If you live in the state of Iowa and are interested in becoming a corrections officer, then you probably already know that school is your ticket to success. While most corrections officer positions will not require you to have a formal post secondary education in the field, most applicants will.

This means that without a degree or at least some education, you stand a very small chance of being noticed and hired for your dream job. That’s why going to school is so helpful and beneficial for perspective corrections officers. Plus, there’s really no reason not to, with so many awesome and diverse choices in the state.

Iowa residents can choose to earn their associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or even doctorate degrees right in their home state. These degrees can be earned in corrections, criminology, psychology, criminal justice, and many areas that are closely related to corrections.

The specific degree and degree level that you end up receiving isn’t what is really important. It’s just important that you get an education, and that you enjoy it and take a lot from it. It’s really all about choosing what is right for you.

With that said, there are, of course, some schools in the state that are more popular than others.

Top choices for Iowa students currently include Ashford University, located in Clinton and offering bachelor’s degree programs in social science and criminal justice (offered online), homeland security and emergency management (offered online), organizational management and homeland security (offered online), criminal justice (offered online), social and criminal justice (offered online), corrections management (offered online), forensics, homeland security (offered online), political science and government, and security management.

Briar Cliff University, in Sioux City, offering a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice; Buena State University, in Storm Lake, offering a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice; Des Moines Area Community College, in Ankeny, offering an associate’s degree program in criminal justice.

Dordt College, in Sioux Center, offering a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice; Eastern Iowa Community College District, in Davenport, offering certificate programs in health, safety and environmental studies, and in law enforcement; Ellsworth Community College, in Iowa Falls, with its associate’s degree program in criminal justice.

Graceland University, in Lamoni, offering a bachelor’s degree program in sociology, which features coursework in criminology and criminal justice, as well as a bachelor’s degree program in pre-forensic science; Grand View University, in Des Moines, offering a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice, and a certificate program in criminology.

Hawkeye Community College, in Waterloo, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice and a certificate program in law enforcement; Indian Hills Community College, in Ottumwa, offering an associate’s degree in criminal justice.

Iowa Central Community College, in Fort Dodge, offering online and traditional associate’s degree programs in criminal justice, as well as a diploma granting program in the same; and Iowa Lakes Community College, in Estherville, with an associate’s degree program in criminal justice, as well as a certificate program in the same.