Community-Based Corrections

Community-Based Corrections Certificate Program



The 37 unit Community-Based Corrections certificate program provides the student with an introduction to the Human Services behavioral core and skills with a specialized area of study in the various aspects of community-based corrections. Students completing the program may find employment in probation, juvenile counseling settings, California Youth Authority, and half-way houses

The completion of the Core Courses is required for eligibility of enrollment in HS 110 and is required for the completion of the Certificate Programs. It is recommended that these courses be taken as early as possible.

A minimum grade of "C" in all courses is required to receive the certificate.

See also: Alcohol & Drug StudiesHuman Services GeneralistMental Health Worker.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Expound upon knowledge of multiple and diverse criminological theories.
  • Exhibit an understanding of how the history of the criminal justice system relates to contemporary community-based corrections regulations and environments.
  • Use Human Services behavioral core, skills training and experiential learning in field work settings.


Curriculum changes as industry standards transform. Please refer to the Saddleback College Catalog website as the following requirements may have changed since this webpage was published.

Core Courses

Course ID Title Units
HS 100* Human Services in a Changing Society 3
HS 120 Human Development in the Social Environment 3
HS 140 Group Leadership and Group Process 3
HS 170 Alcohol and Other Drugs in Our Society 3
HS 285 Ethical Issues/Clients' Rights 3
Total Core Units for the Certificate: 15

The core courses are pre-requisites for application to the Field Instruction and Seminar I (HS 110) course. These courses cannot be taken concurrently with HS 110. It is recommended that students take HS 100 as an introductory course to Human Services.

Community-Based Corrections Required Course Work

Course ID Title Units
HS 37 Introduction to Criminology 3
HS 119 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System 3
HS 128 Community-Based Corrections 3
HS 187 Juvenile Violence, Gangs, and Victimization 3
HS 110* Field Instruction and Seminar I 3.5
HS 150* Field Instruction and Seminar II 3.5
Select from Restricted Electives 3
Total units for the Certificate: 37

Restricted Electives:

Course ID Title Units
HS 131 Multicultural and Diverse Populations in the United States 3
HS 174 Case Administration, Crisis Intervention and Referral 3
HS 175 Substance Abuse Education, Prevention and Intervention 3
HS 176* Co-occurring Disorders 3
HS 177 Family Dynamics of Addiction and Abuse 3
HS 182* Substance Abuse Treatment in Children and Adolescence 3
HS 220 Benefits and Entitlement 3

*Course has a prerequisite, co-requisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description in catalog.

Associate in Science Degree

Completion of the certificate program and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifies the student for the Associate in Science degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to and to the transfer institution's catalog for transfer requirements.