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Graduate-Pastoral Ministry


Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry
The graduate program in pastoral ministry and its concentration in religious education are designed to prepare men and women for service to the Catholic Church, parishes, and school communities. Centered in a commitment to adult faith formation, the program welcomes individuals who feel called to deepen their faith and to acquire the knowledge and skills essential for leaders in the pastoral life of faith communities.  Because it is designed to integrate the academic, human, and spiritual dimensions of faith formation, the pastoral ministry program seeks to provide students with the theological and spiritual background foundational to pastoral ministry.  A critical component of this master’s program is the formation of a community of learners within a coherent and developmental model of education. In academics, this model enables students to progress through a degree program with their peers, and enhances not only the educational and spiritual aspects of the program but also reinforces a sense of community among adult learners.

Required courses

Foundational Theology
God and the Human Person
Perspectives on the Hebrew Scriptures
Perspectives on the Christian Scriptures
Jesus: Fully Human, Fully Divine
History and Mission of the Church
Moral Theology, Christian Ethics, and Society
Sacramental and Liturgical Theology
Spiritual Identity and Faith Formation
Ministry as Vocation
Arts and Skills for Ministry
Professional Readings
Pastoral Project
Required for Religious Education Concentration:
Theological Foundations of Religious Education and Methods in Religious Education in lieu of Ministry as Vocation and Professional Readings

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the graduate program in pastoral ministry, will obtain a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministry, and will be able to:

1.    Investigate biblical, historical, ecclesial, theological, professional, and spiritual perspectives on pastoral ministry and apply these to examples and experiences of chosen ministry service and faith community leadership.

2.    Present their scholarly and professional familiarity with the theological and spiritual foundations of personal and community faith development through audience appropriate written and oral presentation.

3.    Demonstrate integration of the academic, pastoral, and spiritual dimensions of life through culminating assignments.

4.    Assess contemporary society and cultures to identify opportunities for the Church to fulfill its prophetic calling as a beacon of justice, hope, and mercy to the oppressed and suffering. 



For More Information
For more information about Anna Maria College's graduate program in Pastoral Ministry, including course details and admission requirements, please contact:


Graduate Studies and Continuing Education Admissions
gradadmissions@annamaria.edu
(508) 849-3423
 

Graduate - Education Programs

Master of Education with Initial Teacher License Preparation
Anna Maria's Master of Education program is for adults with a baccalaureate degree, who want to become licensed teachers and teachers who want to earn their Professional Teacher License. Anna Maria College offers four Master Degree programs that will qualify graduates for the Initial Teacher License in Early Childhood: Pre-K-2, Elementary 1-6, Visual Arts Pre-K-8 and 5-12, and Reading Specialist.


{showhide title="> View the Requirements to Earn a Master" changetitle="Close" mousetitleistitle=true closeonclick=true titleasspan=true}To earn a master's degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Visual Arts, or English Language Arts, students must complete a combined total of 13 courses that include requirements for Initial Teacher License Preparation and core courses required to complete the Master Degree.

Required courses for teacher licensure preparation include:

  • One course in human development (child or adolescent depending on license)
  • One course in special needs
  • Methods courses for each subject area (to include field placement)
  • Initial License Teaching Practicum
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Professional Teacher License - Master of Education, English Language Arts
Anna Maria College's Master of Education, English Language Arts degree fulfills the requirements for the Professional Teacher License in Early Childhood Pre-K-2 and Elementary 1-6. Students must complete an ELA curriculum concentration of four courses required for the license, five core courses to include assessment and research in ELA, and three electives.

