Online Criminal Justice Associate Degree Program | Penn Foster College

Online Criminal Justice Degree Program

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Program Overview

At Penn Foster College, you can earn your Criminal Justice Associate degree and take the first steps toward a career in a wide range of criminal justice settings. Our online Criminal Justice associate degree program covers topics such as: evidence, criminal procedures, community corrections, criminal law, administration of justice, supervision, and leadership.

Penn Foster College helps you study at home or on the go, and at a pace that's right for you. You'll receive instruction from dedicated faculty members, like practicing attorney Lawrence Pierce. And we average $79 per credit with no application fee. If you would like to continue your education, you can transfer all of your credits into Penn Foster College's Criminal Justice Bachelor's degree

Our program can also help get you ready to continue your education. Most courses in this program have been recommended for transfer credit eligibility by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®) and over 2,000 schools consider ACE CREDIT recommendations for credit transfers. It’s important to note that no form of accreditation guarantees that any learning institution will accept credits from any school as transfer credits. The decision to transfer credits is up to the individual institutions and students who play to continue with another school after completing coursework at Penn Foster College should check with that school regarding its transfer credit policies. For more information about ACE CREDIT, visit their website at www.acenet.edu/credit.

Associate Degrees from Penn Foster College are awarded under licensing from the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

Curriculum Details

Program Goal and Outcomes

Program Goal

To prepare students for professional opportunities in the criminal justice field and for a wide array of entry-level positions in criminal justice, or to prepare for further training.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate effective written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrate a high level of inquiry, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrate effective quantitative skills
  • Demonstrate computer and information literacy
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the liberal arts, natural sciences, and social sciences
  • Discuss the legal system in the United States, including the origins and history of the law, the development of common law, statutory law, constitutional law and how this affects the criminal justice system
  • Analyze the substantive and procedural operations of the criminal justice system with focus on the prosecutorial, judicial, and defense functions
  • Evaluate issues of justice, professionalism and ethics within law enforcement, the courts, and the private sector security industry
  • Examine the external and internal factors that control the dynamics of law enforcement from the police, prosecution, and defense perspectives as they apply to ethical, moral, and legal applications
  • Discuss the origins and development of the law of search and seizure on the federal and state levels, the ethical and legal issues surrounding the exclusionary rule as it impacts the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, and the workings of an adversarial system of justice
  • Discuss the principles of criminal responsibility and the requirement of culpable mental states, the various defenses used to negate or to mitigate criminal liability, victims' interaction with the criminal justice system, and the prevailing theories and philosophies for criminal punishment including restitution, retribution, rehabilitation.
  • Discuss and compare recognized biological, psychological, and sociological theories about the causes of criminal behavior and the types of criminal behavior and methods for predicting future crime.
  • Analyze the management and organizational components in the modern police organization and the various methods and theories of policing, including reactive, proactive, problem-solving, community policing.

Semester 1

Basic Skills Assessment

All degree applicants are required to complete two Basic Skills Assessments, one in reading and one in math, to determine the level of readiness for beginning their selected program. Additional studies may be required.

CJS100 Criminal Justice Orientation 1 credit

Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program, and become familiar with the criminal justice system.

Objectives:

  • Understand how to use your Student Portal, including your My Homepage and My Courses pages.
  • Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers.
  • Connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
  • Describe how the police legal system and corrections system work together to solve crimes, make arrests, prosecute cases, and deal with convicted offenders.
  • Identify the different tasks that police officers, private security personnel, and federal law enforcement officers do in their jobs.
  • Outline the steps of the criminal justice process, starting with the arrest, moving through
ENG103 Information Literacy 1 credit

Get better at finding and using information!

Objectives:

  • Search the Internet more effectively.
  • Get tips about search engines and reliable websites.
  • Learn how to search libraries and other information centers for important, useful information.
CJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 credits

Begin your study of the exciting field of criminal justice.

Objectives:

  • Understand the nature of crime and victimization.
  • Describe the organization, role, and function of the police, as well as issues in policing.
  • Identify the goals of punishment and sentencing as well as the role of correctional institutions.
  • Discuss how society deals with juvenile justice issues.
CJS123 Courts 3 credits

Learn about the U.S. legal system and the law.

