prepare students to meet the many challenges in the criminal justice field. The program prepares students to be excellent employees for criminal justice agencies in the Bell County area and to pursue further educational opportunities should they so desire. Degrees may be completed in either Temple or Hutto, as well as online.

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Degrees & Certificates

Associate of Arts (AA) in Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Criminal Justice

Program Information

The Criminal Justice instructors have practitioner experience, and most are still active in the field today. Instructor experience includes policing, state law enforcement, federal law enforcement, sexual assault investigations, child protection services, victim services, forensics, and corrections.
American Criminal Justice Association ChapterAmerican Criminal Justice Association Chapter

Temple College Criminal Justice is recognized as the Sigma Zeta Tau Chapter of Lambda Alpha Epsilon. Membership in the Association is composed of individuals employed in the criminal justice system or taking a course of study in criminal justice at an accredited college or university at the time the application is submitted.


Correctional Officer

Average entry-level salary $33,216
(with Associate Degree & Certification)

Police Officer

Average entry-level salary $37,783
(with Police Academy Graduation)

All data listed incorporates Central Texas jobs and entry wages found on