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Curriculum concentration courses include:

  • Literature Based Language Arts
  • Language Acquisition and Early Literacy
  • Reading in the Content Areas
  • Theory and Research in Reading
  • Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties
  • Writing in the Elementary Classroom
  • Sign Language and ELL in the Heterogeneous Classroom

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Student Learning Outcomes

Through coursework and application, Master of Education Graduate students will:

  •        -Relate learning theories to effective pedagogical approaches to instruction
  •        -Demonstrate effective curriculum/program development and implementation
  •        -Demonstrate effective methods of assessment and evaluation
  •        -Examine the role of educational research for informing effective professional practice
  •        -Demonstrate an inclusive and respectful approach to diversity and reflect on ways to
  •          support the development of diverse learners through curricular and instructional decisions
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Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies Program
Students may pursue a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in English Language Arts after earning a Master's Degree. The CAGS is a course of focused study consisting of at least eight upper level graduate courses. The plan of study is based on students' previous academic record, professional goals, and academic interest. 

Course of Study
The M. Ed. or CAGS Licensure Programs consist of a minimum of 36 credits, which include coursework to meet the Subject Matter Knowledge and Professional Standards for Teachers for Initial licensure plus a teaching practicum. 

This program of study was designed to incorporate existing courses at Anna Maria College and includes additional courses that are designed to deepen students understanding of the Subject Matter Knowledge and Professional Standards for Teachers outlined in the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education regulations for licensure in Moderate Disabilities Pre-K-8 and 5-12.

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Course of Study Requirements:

  • All candidates must possess a Bachelor's Degree prior to entering the program M.Ed. program OR a Master's Degree entering the CAGS program
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Moderate Disabilities Program
The Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities Program is designed for a wide range of professionals with undergraduate degrees, who have a desire to work with students with moderate special needs. Participants may include recent college graduates, educators with a license in another field, and professionals seeking a career change. 
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The program offers a path to Initial Licensure as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities, as well as an opportunity for educators to earn a Master's degree or earn a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Special Education (non-licensure). The program of study focuses on developing skills necessary for working with children with mild to moderate disabilities in inclusive, resource, or substantially separate public and private school classrooms at either the Pre-K -8 or 5-12 grade levels. 

The above information is a summary of the paths that students can take to achieve licensure as a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities Pre-K-8 or 5-12. For additional information related to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts teacher licensure, contact the Office of Licensure at (781) 338-6600 or www.doe.mass.edu. {/showhide}
Program Options

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Candidates for Initial Licensure for Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (Pre-K-8 or 5-12) are required to pass the Pre-K-8 and Five to Twelve MTEL tests (shown below).

Pre-K-8

  • Communication and Literacy Skills
  • Foundations of Reading or Reading Specialist subject matter test
  • General Curriculum including two separately scoreable subtests:
    1. Subtest I Language Arts, History & Social Studies, and Science & Technology/Engineering and
    2. Subtest II Mathematics 

Five to Twelve

  • Communication and Literacy Skills
  • Foundations of Reading or Reading Specialist subject matter test
  • General Curriculum, including two separately scoreable subtests:
    1. Subtest I Language Arts, History & Social Studies, and Science & Technology/Engineering and
    2. Subtest II Mathematics; OR a subject matter test in one of the following academic subjects: English, mathematics, science (biology, chemistry, earth science, general science, and physics), history, or political science/political philosophy at the 5-8 or 8-12 grade level. 

Practicum Requirements
Teachers of Students with Moderate Disabilities PreK-8 must complete a 300 hour practicum in an inclusive general education setting or 75 hours in an inclusive general education setting and 225 hours in a separate or substantially separate setting for students with moderate disabilities; for 5-12, 150 hours in an inclusive general education classroom or 75 hours in an inclusive general education classroom and 75 hours in a separate or substantially separate setting for students with moderate disabilities. {/showhide}                      See also:{showhide title="License Option for a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (Pre-K-8 or 5-12)" changetitle="Close" mousetitleistitle=true closeonclick=true titleasspan=true}License Option for a Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (Pre-K-8 or 5-12)

Licensed educators may earn an additional license in a new field and level, specifically Teacher of students with Moderate Disabilities.

