Lakewood University

Criminal Justice & Mediation Certificate

Program Highlights
  • 32 Week Program
  • Accredited
  • Instructor Assistance
  • Your Own Success Coach
  • Books Included in Tuition

As this is one of our combination programs, you will find that there are two different course descriptions; one for each portion of the program:

Criminal Justice:
The Criminal Justice program provides a comprehensive understanding of the American justice system and its occupations. This program contains many topics regarding traditional justice issues such as effective policing, courts, causes of crime, prisons, sentencing, probation, and the types of crime. Legal standards and current events are used to explain ethical conduct, the usage of various criminal policing tools, and the challenges of balancing security against liberty. Learner’s study: the prevalence of DNA technology & electronic surveillance, U.S. citizens’ constitutional protections, non-traditional occupations, and Social Media Career Tips. Participants determine where their skills and interests are best suited for acquiring professional job satisfaction and career success. With 24-hour access to course materials, many innovative tools encourage active learning. Videos, miniessays, and short lessons test further knowledge. Class Discussions keep learners connected and participatory. Freedom of choice among some coursework allows students to focus on their areas of interest. Each student is easily able to monitor their course completion status. By the end of the course, many of the assignments and discussions become resourceful tools for local employment searching, protections against cybercrime, and blatant professional misconduct avoidance.

Mediation and dispute resolution are rapidly growing fields of study and sought-after skills in the workplace. This comprehensive course provides the core skill sets necessary for the practice of mediation. As it becomes more and more apparent that individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and nations must begin to work together in peaceful ways for the common good, mediation and dispute resolution are poised to become increasingly popular. In mediation, a neutral third party, the mediator, works with both sides of a dispute to have them agree on their terms, without someone else deciding what is best for them. Students are guided through stages of mediation and how these stages apply to actual case studies of mediation. Students are offered an overview of the nature of conflict and differing styles of human interaction and are asked to explore their unique style of engaging or avoiding conflict and how this might affect their role as a mediator. The course presents an overview of theories of conflict and power, influences of gender and culture, and how each helps inform a mediator’s interventions. The vital skill set of negotiation, including how to apply negotiation techniques, the critical issue of timing and caucuses, and other techniques to deal with impasses in the mediation, are presented. The course covers the standards and ethics of this growing profession. Students learn core people skills such as reflective listening, impartiality, reframing, effective communication, and the handling of critical moments.

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Program Outcomes
  • Discuss the basics of criminal law from arrest to parole
  • Identify major causes of crime and local crime issues
  • Locate Supreme Court opinions to identify legal issues
  • Identify and explain U.S. Constitutional rights
  • Deconstruct acts of domestic terrorism
  • Formulate elements of a crime from statutes
  • Define and measure crime using official reference tools
  • Describe law enforcement rules and effective strategies
  • Describe the trial process, the purpose of each stage, and the role of judges
  • Explain various punishments and sentences for crimes
  • Define probation, community corrections, and parole
  • Describe the conditions and purposes of prisons and jails
  • Discuss various Criminal Justice career opportunities
  • Identify use of force rules and anti-crime technologies
  • Construct an effective search warrant statement
  • Interpret ethical issues in policing and corrections
  • Consider the impact of crimes on victims
  • Identify various conflict resolution processes
  • Discuss career opportunities available in the conflict resolution field upon successful completion of this program
  • Identify and explain the five stages of mediation
  • Write an opening statement effectively
  • Illustrate barriers to communication
  • Argue negotiation tactics to specific scenarios effectively
  • Utilize active listening strategies
  • Distinguish between various effective strategies for developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrate skills for forming mutually acceptable agreements
  • Construct an effective mediation agreement
  • Interpret ethical issues that may arise
  • Write a mediated divorce agreement
  • Assemble a marketing strategy for mediation practice
Program Outline
Lesson 1: Criminal Justice Today & Causes of Crime »
Lesson 2: The Crime Picture»
Lesson 3: Inside Criminal Law»
Lesson 4: Law Enforcement Today»
Lesson 5: Problems and Solutions»
Lesson 6: Police and Constitution»
Lesson 7: Courts and the Quest for Justice»
Lesson 8: Pretrial Procedures»
Lesson 9: The Criminal Trial»
Lesson 10: Punishment and Sentencing»
Lesson 11: Probation, Parole, and Intermediate Sanctions»
Lesson 12: Prisons and Jails »
Lesson 13: The Prison Experience and Prisoner Reentry »
Lesson 14: The Juvenile Justice System »
Lesson 15: Today’s Challenges »
Lesson 16: Final Exam and Projects »
Lesson 17: Conflict Resolution Overview »
Lesson 18: Mediation History »
Lesson 19: The Formal Mediation Process »
Lesson 20: Legal Considerations in Mediation »
Lesson 21: The Convening Stage »
Lesson 22: The Opening Statement »
Lesson 23: Communication & Information Gathering »
Lesson 24: Relationship Skills »
Lesson 25: Problem Solving Skills »
Lesson 26: Conflict Management Skills »
Lesson 27: The Closing Stage »
Lesson 28: Ethics »
Lesson 29: Professional Family Mediation Skills »
Lesson 29: Professional Family Mediation Skills »
Lesson 30: Professional Business Mediation Skills »
Lesson 31: Mediation Practice and Final Exam »
What You Receive

Lakewood University provides everything you need for the Criminal Justice Professional. You will receive,

  • Comprehensive Criminal Justice text & study guides
  • Career search & time management guides
  • Open-book, online exams
  • Instructor guidance and unlimited tutoring
  • Your own Student Success Coach!
  • Access to our online library!
  • Networking with Lakewood’s active student and alumni social community
Career Outlook

As the economy continues to move upward, many law enforcement and corrections agencies are hiring. Add in the numbers of baby boomer senior officers who are reaching retirement and there will be a big demand for highly-qualified applicants to fill the void. Let’s examine anticipated career opportunities within the criminal justice field.

Employment of police and detectives is projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The continued need for public safety is expected to lead to new openings for officers, although demand may vary by location.

The median annual wage for police and detectives was $65,170 in May 2019.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Police and Detectives, on the Internet at (visited August 09, 2020).

Program Cost
Payment PlanTotal TuitionEnroll
Pay in full
Payment in full: $14,400.00
Tuition: $14,400.00

Lakewood University provides all textbooks, study guides, supplemental materials, achievement exams, and instructional support at no cost to the student.

This is a 1200 clock hour program with a tuition cost of $12= per clock hour (1200 clock hours X $12 per clock hour = $7400.00 in tuition).

Administrative Fees (in addition to the tuition above)

Application Fee- $75 for degree programs; $0 for vocational programs

Registration Fee – $200 for degree programs; $125 for vocational programs

Library Fee – $100 per degree semester; $250 per vocational program term