In the state of Idaho, there are many wonderful educational opportunities for those who wish to pursue careers in the criminal justice field. It is important to note, however, that not all educational programs will be right for all people and for all intended career paths.

Criminal justice is an extremely vast field with professionals working in a large number of different capacities. Different jobs in the field will require different educational backgrounds in order to be qualified for, and it’s up to the individual to know what career he or she would like to have, the educational requirements for having that career, and to carry out those requirements.

With that said, options are anything but limited within the state. Both online colleges and universities and traditional colleges and universities abound with opportunities for those who are serious about and dedicated to their educations. Just keep in mind that any school that one attends should be accredited for best results, and should be thoroughly researched by the prospective student in order to make sure it is legitimate and offers sound academic programs.

Popular educational institutions within the state include Boise State University, located in Boise, which offers a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice, as well as a master’s degree program in the same; Carrington College, also located in Boise, which offers an associate’s degree in paralegal studies; the College of Southern Idaho, in Twin Falls, which offers associate’s degree programs in law enforcement and criminal justice, as well as a law enforcement certificate program.

Eastern Idaho Technical College, in Idaho Falls, which has an associate’s degree program in legal systems, as well as a technical certificate program in the same; Idaho State University, in Pocatello, which has associate’s degree programs in paralegal studies, criminal justice, female corrections, and law enforcement.

ITT Technical Institute, which is located in Boise, and which offers associate’s degree programs in paralegal studies, criminal justice (offered online), and paralegal studies, in addition to a bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice; Lewis Clark State College, in Lewiston, with associate’s degree programs in legal assisting and paralegal, bachelor’s degree programs in legal assisting, paralegal, corrections and human services, and criminal justice, and certificate and technical certificate programs in legal office technology and paralegal.

North Idaho College, in Coeur d’Alene, which offers associate’s degree programs in administration of justice, law enforcement, legal administrative assistant, and criminal justice, as well as certificate and technical certificate programs in legal administrative assisting and law enforcement.

The University of Phoenix, located in Meridian, which offers an associate’s degree program in criminal justice, as well as bachelor’s degree programs in criminal justice administration and institutional healthcare, criminal justice administration and management (offered online), criminal justice administration (offered online), and organizational security management, and also a master’s degree program in administration of justice and security. Please note that, while these represent common choices in the state of Idaho, these schools are not the only options for prospective criminal justice employees.