Prerequisites Courses
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice 

  • Juvenile Justice - Must be from a POST-certified school

Fall Semester
  • LAWE 220: Legal Studies in Law Enforcement (4 Credits) 

  • LAWE 210: Procedural Studies in Law Enforcement (3 Credits) - Lab Component 

  • CJS 375: Ethics and Professionalism In Law Enforcement (4 Credits)

Spring Semester
  • LAWE 301: Policing in the 21st Century (4 Credits) - Lab Component 
  • LAWE 320: Law and Human Behavior (4 Credits) - Lab Component
Summer Semester
  • LAWE 050, 224, 227, 228, 229: Law Enforcement Skills Practicum (6 Credits)

Tentative Academic Schedule*

Fall Semester - 2017 | Program Orientation - Saturday, August 5, 2017
  • LAWE 220: Legal Studies in Law Enforcement Saturday (8:30 am to 4:00 pm) - August 19, 26 and September 9, 16, 23 
  • LAWE 210: Procedural Studies in Law Enforcement Saturday (8:30 am to 4:00 pm) - September 30 and October 7, 14, 21, 28 
  • CJS 375: Ethics and Professionalism In Law Enforcement Saturday (8:30 am to 4:00 pm) - November 4, 11, 18 and December 2, 9
Spring Semester - 2018
  • LAWE 301: Policing in the 21st Century Saturday (8:30 am to 4:00 pm) - Dates Pending 
  • LAWE 320: Law and Human Behavior Saturday (8:30 am to 4:00 pm) - Dates Pending
Summer Semester - 2018
  • LAWE 050, 224, 227, 228, 229: Law Enforcement Skills Practicum - Dates Pending Tentative: Monday - Thursday (5:30 to 9:30 pm) and Saturday (8:00 to 5:00 pm)

*Courses are offered sequentially on Saturdays during fall and spring semesters. If a Saturday course does not meet minimum enrollment, it will still be offered as part of the traditional academic schedule in which each of the required courses are generally held once a week in the evening (Monday-Thursday). The skills practicums are offered summer semester. Students in the certificate program have traditionally defaulted to the skills practicum held evenings during the week and all-day Saturday, but can petition to be in the skills practicum held on weekdays. This practice will likely be continued for this cohort group, but is subject to change.

Other Considerations

Emergency Medical Responder Training/Certification

Emergency Medical Responder (First Responder) certification or higher is not required to graduate from this program. However, it is needed prior to receiving sign-off to take the Minnesota peace officer licensing exam. This certification must be through the Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB). Students need to submit a copy of their EMSRB card (does not have to be current) to the P.O.S.T. Coordinator at Metropolitan State University before requesting sign-off to take the Minnesota peace officer licensing exam.

Independent Online Learning

The free web-based training available through the FEMA Emergency Management Institute will be utilized to satisfy the following learning objectives mandated by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training.

Since 2015, PATROL (Peace Officer Accredited TRaining OnLine) web-based training has been integrated into the summer skills practicum for Metropolitan State University students at no additional cost. Although PATROL will continue to be used to supplement topics already covered in the skills practicum, it will also be utilized to satisfy the following learning objectives mandated by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training.

  • Bloodborne and Airborne Pathogens 
  • Hazardous Materials, Explosives and Bomb Threats