Law Enforcement Licensing Certificate
The Law Enforcement Licensing Certificate is a cohort program which takes three semesters (one academic year) to complete and begins each fall. Most courses are taught in hybrid format using web-based, online technology with Saturday classes on campus. All major courses must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.
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Acceptance to the Program
To be eligible for acceptance to the Law Enforcement Licensing Certificate program, students must submit an application to the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice before applying for admission to the university. The following must be completed:
- Bachelor's degree (or higher) in any discipline from a regionally accredited college/university
Minnesota Peace Officer Licensure Requirements
The certificate program meets all Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) learning objectives.
Students interested in becoming a licensed peace officer in Minnesota should be aware of the following minimum selection standards established by the POST Board. An applicant must:
- be a citizen of the United States;
- possess a valid Minnesota driver's license;
- complete a comprehensive written application;
- never have been convicted of a felony, assault, theft or other convictions as identified by the POST Board Minimum Selection Standards for Licensure;
- submit to a thorough background investigation;
- be fingerprinted for a background check;
- undergo an evaluation by a licensed psychologist;
- pass job-related physical strength and agility exams;
- successfully complete an oral exam demonstrating communication skills;
- the applicant must not be required to register as a predatory offender; and
- be license-eligible by completing an associate or bachelor's degree and passing the POST licensing exam.
Detailed, current information regarding the POST minimum selection standards is available on the POST Board website and through the SLC Advising Center.
Note: Emergency Medical Responder is required for the POST exam and must be approved by the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB).
Prerequisites (6 credits)
- CJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
- CJS 302 Juvenile Justice
(must be completed at a Minnesota POST-certified college or university)
Core Courses (28 credits)
The certificate program core courses are offered in the following sequence:
- LAWE 250 Law I
- LAWE 500 Best Practices in Law Enforcement Communication and Social Dynamics
- LAWE 325 Criminal Procedure and Investigation
- LAWE 251 Law II
- LAWE 311 Best Practices in Police Community Interaction
- LAWE 502 Best Practices in Law Enforcement Ethics and Police Leadership
- Law Enforcement Skills Practicum (registration by permission only) (LAWE 225, 227, 228, 229 and 231)