  • Passing the appropriate MTEL tests
  • A competency review
  • 150 hour practicum/equivalent or internship of 150 hours, in an appropriate classroom, in the role of the license sought 
  • Educators must possess an Initial license in another field at the same level. The individual plan of study will be determined based on transcript review. 
  • Candidates should have evidence of passing the Pre-K-8 and Five to Twelve MTEL tests (shown below).
MTEL Tests

Pre-K-8
  • Communication and Literacy Skills (not applicable to those who earned Initial prior to 1998)
  • Foundations of Reading or Reading Specialist Subject Matter Test
  • General Curriculum, including two separately scoreable subtests:
  • 1. Subtest I Language Arts, History &Social Studies, and Science & Technology/Engineering and 
    2. Subtest II Mathematics
 

Five to Twelve

  • Foundations of Reading or Reading Specialist subject matter test
  • General Curriculum including two separately scoreable subtests:
    1. Subtest I Language Arts, History &Social Studies, and Science & Technology/Engineering and 2. Subtest II Mathematics; OR a subject matter test in one of the core academic subjects taught in 5-8 or 8-12 for which the Massachusetts Department of Education issues licenses.{/showhide}
 

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Anna Maria's Master of Education program is for adults with a baccalaureate degree, who want to become licensed teachers and teachers who want to earn their Professional Teacher License. Anna Maria College offers four Master Degree programs that will qualify graduates for the Initial Teacher License in Early Childhood: Pre-K-2Elementary 1-6Visual Arts Pre-K-8 and 5-12, and Reading Specialist.


Requirements to Earn a Master
To earn a master's degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Visual Arts, or English Language Arts, students must complete a combined total of 13 courses that include requirements for Initial Teacher License Preparation and core courses required to complete the Master Degree.

Required courses for teacher licensure preparation include:

  • One course in human development (child or adolescent depending on license)
  • One course in special needs
  • Methods courses for each subject area (to include field placement)
  • Initial License Teaching Practicum
  • Initial License Teaching Seminar 

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies Program
Students may pursue a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in English Language Arts after earning a Master's Degree. The CAGS is a course of focused study consisting of at least eight upper level graduate courses. The plan of study is based on students' previous academic record, professional goals, and academic interest. {/showhide}

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The CAGS program is for professionals with a master's degree who have a desire to expand their knowledge and skills in the area of Special Education. The CAGS in Special Education consists of a least 10 courses and will be designed based on the student's prior coursework, experience, and area of interest. Coursework includes EDU 638 Educational Research and Evaluation and EDU 639 Research and Evaluation Project in Special Needs.{/showhide}

 
Course Requirements 

Course requirements must cover the following list of subject matter knowledge competencies (any course may be waived and replaced with appropriate coursework based on transcript review).

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  • Educational terminology for students with mild to moderate disabilities
  • Preparation, implementation, and evaluation of Individualized Education Programs
  • Design or modification of curriculum, instructional materials, and general education classroom environments for students with moderate disabilities
  • Federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to special education
  • Knowledge of services provided by other agencies
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Competency Review Subject Matter Knowledge
Competency review subject matter knowledge competencies may be satisfied through completion of coursework, seminars, workshops, or experience. When completing these activities toward satisfying coverage of subject matter knowledge competencies, at least 10 hours of professional development specific to and completely covering each subject matter knowledge competency are required. Allowing educators to satisfy 'coverage of' a requirement with 10 hours of professional development is consistent with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's policy for special education teachers in their HOUSSE plan to become Highly Qualified through No Child Left Behind. Information regarding HOUSSE can be found by visiting www.doe.mass.edu. 

Competency Review Guidelines permits equating:
  • One semester hour of undergraduate college credit = 15 hours of professional development
  • One semester hour of graduate college credit = 22.5 hours of professional development
  • One PDP = one hour of professional development
  • One hour of instruction = one hour of professional development
  • One CEU = 10 hours of professional development
Documenting Compliance with Competency Review Requirements
Below are the requirements for documenting compliance with competency review requirements. Note: demonstrated competency in subject matter knowledge may waive a course requirement. Only graduate level coursework that meets subject matter knowledge competency may be transferred in to the M.Ed. or CAGS program of study. Up to 6 graduate credits may be transferred as long as they meet program requirements.
  1. Coursework for college/university credit
    1. In order for a completed coursework to be considered for determining if it may be applicable toward satisfying coverage of a competency(ies) identified within a Competency Review, an official transcript verifying successful completion of that coursework must be submitted to the AMC Licensure Office for review and consideration.
       
