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Doctorate in Criminal Justice: Education

Why Earn Your Criminal Justice Degree at Saint Leo University?

Saint Leo University's online doctorate in criminal justice program will take your career to the next level. The College of Education & Social Services' online doctor of criminal justice in education degree specialization provides an advanced study for those who are interested in advancing their criminal justice careers, growing their knowledge base, and enhancing their professional practice in this field. This curriculum is geared toward those wanting to pursue teaching positions and other higher-level roles within various educational systems.

Graduates of the online DCJ program with a specialization in education can expect to have acquired and honed the skills necessary to become expert educators in a variety of academic and professional environments. Saint Leo is excited and honored to take an active part in that growth, which is why this degree is now offered via the school’s convenient online format, along with three short residencies held on long weekends throughout the course of the program at university campus in Florida, as well as education centers near Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA.

In this program, doctorate students learn the skills necessary to critically assess theoretical concepts, intervention modalities, public policy, social order issues, as well as a broad range of criminal justice practices that impact law enforcement, corrections, and the courts.

Learning Experience:
Est. Time to Complete:
3-4 years
Credit Hours:
60 hours
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Doctorate of Criminal Justice Program Details

The online doctorate in criminal justice program offers a comprehensive curriculum with a focus on the most effective methods of educating students on criminal justice. The online program is 60 credit hours in length and can be completed within three and a half years by attending classes in fall, spring, and summer terms.

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Online, On Campus, or Near You

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  • What are the on-campus facilities like?

    Students who pursue their degrees at Saint Leo’s main campus near sunny Tampa Bay, Florida, join a community of enthusiastic learners just like them. 

    Criminal justice students enjoy plenty of engaging learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom, as well as exciting departmental events.

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  • What are the benefits of earning your criminal justice degree online?

    Saint Leo University’s online learning experience provides a well-rounded education with the flexibility to tailor your course of study to meet your individual needs. We know our students have lives outside school, and we seek to meet them where they are. Online students can count on receiving excellent academics as well as opportunities for hands-on learning.

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  • Taking online classes has afforded me the opportunity to learn while maintaining a job. They give me some flexibility to study at times that work more cohesively with my schedule and allow me to utilize resources such as the library 24 hours a day.

    Bentley Streat | Hayes, VA

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Are education centers near you offering criminal justice degree programs?

You may also choose to pursue your degree through one of our education centers, which merge a traditional in-person education with the flexibility to match your lifestyle. Education centers offer eight-week academic terms as well as evening and weekend classes.

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Specialization Options

Saint Leo University offers specialization options for criminal justice students. You can customize your degree to match your passions by choosing one of the following concentrations.

The online Doctor of Criminal Justice: Education track's curriculum prepares learners for careers in teaching and criminal justice while allowing them to achieve proficiency in research, leadership, and ethical application of processes so they can have the greatest influence on this profession.

  • EDU 706 - Instructional Technology
  • EDU 709 - Technology Innovation and Diffusion
  • EDU 723 - Power of Teacher Leader Innovation

The online Doctor of Criminal Justice: Homeland Security track's curriculum prepares learners for careers in homeland security and criminal justice while allowing them to achieve proficiency in research, leadership, and ethical application of processes.

  • DCJ 707 - Systems Approach to Homeland Security
  • DCJ 712 - Terrorism, Domestic Radicalization
  • DCJ 722 - Organizational and Community Resilience

Career Outlook

No matter which learning experience you choose, you will receive plenty of professional development opportunities, industry knowledge from expert professors, and support from the Saint Leo community. All this together means that you will be ready for a successful career or continued studies upon graduation.

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  • What can you do with a doctorate in criminal justice degree?

    Criminal justice in the realm of education comes in many facets, including traditional academic environments in colleges and universities, as well as for training purposes in professional development. Graduates with this doctoral degree may find opportunities as: leaders within other training facilities, instructors at community colleges, instructors at state colleges, instructors at universities, leaders at police academies, or academic researchers at institutions of higher education.

What are the top criminal justice degree jobs?

Career Growth Salary
Postsecondary Teacher 12% (Faster than average) $80,560 per year
Educational Coordinator 10% (As fast as average) $66,970 per year
Postsecondary Education Administrator 8% (As fast as average) $97,500 per year

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020.

College of Education & Social Services

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  • Saint Leo University’s College of Education and Social Services couples a transformative liberal arts tradition with highly specialized training in the education and social services fields. Through close faculty mentorships, practical field internships, and applied learning experiences, we prepare students for careers in education, social work, criminal justice, and human services. Our faculty remain active in their respective fields as researchers and practitioners, giving students close access to a wealth of real-world knowledge and experience.

    With the ever-changing needs of today's students, we provide flexible degree programs. These include programs at University Campus and education centers with evening and weekend options, as well as online offerings. These degree programs are grooming the next generation of educators and social service specialists—a new breed of professionals with the talent and resolve to make a difference in the world.

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