Florida is a state that is chock full of wonderful educational opportunities for those who wish to receive degrees in or related to corrections. Such degree programs can be viewed as tickets to success, stamps of approval that make it easy for you to find work in the field and to enjoy a long and successful career.

Of course, however, not all programs are created equally, and though there are many good, legitimate programs and schools in the state, there are also plenty that are not good and that won’t help you on your journey toward becoming a corrections officer.

It’s up to you to sort the good from the bad and to find the program that is the right fit for you.

First and foremost, you will want to make sure that any school that you choose to attend is fully accredited in the state. This is true for community colleges and for traditional colleges and universities. It is also, and perhaps especially true, for online colleges and universities.

While online schools often get an unfairly bad reputation, there are a lot of illegitimate, unaccredited schools out there. You have to be careful that you don’t end up attending one of these schools. If you do, any “degree” or certificate that you earn is essentially useless and adds up to a lot of wasted time, money, and effort.

This is why it’s so important to thoroughly research any school that you are thinking of attending.

With that said, remember that there are many great programs and schools out there. Popular, proven online choices for Florida residents include DeVry University, which offers a bachelor’s degree in computer forensics.

Everest University Online, offering associate’s degree programs in criminal investigations, criminal justice, and homeland security, as well as bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice and homeland security, and even a master’s degree program in criminal justice.

Hodges University, offering an associate’s degree program, a bachelor’s degree program, and a master’s degree program in criminal justice.

Kaplan University, which has bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice, computer crime, crime scene investigation, forensic psychology, juvenile justice, and law enforcement, as well as master’s degree programs in criminal justice, homeland security and emergency management, legal studies, corrections, leadership and executive management, and education and the legal system.

Rasmussen College, offering associate’s degree programs in homeland security and correction, as well as a bachelor’s degree program in homeland security; and Saint Leo University, offering associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice, bachelor’s degrees in criminalistics and homeland security, and a master’s degree in criminal justice.

In addition to the online options listed above, of which there are many more, traditional schools are also very prevalent in the state.

Popular options among Florida residents include Argosy University, Atlantic Technical Center, Bethune Cookman College, Brevard Community College, Broward College, Brown Mackie College, the College of Central Florida, City College, Daytona State College, Edison State College, Edward Waters College, and many others.