    2. Clarity in determining if coursework may be applicable toward satisfying coverage of a competency(ies) identified within a Competency Review may be aided by submitting an official catalog course description. Further clarity may be gained by submitting a letter verifying the number of hours of instruction delivered in a specific course addressing a particular competency. A course may be used to satisfy more than one competency. The letter should be on official college/university letterhead and be signed by the appropriate department head or certification officer.
  2. Seminar or Workshop
    1. In order for a completed seminar or workshop to be considered for determining if it may be applicable toward satisfying coverage of a competency(ies) identified within a Competency Review, a copy of the certificate(s) of completion should be submitted to the AMC Licensure Office for review and consideration. Certificates of completion should verify the sponsoring agency, seminar/workshop title, and the number of PDPs, CEUs, earned or hours of instruction delivered.
       
    2. Clarity in determining if a seminar or workshop may be applicable toward satisfying coverage of a competency(ies) identified within a Competency Review may be aided by submitting a copy of the official seminar or workshop description. Further clarity may be gained by submitting a letter verifying the number of PDPs, CEUs, earned or hours of instruction delivered in a specific seminar or workshop toward addressing a particular competency. These letters should be on official letterhead and be signed by the professional development provider.
  3. Experience
    1. In order for experience to be considered toward satisfying coverage of a competency(ies) identified within a Competency Review, a letter must be submitted to the AMC Licensure Office attesting to the rol and dates of the applicant's experience.
       
    2. The letter should explain in detail how each competency was gained and verify how coverage of each competency was demonstrated. If the experience offered in a school or district then this letter must be on official school letterhead and be signed by the superintendent or head administrator and the appropriate director. If the experience occurred in another setting then this letter must be on official letterhead and be signed by the appropriate administrator.

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Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Pass Rates for Previous Cohorts: 2008-2009 

For More Information
For more information about Anna Maria College's graduate programs in Education, including course details and admission requirements, please contact:


Graduate Studies and Continuing Education Admissions
gradadmissions@annamaria.edu
(508) 849-3423
 
 
 
Graduate-Counseling Psychology


Master of Arts
in Counseling Psychology

This program offers a diverse array of courses intended to prepare the student to function in a variety of mental health agencies. It is not intended for individuals whose career focus is educational counseling in school settings, nor does this program lead to licensure at this time. Twelve courses of three semester hours each are required for the degree. This includes courses in eight required areas, four elective courses from either education or psychology, and a practicum.


To earn a master's degree, students must complete eight required courses, one of which must be a practicum, four electives from the education or psychology offerings, and a written comprehensive examination. The required course selections fall in the areas of:

Diagnostic Procedures
Counseling Process
Family Counseling
Testing
Research Design and Methodology

Click here for a program overview.

Learning Outcomes for the Graduate Counseling Psychology Program (PDF)

For More Information
For more information about Anna Maria College's graduate programs in Counseling Psychology, including course details and admission requirements, please contact:


Graduate Studies and Continuing Education Admissions
gradadmissions@annamaria.edu
(508) 849-3423
 
Graduate-Criminal Justice

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program is designed to prepare students for professions in criminal justice while enhancing the academic and professional knowledge of those who are already employed in the field. The curriculum engages students in the exploration of the relationship between theory and practice; the issues inherent in focusing on one over the other and the complexities of searching for answers to crime problems in an area so closely tied to social, political and economic factors. Students study both ethics and theory throughout the curriculum, integrating the two as they inform policy and decision-making.

Anna Maria College recognizes that criminal justice professionals face increasing challenges that demand knowledge and an appreciation of our diverse society. Over the years Anna Maria College's criminal justice programs have changed with the national scene, contributing to and living within some of the highest academic standards in the field. As the field of criminal justice has gown and evolved, so have our programs, which continue to stand as a model for academic change and excellence. Collaborations and partnerships have allowed the programs to provide education and leadership beyond the traditional classroom walls.