Objectives:

  • Understand how history has shaped the organization and structure of our contemporary courts.
  • Describe the structure of the court system.
  • Discuss the sources of law and the foundations of U.S. law.
  • Explain the differences between civil and criminal litigation and between litigation in the state and in the federal courts.
  • Outline the litigation process.
CSC104 Computer Applications 3 credits

This course will allow you to build your computer skills through a combination of reading and hands-on practice. You will navigate popular software tools such as Windows® and Microsoft® Office.

Objectives:

  • Create, edit, and illustrate Microsoft® Word™ documents.
  • Apply formulas and functions to large data sets in Microsoft® Excel.®
  • Incorporate useful charts and graphs to summarize data.
  • Add, delete, sort, and lay out table data.
  • Create presentations in Microsoft® PowerPoint® using advanced tools, tables, and charts.
ENG100 English Composition 3 credits

This course will allow you to polish and enhance your writing skills.

Objectives:

  • Effectively use free writing and brainstorming.
  • Perfect your ability to edit and revise your writing.
  • Apply techniques for getting the reader’s attention.
  • Write descriptive essays, first-person narratives, reflective essays, persuasive essays, and effective thesis statements.

Additional Course Materials:

  • Textbook: Successful College Writing
  • Supplement: The Little, Brown Essential Handbook
SSC130 Essentials of Psychology 3 credits

This course will introduce you to the relationship between biology and behavior. You will learn about the human development throughout the life span.

Objectives:

  • Identify major psychological theories.
  • Discuss consciousness, memory, thought, and language.
  • Define intelligence, personality, and stress.
  • Analyze the role of gender in psychology.
  • Explain how community influences behavior.

Additional Course Material:

  • Textbook: Psychology and Your Life
Proctored Examination

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Semester 2

CJS308 Criminology 3 credits

Criminology is the study of the nature, extent, causes, and control of criminal behavior.

Objectives:

  • Discuss the many interrelationships of the criminal enterprise, the criminal justice system, and the study of the reasons for criminality.
  • Become familiar with the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) and the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
  • Identify the different types of research used in the criminal justice field.
  • Understand the purpose of research.

Course Assignment:

  • Complete a research project on racial profiling, street gangs, motor vehicle theft and the fourth and fifth amendments.
SSC105 World Civilizations 3 credits

This course serves as an introduction to many of the major events of the fifteenth through twenty-first centuries and examines the causal relationships between events and trends.

Additional Course Material:

  • Textbook: Understanding World Societies: A Brief History, Volume 2: Since 1450
CJS120 Police Studies 3 credits

Looks at the role of policing in America; discusses the existence of a police subculture, the role of management, and the nature of patrolling; considers different strategies for investigating and solving problems; includes a discussion about ethics, civil liability, and possible directions for policing in the future.

Objectives:

  • Explain the roles and functions of police in American society
  • Describe the development of policing, and recognize how it shaped policing in the modern era
  • Describe the processes involved in police training, selection, and development, including the impact of race and gender
  • Discuss the structure of police organizations, and describe levels of administration and supervision
  • Explain how various police operations are carried out, including those performed by patrol, investigations, traffic, and paramilitary units
  • Discuss the issue of police discretion, including how and when police officers use discretion and its effects
  • Define police use of force, and discuss the patterns and legal requirements for use of force
  • Describe the major perspectives of police behavior, and discuss why the police can be seen as a subculture
  • Describe the role of ethics within police operations, and list several forms of police deviance
  • Discuss the nature of criminal and civil liability as they relate to police operations
  • Describe the factors that impact the relationship between the police and the public, and explain the concepts of crime prevention and community policing
  • Discuss the nature and extent of the drug problem in the United States, and describe the nation's strategy in terms of police planning and operations
  • Discuss the issues associated with terrorism and homeland security as they affect society and the institution of policing

Textbook: Policing in America

Course Assignment:

  • Complete a research project regarding the investigation and analysis of “victimless” crimes.
CJS238 Criminal Law 3 credits

Criminal law involves prosecution by the government of a person for an act that has been classified as a crime.

