Are you interested in a law enforcement career but don’t know where to start? Are you logical, rational and consistent in the way you approach problem-solving? Do you get satisfaction out of creating and maintaining a safe, structured environment? 

Studying Criminal Justice at Dallas County Community College District can prepare you for a variety of careers. There is a wide range of jobs available depending on your skills, abilities and education — from police officer to correction officer, constable, FBI or CIA agent, drug enforcement officer or U.S. marshal.

Criminal Justice At-A-Glance


What Can I Earn?

These rates are entry hourly wages for the following Criminal Justice jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth.
Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence

Criminal justice programs at Dallas County Community College District provide valuable knowledge in working effectively in corrections, probation, government and private security settings. Practical courses include dealing with criminal behavior, methods of criminology, public policy, interpersonal communication and ethical issues in criminal justice. Additional courses such as sociology, public speaking, speech communication, math, composition, computers, Spanish and more will give you a well-rounded education.

Criminal Justice courses include:

  • Community Resources in Corrections
  • Correctional System and Practices
  • Court Systems and Practices
  • Crime in America
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Juvenile Justice System
  • Fundamentals of Criminal Law
  • Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement
  • Police Systems and Practices

Why Is This a Good Career Bet?


Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas’ targeted occupations lists corrections officer as a high growth area, with 2,330 openings projected locally this year.

America’s Career Infonet projects high job increase for supervisors and managers of correctional officers (15 percent); compliance and  correctional officers (both 16 percent); detectives and criminal investigators (18 percent); postsecondary criminal justice teachers (20 percent); and probation officers (29 percent). High job increase is defined as annual growth over 10 percent.

U.S. News and World Report’s Money Careers lists patrol officer and security guard among its best social services jobs.

See more about Criminal Justice careers

Credit Courses, Certificates and Degrees in Criminal Justice

Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View and Richland colleges

See all certificates and degrees in Criminal Justice.

Important note: Before applying to any law enforcement agency, please check with its recruiters to see how many hours of study are required for admission. Requirements vary from agency to agency and it is your responsibility to know the credit hours needed for the position you are seeking.

Noncredit Programs in Peace Officer Training and TCOLE Licensing

Cedar Valley College in Lancaster and Eastfield College in Mesquite both offer state-certified Basic Peace Officer training courses and certification licensed through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). These programs are administered through the Continuing Education Divisions at each college.

Students who successfully complete the Basic Peace Officer course are eligible to take the Texas Peace Officer examination, offered at both Cedar Valley and Eastfield colleges, and to perform law enforcement jobs at entry level. Specialized courses may also be used to fulfill the TCOLE-mandated 40 hours of training required for peace officers every two years.

Get more information on Cedar Valley College’s Law Enforcement Academy.
Get more information on Eastfield College Criminal Justice Training Center.

HB 1508 Notice

This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information please visit