{showhide}Emphasis on intellectual involvement, career preparation, social awareness, and dedication to peace and justice are cornerstones of our programs. The faculty bring a broad spectrum of educational achievements and professional experiences to the classroom. Faculty and students come together as a community of scholars and learners to acquire knowledge in an ever-changing field and to explore the boundaries of that knowledge through research and analytical thought. Anna Maria College educated criminal justice professionals have a commitment to professionalism and excellence, and are cognizant of their responsibilities to their community.

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Curriculum
The program consists of twelve courses: a required four course sequence, seven electives, and successful completion of the Capstone Project or a written thesis.

Required Courses (4)
GRS 600 Ethical Theory (or equivalent)
CRJ 710 Research Design and Methodology
CRJ 711 Statistical Analysis
CRJ 816 Criminological Thought

Elective Courses
Seven elective criminal justice courses are required of the degree. Students may choose to take up to three courses (nine credit hours) in elective graduate coursework from related disciplines with program director approval.

Capstone/Thesis Requirement
CRJ 891 Policy and Strategy or CJ 892 Thesis

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Criminal Justice Course Descriptions

Required Course Descriptions


(All classes are three credits unless otherwise noted.)

CRJ 710 Research Design and Methodology
Designed to enhance students' awareness of the fundamentals of research and research design. Students are required to adopt an individually designed research project that demonstrates their ability to conceptualize ideas in criminal justice and apply methods for exploring those ideas.

CRJ 711 Statistical Analysis
Focuses on probability and statistics with an emphasis on data analysis, including univariate and multivariate techniques. Statistical problem solving is engaged using various data-sources.

CRJ 816 Criminological Thought
A presentation of major theories of crime and criminality. Theories are analyzed by common sense, logic, evidence, policy utility and compatibility with one another. Theories will be examined through a discussion of measures, correlates and popular beliefs regarding the prevalence, causes and continuance of criminal offending.

CRJ 891 Policy and Strategy (Capstone Project)
Serves as the final evaluation for Criminal Justice students. Requires case studies and other materials to demonstrate oral and written competence in the areas of research, professional responsibility, and management. Analyzes issues of law, policy, and society, allowing students to integrate knowledge and experience as they apply ethical principles in developing effective strategies to confront issues facing practitioners within the realm of human service and criminal justice. Culminates with a final project presented to a faculty panel. Prerequisite: CRJ 710, 711 and completion of 24 credit hours.

CRJ 892 Thesis (Optional)
Facilitates thesis writing within criminal justice. Specific guidelines are available from the Program Director. Prerequisite: CRJ 710 and CRJ 711. Registration requires completion of 24 credit hours. Six credits

Elective Course Descriptions

(All classes are three credits unless otherwise noted.)

CRJ 630 Directed Study
Examines specific topics in criminal justice under the direction of a faculty advisor.

CRJ 712 Technology and Crime
Provides an overview of the intersection between technology and crime. This includes the study of criminal acts committed with the use of technology and the role of technology in investigation and analyzing crime rates and patterns.

CRJ 713 Forensic Anthropology
Designed to introduce the graduate student to the realm of Forensic Anthropology as a Forensic Science and its place within the criminal justice system for criminal investigation, civil matters, and human rights issues. The techniques of skeletal biology as they relate to Forensic Anthropology will be presented and will provide a foundation for an understanding of how these techniques fit into a team approach in forensic inquiry. The ethical and moral underpinnings of casework are presented, as well as, issues derived from working with families of traumatic death and multiple fatality events. Human rights exhumations of political dissidents and government ethnic cleansing campaigns will be presented and the legal presentation of forensic evidence at tribunals will be discussed.

CRJ 768 Organized Crime
Provides an analysis of the history and development of the traditional model of organized crime in the United States and an introduction to the changing landscape of the field by surveying the prominence of selected transnational criminal organizations. The organized crime groups are studied from the perspective of their roles as economic and non-state political actors.

