Maryland residents who wish to pursue careers in the corrections field often have a lot of questions about the best way to enter into the field and how to get started turning those goals and dreams into reality. There really is no one simple answer to this question.

Instead, there are a multitude of ways in which you can enter into a position in corrections. It’s up to you to find the one that is the best fit for you. Whatever you choose, it should be something you can realistically complete, will enjoy, and most importantly, that you will walk away from with a lot of gained knowledge.

For most people, the way to enter into the corrections field is through formal post secondary education. However, there are a lot of different ways to go about pursuing an education. Some people choose, for example, to earn their degrees online, getting their education from the comfort and security of their own homes!

Others choose to earn their degrees at traditional colleges and universities in the state, and some choose to stick close to home with local community colleges. As long as a school is accredited and offers a program that you are interested in, it doesn’t matter which one you choose!

Different degree levels can also get you into the corrections field; it’s really all about how much schooling you wish to pursue. Many working professionals have only associate’s degrees, which are usually earned in as little as two years, and are considered to be fairly easy and to require minimal coursework.

The majority of corrections professionals have bachelor’s degrees, which are most commonly earned in around four years. Some have even higher levels of education, such as master’s degrees or PhDs. There are even people working only have technical or professional certificates.

There are also many different majors which can lead to a career in corrections. There are corrections professionals currently working in the field who have academic backgrounds in fields as diverse as psychology, sociology, criminal justice, criminology, forensics, crime scene investigation, police science, law enforcement, and many others.

As long as your course of study is somewhat related to the corrections field, it doesn’t matter what it is. You should just do something that interests you and that you will enjoy and not mind spending a lot of time studying.

The good news for you, no matter what you decide to major in and at what level, is that there are a lot of wonderful educational programs in Maryland, programs that are proven to bring success and knowledge to their graduates. Popular options in the state include Allegany College of Maryland, located in beautiful Cumberland, which offers an associate’s degree program in criminal justice.

Anne Arundel Community College, in Arnold, offering associate’s degree programs in forensic studies, homeland security management, and juvenile justice; Baltimore City Community College, offering associate’s degree programs in general law and litigation, as well as a bachelor’s degree program in law enforcement and corrections, and a certificate program in law enforcement and corrections.

Carroll Community College, in Westminster, offering associate’s degree programs in law enforcement, criminal justice, and forensic studies; Cecil College, in North East offering both an associate’s degree program and a certificate program in law enforcement and corrections technology.

Chesapeake College, in Wyle Mills, offering associate’s degree programs in corrections, crime scene technician, and law enforcement, as well as certificate programs in corrections, crime scene technician, law enforcement, and natural resources police; and the College of Southern Maryland, in La Plata, with several related associate’s degree programs.