Criminal Justice Technology

Associate of Applied Science


In the criminal justice technology program at COTC, students learn to become excellent communicators; explore a multi-faceted system that includes the courts, policing, probation, corrections and homeland security; and apply hands-on technical training in basic investigations and firearms.

Why choose COTC?

Career Opportunities

Students who graduate with an associate degree in criminal justice technology can go on to pursue careers as:

  • Federal agents
  • Criminal investigators
  • Court bailiffs
  • Juvenile probation officers
  • Adult probation officers
  • ​Correction Officers


Students interested in continuing their education to pursue a bachelor’s degree can consider transferring to a four-year college or university. COTC has several transfer agreements with four-year colleges.


Blue Line Superhero Run

5K, 10K and 1-Mile Family Fun Run

A man running on a path through campus gives a thumbs up.

The Blue Line Superhero Run, a collaboration between COTC and the Licking County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), honors law enforcement personnel as they begin National Police Week. Proceeds from the Blue Line Superhero Run will benefit COTC’s Officer Thomas W. Cottrell Jr. Award for Character and Dedication to Public Service and the LCSO’s Stuff the Backpack fund.


Frequently Asked Questions

How quickly can I complete the criminal justice technology program?

The amount of time it takes a student to complete the criminal justice technology associate degree depends upon how many courses are taken per semester. 

Students who attend full time (and take 3-5 classes on average per semester) will complete quicker than students who attend part time (and take 1-2 classes on average per semester).

Where can I find a list of classes (plan of study) for the program I want to study?

The courses students need to take to complete the criminal justice technology associate degree are listed in the criminal justice technology plan of study.

Can I take classes online or face-to-face?

Students have the flexibility to take classes face-to-face or online. Some classes in the criminal justice program require hands-on learning and are only offered face-to-face. 

Are there any age requirements to take classes in Criminal Justice Technology (CJT)?

Students must be 18 to enroll in the LET 107 Basic Handgun course.

What type of financial assistance is available to help me pay for college? 

COTC awards more than $1 million in scholarships to students each year.

Every student is encouraged to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants, scholarships and loans. 

Students who complete a FAFSA are automatically considered for some scholarships. Other scholarships require an application. 

Connect with the Office of Student Financial Services at 740.366.9435 or email

How do I get started at COTC?

Help us learn more about you by visiting our Future Students webpage, then follow the COTC Steps to Enroll to get started. 


Statement of Purpose

The program addresses the functions and organization of the criminal justice system, integrating critical thinking, decision-making skills and the understanding of different cultures, ethics and social problems into the curriculum. The program provides students with comprehensive and practical knowledge that addresses the diverse professional areas of the criminal justice system that include policing, courts, probation and parole, and homeland security.

Program Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate competency requirements in entry-level position in CJ system.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge through the study of gen ed courses with enhanced communication skills and a comprehensive knowledge of human behavior dynamics through the behavioral science courses.
  3. Identify and demonstrate problem-solving skills.
  4. Perform their professional duties with the highest regard for the U.S. Constitution.
  5. Develop independent and lifelong learning habits.
  6. Prepare to transfer to a four-year college or university to receive a baccalaureate degree in criminal justice after completing their associate degree at COTC.