CRJ 779 White Collar Crime
Studies the causes, laws, policies and consequences associated with crimes organized by those whose economic, political and privileged positions provide opportunity for the commission of white collar crimes.

CRJ 798 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
Rotating topics in Criminal Justice.

CRJ 799 Justice Colloquium
A seminar designed to allow for focused analysis on selected justice issues.

CRJ 803 Juvenile Offender
Explores the philosophy and practice of the juvenile justice system from the Illinois Juvenile Justice Act of 1899 to present policies and process. Students are challenged to critically examine the juvenile justice system - its mandate, separateness, and effectiveness.

CRJ 805 Forensics
Studies the application of science to law. Introduces forensic science concepts, history, processes and issues including how forensic science is linked with other components of the criminal justice system.

CRJ 806 Ethics in Public Safety
Examines ethical principles as they apply to the many practical problems that confront criminal justice professionals in the performance of their duties and responsibilities. Uses case studies to illustrate ethical reasoning and examine issues of social justice.

CRJ 808 Contemporary Case Law
An examination and analysis of recent decisions and opinions of federal and state courts around current issues in the criminal justice system.

CRJ 817 Victim Studies
Considers the evolution of the study of victimology from a historical perspective. It will focus on the scientific study of the physical, emotional and financial harm people suffer as victims in our society. The course will also examine the public's political, social, cultural and economic reactions to victimization.

CRJ 819 Violent Crimes
This course provides an analysis of contemporary violent crime, factors contributing to violence, the profile and motivation of various offenders, the legal consequences of violence and its impact on society.

CRJ 820 Police and Community Initiatives
Provides students with an understanding of the relationship that exists between the police and the community, and an examination of the police role in society and the psychological, sociological, and ethnic factors which influence this relationship.

CRJ 822 Criminal Justice and Public Policy
Facilitates critical thinking about the approaches to the delivery of public safety services in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of Rhode Island. Includes the study of actual behaviors and attitudes of individuals in various agencies in an attempt to understand and assess planning decisions. Develops concepts of interdependence, jurisdictional disputes and the goals of contemporary justice administration in a democratic society.

CRJ 823 Drugs and Human Behavior
Considers the effects of psychotropic substances on individual and societal human behavior. Students will study the history of drug use in the United States, and the development of regulatory and enforcement policies and practices. The behaviors studied will chronicle the effects of drug abuse upon individuals. Societal behaviors, domestic and international, that result from widespread use or trafficking of illegal drugs will also be examined.

CRJ 825 Policy Development in Community Corrections
Examines critically policy formation in probation, parole and community control through legislative initiatives and institutional philosophy in our state and federal systems.

CRJ 826 Social Issues in Criminal Justice
Examines those forces in a society that shape thinking and group attitudes. Gives special consideration to diverse issues related to the break down of the family structure, domestic violence, child abuse, problems of the economically deprived, race and ethnic relations, the homeless, the mentally ill, and alcoholism and drug abuse.

CRJ 827 Deviance in America
An analysis of various topics relevant to issues of deviance, their societal impact and solutions in both the individual and group setting.

CRJ 828 Women and Crime
Examines gender differences in criminal offending, criminological theory, and the experiences and treatment of women offenders, victims and professionals in the criminal justice system.

CRJ 829 The Supreme Court
Examines the role of the judiciary generally and the specifically in American government and American life. An analysis of recent decisions of the United States Supreme Court. Concentration will be on case analysis of major decisions as they impact upon the criminal justice system and its professionals.

CRJ 832 Penology
Examines the philosophy and practice of the penal system as it exists today. Students will critically examine the structure of the system, sentencing, alternative methods of punishment, and the effectiveness of capital punishment as a deterrent to crime.

CRJ 844 Principles of Security management
This course provides comprehensive coverage of principles and issues in security management. Students examine the historical growth and trends in security.

CRJ 850 The Analysis of Terrorism
Examines fundamental issues concerning terrorism, including the doctrine of systematic terrorism, current interpretations of terrorism, and its common patterns and motives. Probes the structure of organized terrorist groups, universally accepted military principles and doctrine, terrorist profiles and personalities, and the group dynamics of belonging to a terrorist organization. Examines prevention, societal impact, and federal, state, and local agency responses.