Objectives:

  • Explain the principles of criminal responsibility Distinguish between morality and law
  • Describe how crimes are classified
  • Cite the origins of criminal law
  • Describe the police power of government
  • Analyze constitutional limitations on criminal liability
  • Cite the basic elements of a criminal act
  • Deconstruct inchoate, or anticipatory, crimes, crimes against the person, and crimes against property, habitation, and public morality
  • Outline the various defenses and punishments

Course Assignment:

  • Complete a research project where you’ll assume the perspective of a criminal defense lawyer in two high-profile murder cases.
CJS105 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3 credits

Responding to situations ethically is crucial to public protection and the integrity of the legal profession.

Objectives:

  • Describe morality and ethics within the context of human behavior.
  • Discuss issues of ethics and law enforcement.
  • Discuss the ethics of both punishment and correction.

Course Assignment:

  • Complete a research project and provide ethical solutions to five given scenarios.
Core Criminal Justice Elective (Choose one) 3 credits

CJS130-Police Management

This course discusses aspects of law enforcement management and supervision.

Objectives:

  • Discuss community policing and problem-oriented policing adopted by progressive police agencies.
  • Describe the latest research on supervision, organizational theory, and police administrative policy.

CJS135-Introduction to Private Security

Private security departments must focus on the delivery of competent service to organizations and communities. 

Objectives:

  • Compare private security to public law enforcement.
  • Describe how the private security industry is regulated.
  • Identify when a private security officer may make an arrest.
  • Identify when the use of force and deadly force are justifiable.
Proctored Examination

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Semester 3

CJS203 Criminal Procedures 3 credits

Become familiar with the procedures used in criminal cases. 

Objectives:

  • Outline the framework for studying criminal procedures.
  • Handle matters involving arrests, search warrants, and probable cause.
  • Describe exceptions to search warrant requirements.
  • Discuss admissions, confessions, and pretrial identification.

Course Assignment:

  • Complete a research project and apply what you’ve learned about criminal procedures to a real-life criminal justice case as chronicled in the book, The Innocent Man.
Science Elective (Choose one) 3 credits

SCI120 - Introduction to Biology

This course will allow you to explore the origin of life and the relationships among all living things.

Objectives:

  • Explain how organisms are structured and how they work.
  • Discuss the various forms of life and their processes.

SCI140 - Nutrition 

This course will allow you to develop a healthier lifestyle by making smarter nutritional decisions.

Objectives:

  • Explain the various components of nutrition as a science.
  • Describe nutrition from a global viewpoint.
  • Understand the importance of water and exercise.
  • Identify the basics of human growth and aging.
  • Discuss food safety procedures.

SCI110 - Earth Science

This course will allow you to learn about planet Earth and the various aspects of the environment.

Objectives:

  • Describe specific characteristics of Earth.
  • Describe different types of rocks and minerals.
Core Criminal Justice Elective (Choose one) 3 credits

CJS220-Police: Organized Crime

This course opens with a consideration of the development and structure of organized crime, looks at the different types of criminal activity typical to organized crime, reviews international organized crime, and closes with a consideration of the tools and means available to law enforcement to battle organized crime.

Objectives:

  • Discuss organized crime and the different theories offered to account for its existence
  • Summarize the origins of American organized crime in various cities and among different ethnic groups
  • Analyze the development of organized crime internationally Explain the varied activities of organized crime
  • Describe the response of law enforcement to organized crime on a local, national, and international level

CJS225-Security: White Collar Crime

Understand how white collar crime is financially motivated and nonviolent and is committed for illegal monetary gain.

Objectives:

  • Discuss various theories of white collar crime.
  • Describe occupational and governmental crime.
  • Explain how police attempt to regulate white collar crime.

Prerequisites:

  • Courts - CJS123
  • Criminal Law - CJS238
CJS230 Criminalistics 3 credits

Forensic experts have tremendous responsibilities.

Objectives:

  • Outlines the duties of a criminalist.
  • Describe the functions of a crime lab.
  • List the types of evidence, analysis, and instruments used for investigative testing.
  • Secure and process a crime scene.

