Those who are hoping to pursue educational paths in the field of criminal justice in the state of Delaware are advised to look before they leap! What is meant by this is that it is very unwise to start out on a criminal justice educational program without having a clear idea of what one wants to do in the field.

In the criminal justice area, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of different jobs that individuals may possess, and almost every one of these jobs will have its own, very specific requirements in terms of education and training. Therefore, if a person is unclear about what, exactly, he or she wishes to do within the field, a lot of time, money, effort, and energy can be wasted pursuing degrees and educational programs that are not in line with the desired career.

For those who are completely new to the field of criminal justice, it is a good idea to spend some time researching the field in general. Prospective workers are advised to look at all of the different career options, all the while honestly considering which ones they think are well suited to them and their strengths and weaknesses.

Once a job or a few jobs of interest have been chosen, then it is wise to research the different educational and other requirements for those jobs, again honestly assessing whether or not the person is willing to commit to those requirements. When a job is found for which the person is suited and is willing to do the work it takes to obtain it, only then should educational pursuits be embarked upon.

Unfortunately, Delaware is somewhat limited in terms of the educational opportunities it has to offer those interested in criminal justice. Colleges and/or universities currently offering criminal justice related degrees and programs include Dawn Training Centre, located in Wilmington, which offers a legal assistant certificate program.

Delaware Technical and Community College, with locations in Newark, Georgetown, and Dover, which offers associate’s degree programs in criminal justice technology, criminal justice, criminal justice management, homeland defense and emergency management, and law enforcement, as well as a criminal justice certificate program.

Wesley College, in Dover, with a bachelor’s degree program in legal studies; Widener University, in Wilmington, with an associate’s degree program in paralegal studies, bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice and paralegal studies, a certificate program in paralegal, and a master’s degree program in criminal justice; and Wilmington University, in New Castle, which offers a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice and a criminal justice certificate program.

If a person is unable to find the right educational program in the state to make his or her career goals happen, there are still lots of other great options available. Online classes, which are offered all over the world and which can be taken from anywhere, are extremely popular and beneficial for those seeking different areas of work. Going out of state, if only for the duration of schooling, is another option as well.