James "Jim" Seaman, MS, Chair
Phone: (419) 995-8386
Office: 145H Tech Edu Lab

The Corrections Program is designed for students interested in the field of probation/parole, halfway house counselors, crime victim counselors, juvenile caseworkers and correctional institution employees.  The program is also available in a distance education format where a majority of the coursework is available and accessible through distance learning methods and designed to prepare students for correctional situations, both theoretically and practically. Upon completion of the two-year program, students will graduate with an Associate Degree in Applied Science. 

Technical Standards

See here for details.

Corrections Major

Associate of Applied Science Degree

(Available in traditional and fully online formats)

Structured Course Sequence (4 Semester Plan)

First Year
First SemesterHours
COM 1110 English Composition 3
COR 2600Correctional Supervision 4
CPT 1250Computer Applications in the Workplace 3
LAW 1130Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
PSY 1010 General Psychology 3
SDE 1010 First Year Experience 1
 Term Hours17
Second Semester
COR 2230Probation and Parole 3
LAW 1210Criminology 3
LAW 1540 Constitutional Issues 3
SOC 1010 Sociology 3
MTH 1100
   or MTH 1151
Math of Business
   or Quantitative Reasoning
 Term Hours15
Second Year
First Semester
COR 2570Case Management and Counseling 4
HST 1620
   or HST 1011
   or HST 1012
   or HST 1610
   or HST 2300
   or LIT 1450
   or LIT 2210
   or LIT 2215
   or LIT 2227
   or LIT 2250
   or LIT 2260
   or LIT 2305
   or LIT 2310
   or LIT 2450
American History Since 1877
   or Western Civilization I
   or Western Civilization II
   or American History to 1877
   or Technology and Civilization
   or Introduction to Film
   or Introduction to Literature
   or Native American Literature
   or Literature of Graphic Novels
   or The American Short Story
   or Fantasy Literature
   or Introduction to Shakespeare
   or Literature and the Holocaust
   or Themes in Literature and Film
LAW 2020Criminal Law 3
LAW 2200Juvenile Delinquency 3
SOC 1320American Cultural Diversity 3
 Term Hours16
Second Semester
COM 2110
   or COM 2213
Public Speaking
   or Verbal Judo
COR 1160Correctional Tactics 3
COR 2150   Corrections Capstone 1
COR 2500Practicum 2
COR 2720 Special Needs Clients 4
PSY 1730
   or PSY 2150
   or PSY 2200
   or SOC 1210
   or SOC 2300
Abnormal Psychology
   or Lifespan Psychology
   or Social Psychology
   or Family Sociology
   or Social Problems
 Term Hours16
 Total Hours 64

Portfolio course

Capstone course

See here for Portfolio and Capstone information.

If planning to pursue a bachelor degree, choose from one of the TAG approved Math courses. See MTH courses in Course Description section of this catalog.

Students should check course prerequisites before registering. Prerequisites are listed in the Course Tab.

COR 1160 — Correctional Tactics
3 Credit hours  

Prepares correctional students in firearm and self-defense tactics. Students will be trained on a handgun and a shotgun following the ODRC specifications. Students will also be trained in unarmed self-defense tactics and upon course completion must be able to demonstrate the following: rolling break fall, back fall, come along, fight break up. basic block, outside wrist turn, arm bar take down, inside wrist turn, throw away technique, defense against grabs, strikes and kicks. (This course involves physical activity and students must have a physical or doctor's permission to complete the course.) This course is graded S/U.
Prerequisites: Must be a second year correction student and have submitted a criminal background check.

COR 2150 — Corrections Capstone
1 Credit hour  

Allows students to demonstrate their proficiency by integrating technical knowledge and core skills and abilities. Each student will be given a correctional file and must complete the appropriate interviews, assessments case plans and referrals for their particular client. This course will include an e-portfolio self-growth/awareness writing assignment and an exit evaluation of critical thinking and writing.
Prerequisites: COR 2570.

COR 2230 — Probation and Parole
3 Credit hours  

Examines problems facing the probation officer and the parolee and theories concerning parole for the criminal. Students will also learn to write a presentence investigation and parole violation.

COR 2500 — Practicum
1-2 Credit hours  

Provides on the job training under the direction of local criminal justice officials. It is given on an individual basis with evaluations completed by the supervising faculty member. A total of 210 student practicum hours are required. This course is graded S/U.
Prerequisites: COR 2600.

COR 2570 — Case Management and Counseling
4 Credit hours  

Studies various approaches to correctional assessment, counseling and problem solving skill techniques. Students will study these approaches and then apply them in lab settings with practical applications. Skills will be gained in Risk and Need Assessments, AIM's, Client Management Classification Instruments as well as case planning and teaching problem solving skills to correctional clients.
Prerequisites: COM 1110, COR 2230.

COR 2600 — Correctional Supervision
4 Credit hours  

Explores the history of the correctional system and then builds on current correctional facility operations. Students will learn the fundamentals of day to day prison and jail operations including practical applications of pat downs, cell searches, cell extractions, and transports. Emergency operations will also be discussed. The course will conclude with supervisory education focusing on line and middle management levels to prepare the student for promotional opportunities in the work force.

COR 2720 — Special Needs Clients
4 Credit hours  

Discusses two components, the first half pertaining to the plight of crime victims. A brief history of crime victims will be discussed and then a focus on victims of violent crime including sexual assault, child abuse, spousal abuse, bullying, murder, and robbery. Special emphasis will be on how data is collected. The second component will focus on special offenders including sex offenders and other offenders with high recidivism rates. This course will include an e-portfolio assignment.

James Seaman, MS, BS, AAS
Chair and Assistant Professor
Phone: 419-995-8386
Office: TL 145H

Terri Wies-Haithcock, MS, BS
Coordinator, Corrections Major and Assistant Professor
Phone: 419-995-8219
Office: TL 162A