Course Assignments:

  • Complete a research project and apply what you’ve learned about criminalistics. Investigate and write about the use of the internet to solve crimes.
Arts and Humanities Elective (Choose one) 3 credits

HUM102-Art Appreciation

This course will provide you with the foundational knowledge needed to critique a variety of artwork.

Objectives:

  • Understand artistic media.
  • Identify historical periods and artistic movements.
  • Explain the roles of the artist and the viewer.

HUM104-Music Appreciation

This course will help you understand and appreciate the art of music.

Objectives:

  • Explain the roles of the composer and the listener.
  • Describe music theory, instrumentation, and historical periods.
  • Distinguish various styles of music.

ENG115 - Introduction to Literature 

This course will allow you to develop your critical thinking skills and broaden your knowledge of literature.

Objectives:

  • Identify themes and forms of literature.
  • Define the main genres of literature—poetry, fiction, and drama.
MAT115 Intermediate Algebra 3 credits

This course introduces basic algebraic concepts that you’ll need to be successful in your career.

Objectives:

  • Understand the systems of equations, polynomials, and radicals.
  • Factor polynomial expressions.
  • Simplify rational expressions.
Proctored Examination

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Semester 4

CJS235 Multicultural Law Enforcement 3 credits

Examine the issues of crime and justice with respect to race and ethnicity.

Objectives:

  • Discuss how race and ethnicity affect the likelihood of being victims of crime or offenders.
  • Describe how people of various races and ethnicity are treated in criminal courtrooms and by police.

Prerequisites:

  • Police Studies – CJS120
Core Criminal Justice Electives (Choose one) 3 credits

CJS210-Police: Crime Scene Investigation Basics

Crime scene investigation entails mastering and practicing acceptable procedures and techniques, and it has become a growing concern in the law enforcement practice.

Objectives:

  • Describe general crime scene investigation operations and tactics.
  • Properly handle physical evidence.
  • Understand the nature of criminal and civil liability as they relate to criminal investigation.

CJS245-Security: Security/Loss Prevention

This course covers the primary functions of private security personnel.

Objectives:

  • Use proven strategies to prevent and reduce loss that normally results from crime, accidents, fire, error, disasters, and mismanagement.
  • Maintain order on private property.
  • Protect people and property against crimes and disasters.
Free Criminal Justice Elective (Choose one) 3 credits

CJS205-Juveniles and the Legal Process (3 credits)

Juvenile justice is a field for criminal justice professionals that offers a great deal of hope for permanent rehabilitation.

Objectives:

  • Explain the philosophies and theories of the juvenile justice system.
  • Identify the risk factors for delinquency.
  • Discuss the different types of corrections available to juvenile offenders.

CJS307-Victimology (3 credits)

For every crime committed, there's a victim. Study the social science of victimology

Objectives:

  • Identify a victim's rights.
  • Describe the relationship between the victim and the criminal justice system.
  • Discuss how the criminal justice system might be changed to better serve victims.

CJS211-Correctional Institutions (3 credits)

Explore the American correctional context, correctional practices, and a number of correctional issues and perspectives.

Objectives:

  • Describe how the penitentiary form of imprisonment can aid in offender rehabilitation.
  • Identify the factors involved in deciding whether to release an offender.
  • Explain how offenders are managed in the community.

CJS215-Terrorism (3 credits)

Terrorism became a major concern for all American citizens after the September 11, 2001 attacks, especially for law enforcement professionals.

Objectives:

  • Discuss the theory and practice of domestic and international terrorism.
  • Describe the world of the terrorist.
  • Understand the role of law enforcement and security to keep our country functioning and free of domestic terrorism.
Core Criminal Justice Elective (Choose one) 3 credits

CJS350-Police: Community Corrections

Not all offenders who break society’s laws are incarcerated in jails or penitentiaries. Many such offenders stay in the community and have their behavior monitored by long-standing systems such as probation, parole, house arrest, or other programs.

Objectives:

  • Describe the role and function of probation and parole.
  • Discuss the issues involved with community-based corrections for the drug and alcohol addicted, the mentally ill, sex offenders, women, and juveniles.