CRJ 852 Comparative Justice Systems
Studies criminal justice systems extent in various countries. The course will focus on the definition and organization of the nation state; its history and culture and how these shaped the legal system; its process; and the degree and role of democracy within the nation state.

CRJ 890 Internship
Provides advanced students with an opportunity to apply acquired skills at a specified agency. The internship is supervised by a faculty member and requires the student to submit a written proposal and final written report. Program Director approval required.

CRJ 912 Grantsmanship–Research, Writing and Relationships
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Learning Outcomes for the Graduate  Criminal Justice Program (PDF)

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For more information, including course details and admission requirements, please contact:


Graduate Studies and Continuing Education Admissions
gradadmissions@annamaria.edu
(508) 849-3423

Program Director
Patricia W. Gavin, M.S.
(508) 849-3377
pgavin@annamaria.edu
 
Graduate-Certificate in Homeland Security


Certificate in Homeland Security
The building of national security has taken on great importance in this day and age.  To succeed, professionals must be well educated on ethical and social issues of security, liberty, risk assessment and vulnerability, motivation, multiagency cooperation, intelligence cycles, victimization and fear, technology, resource management, and media/ mass communication informing them through the various processes and resources available while developing best practices, programs and policies in response.  To address these issues, Anna Maria College has developed a Graduate Certificate/Concentration in Homeland Security. 

Students enrolled in the Homeland Security Program have two options:  a stand-alone Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security for those looking beyond the undergraduate level and outside a degree program; or as a concentration under the Master of Criminal Justice or Public Administration Programs at Anna Maria College.

Required courses

The curriculum consists of 4 required courses (12 credits total):

HLS 701 Foundations of Homeland Security
HLS 702 Domestic Threat and Policy Analysis
HLS 703 International Threat and Policy Analysis
HLS 704 Partnerships for Homeland Security

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Homeland Security Course Descriptions

HLS 701 Foundations of Homeland Security
This course explains the history of building national security, its mission and its role. Through a consideration of best practices and the balance between security and liberty, it examines the organizational structures and resources required to defend the homeland. This course provides an overview of DHS operations including mission, operational planning, execution and evaluation, security and communications, intelligence collection and reporting, critical infrastructure protection, and ethical, social and economic issues including the need to address victimization and fear. 

HLS 702 Domestic Threat and Policy Analysis
This course examines, through an assessment of risk and vulnerability, various domestic groups' culture, history, ideology and motivation, capabilities, methods and activities within contexts of political, ethical, social, and legal issues. Included in this examination is the emergence and growth of paramilitary and terrorist groups within the United States.  Particular attention will be focused on U.S. policy, media impact, intelligence cycles, acts and procedures at governmental, state, and community levels. 

HLS 703 International Threat and Policy Analysis
This course examines, through a risk and vulnerability assessment of the global terrorism phenomenon, various international groups' culture, history, ideology and motivation, capabilities, methods and activities within contexts of political, ethical, social and legal issues. Included in this examination is the emergence and growth of extremist and terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda, Hamas, and other terrorist networks. Particular attention will be focused on U.S. foreign policy, media impact, intelligence cycles, acts and procedures at governmental, state, and community levels. 


HLS704 Partnerships for Homeland Security
This course will identify and analyze best practices in multiagency cooperation, including the roles of local, state, and federal law enforcement, intelligence, and emergency management agencies in conjunction with the public sector as required for collective welfare and implementation of the Homeland Security Act.  The role of technology and communication is included as well as an analysis of the Patriot Act, its practice, and its ethical, social and legal implications for American life today. 

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For more information, including course details and admission requirements, please contact:


Graduate Studies and Continuing Education Admissions
gradadmissions@annamaria.edu
(508) 849-3423

Program Director
Patricia W. Gavin, M.S.
(508) 849-3377
pgavin@annamaria.edu