CJS255-Security: Computer-Based Crime

Cyberspace is an environment favorable to committing some traditional crimes and to creating new ones.

Objectives:

  • Classify computer crimes in terms of targets, means, and incidentals.
  • Describe the processing of information at the scene, including taking pictures, making sketches, looking for trace evidence, locating evidence, and bagging and tagging.

Prerequisites: CJS101-Introduction to Criminal Justice

Free Criminal Justice Elective (Choose one) 3 credits

CJS205-Juveniles and the Legal Process (3 credits)

Juvenile justice is a field for criminal justice professionals that offers a great deal of hope for permanent rehabilitation.

Objectives:

  • Explain the philosophies and theories of the juvenile justice system.
  • Identify the risk factors for delinquency.
  • Discuss the different types of corrections available to juvenile offenders.

CJS307-Victimology (3 credits)

For every crime committed, there's a victim. Study the social science of victimology

Objectives:

  • Identify a victim's rights.
  • Describe the relationship between the victim and the criminal justice system.
  • Discuss how the criminal justice system might be changed to better serve victims.

CJS211-Correctional Institutions (3 credits)

Explore the American correctional context, correctional practices, and a number of correctional issues and perspectives.

Objectives:

  • Describe how the penitentiary form of imprisonment can aid in offender rehabilitation.
  • Identify the factors involved in deciding whether to release an offender.
  • Explain how offenders are managed in the community.

CJS215-Terrorism (3 credits)

Terrorism became a major concern for all American citizens after the September 11, 2001 attacks, especially for law enforcement professionals.

Objectives:

  • Discuss the theory and practice of domestic and international terrorism.
  • Describe the world of the terrorist.
  • Understand the role of law enforcement and security to keep our country functioning and free of domestic terrorism.
Core Criminal Justice Elective (Choose one) 3 credits

CJS260-Police: Crisis Intervention

Crises are a normal part of our lives. Whether it’s a devastating flood, a terrorist attack, cancer, or a loss of primary income, crisis workers have to be able to help clients overcome negative feelings and painful emotions.

Objectives:

  • Deal with people in crisis in a culturally sensitive manner.
  • Describe the different types of crises experienced in adolescence.
  • Understand how to handle loss, posttraumatic stress disorder, and crises of victimization.

Prerequisites: Police Studies – CJS120

CJS265-Security: Management

The security manager functions in the roles of loss prevention specialist, administrator, investigator, educator, team player, risk assessor, planner, budget master, and troubleshooter.

Objectives:

  • Outlines the goals of security management.
  • Describe regulations in the security industry.
  • Discuss the major threats to safety and security.
Proctored Examination

You will be required to complete a proctored exam on selected courses each semester. These assessments will evaluate the knowledge and skills that you learned during the semester. You choose the time, the location, and the qualified exam supervisor.

Electives

Free Criminal Justice Elective (Choose one) 3 credits

SSC125 - Introduction to Sociology

This course is designed to introduce you to social structure and social interaction through groups, networks, and organizations. Study politics, the economy, population, social movements, technology, and social change.

Objectives:

  • Describe deviance, crime, and social control.
  • Discuss the effects of stratification, racial and ethnic inequality, sex, gender, and sexuality.
  • Examine the role of health, family, education, and religion in human behavior.

CJS307-Victimology (3 credits)

For every crime committed, there's a victim. Study the social science of victimology

Objectives:

  • Identify a victim's rights.
  • Describe the relationship between the victim and the criminal justice system.
  • Discuss how the criminal justice system might be changed to better serve victims.

CJS211-Correctional Institutions (3 credits)

Explore the American correctional context, correctional practices, and a number of correctional issues and perspectives.

Objectives:

  • Describe how the penitentiary form of imprisonment can aid in offender rehabilitation.
  • Identify the factors involved in deciding whether to release an offender.
  • Explain how offenders are managed in the community.

CJS215-Terrorism (3 credits)

Terrorism became a major concern for all American citizens after the September 11, 2001 attacks, especially for law enforcement professionals.

Objectives:

  • Discuss the theory and practice of domestic and international terrorism.
  • Describe the world of the terrorist.
  • Understand the role of law enforcement and security to keep our country functioning and free of domestic terrorism.

CJS205-Juveniles and the Legal Process (3 credits)

Juvenile justice is a field for criminal justice professionals that offers a great deal of hope for permanent rehabilitation.

Objectives:

  • Explain the philosophies and theories of the juvenile justice system.
  • Identify the risk factors for delinquency.
  • Discuss the different types of corrections available to juvenile offenders.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete all 4 semesters.
  • Pass all courses.
  • Achieve a cumulative Quality Point Average (QPA) of 2.0 or higher.

Computer Specifications
You will need high-speed internet access to begin your program. You will need access to a Microsoft® Windows® based computer running Windows® 7 or later or an Apple® Mac® computer running OS X® or later, Microsoft® Office 2013, and an email account to complete your program with Penn Foster.

NOTE: Advanced standing student shipments may vary from the above schedule.
Although this outline covers all four semesters of your program, you receive lesson materials for each semester as you enroll.
We reserve the right to change program content and materials when it becomes necessary.
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Criminal Justice Associate Degree Program Details

In the Penn Foster Criminal Justice Associate degree program you'll cover topics such as:

Online Criminal Justice Degree Program

The Criminal Justice Online Associate Degree Program will teach you how to respond to crises, deal with security issues, and even handle criminal investigations. The program can also serve as supplemental education for park rangers, environmental conservation officers, United States Park police, and police officers.

Here are a few qualities that effective criminal justice professionals have in common:

  • Detail oriented: It’s important to have a sharp eye and be able to analyze a situation.
  • Dependable: Clients and law enforcement rely on you to be organized and prepared.
  • Persistent: You work well under pressure and in the face of obstacles.
  • Honest: You are honest and ethical in investigations and security concerns.
  • Cooperative: You are pleasant and listen to what others have to say regarding projects and tasks.

Before I came to Penn Foster I was a security officer, and I didn’t have any type of goals or anything I could look forward to. I came to Penn Foster, and Penn Foster changed my whole entire life.

- James T., Criminal Justice graduate

After earning my degree I received a pay increase and a promotion to a supervisor position. In my opinion, Penn Foster College ranks among the top online colleges in the world. The instructors are superb, helpful, and there with you every step of the way. Also, the student services representatives are courteous and understanding; they are there to answer any questions you may have. After each assignment I completed, the staff of Penn Foster always had encouraging statements that helped me to stay on course. Congrats to Penn Foster College on being the best and bringing the best out of me.

- Shawn C., Criminal Justice graduate

Your program includes:

  • Customized payment plans with 0% interest
  • Learning aids
  • Goal-setting and progress-tracking tools
  • Instructional support from our experienced faculty
  • Access 24/7 to Penn Foster’s online community, plus immediate membership in the Criminal Justice academic group
  • Your personalized online student homepage and learning portal
  • Additional resources such as our online library and career guidance from Career Cruising

Are webinars included in the Criminal Justice degree programs, and how do I sign up for webinars?

Yes, there are several webinars for Criminal Justice students. Students register for webinars through the student portal. More information on webinars can be found on our Community.

Can you transfer credits from the Criminal Justice Associate Degree Program to the Criminal Justice Bachelor’s Degree Program at Penn Foster College?

Yes, credits earned toward Penn Foster College's Associate Degree in Criminal Justice are transferable to Penn Foster College's Bachelor's Degree Program in Criminal Justice.

Will my Penn Foster College credits transfer to other schools?

Penn Foster College credits have been accepted for transfer into many colleges across the country. Students should check with a specific college to see if they accept our credits, as credit transfer can vary depending on the school. Also, the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for many Penn Foster College courses. No form of accreditation guarantees that any learning institution will accept credits from any school as transfer credits. For more information on transferring credits, click here.

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¹ Credits earned in Penn Foster College programs may transfer to some, but not all, learning institutions. If you are planning to continue your education with another school after you earn your degree from Penn Foster College, you should check with that school regarding credit transfer policies. No form of accreditation guarantees that any learning institution will accept credits from any school as transfer credits.

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