Administration of Juvenile JusticeMaster’s Degree ProgramProspectiveStudent GuideA graduate degree program partnership betweenShippensburg University and thePennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges’ CommissionRevised 11/20191

Dear Prospective Student,Welcome to the Master’s Program in Administration of Juvenile Justice at ShippensburgUniversity of Pennsylvania. If you are interested in pursuing a Master’s degree in the field ofJuvenile Justice, this guide has been prepared expressly for you. While we have attempted toaddress the most frequently asked questions regarding our program, we encourage you tocontact our Graduate Education Coordinators, Mrs. Sonya Stokes at [email protected]edu orDr. Melissa L. Ricketts at [email protected], with any remaining questions.We look forward to hearing from you!TABLE OF CONTENTSProgram History . 3Program Goals . 3Faculty Overview . 3Educational Objectives . 4Student Learning Outcomes . 5Program Requirements for Graduation .5Required Core Courses 5Administration of Juvenile Justice Capstone Courses . 5Elective Courses . 5Course Delivery Information . 6Admission Information . 6Application Procedures. 6Application Timeline . 6Admission Information 7Program Eligibility. 7Program Costs . 7Admission Information . 7Interview . 8Orientation . 8Withdrawal or Removal .82

PROGRAM HISTORYIn 1982, The Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission (JCJC) established theCenter for Juvenile Justice Training and Research (CJJT&R) at Shippensburg University. CJJT&R is regarded as the state and nationallyrecognized training, education, and research center for juvenile justice inPennsylvania. The JCJC endeavored to increase professionalism andcultivate future leaders in the field of juvenile justice by offering aweekend master’s program in conjunction with the ShippensburgUniversity Criminal Justice Department. Since its inception, theGraduate Education Program has significantly contributed to theimprovement of services to delinquent children in Pennsylvania. TheJCJC provides a tool to help county juvenile probation departmentsrecruit and retain quality probation officers, increase their level of expertise and effectiveness, and create aprofessional climate conducive to creativity and research by sponsoring tuition scholarships to cover thecosts of the Graduate Education Program. The program also provides a networking system for juvenileprobation officers to meet colleagues from all over the state. In May 2016, the program was updated toreflect the current practices in the field of juvenile justice. Since 1982, over 600 juvenile justice probationofficers have earned their master’s degree through this program.PROGRAM GOALSThe Master of Science in Administration of Juvenile Justice Program at Shippensburg University provides aquality graduate program that promotes advanced inquiry and application of new knowledge. One of thecore values of Shippensburg University is to inspire and guide students to become successful leaders in theirprofessions and their communities. The program aims to serve the juvenile justice educational and researchneeds in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The emphasis of the program is scientific, because it isassumed that graduates will be better qualified to participate in the profession if they are prepared asresearch-oriented students of juvenile delinquency.FACULTY OVERVIEWProgram faculty participate in research and service activities that benefit criminal and juvenile justice andsocial service agencies locally, statewide, and nationally. The faculty’s involvement in research andcommunity affairs enhances the classroom experience, as faculty members are able to engage students indiscussions of current dilemmas and controversies. In most of our coursework, juvenile delinquency isviewed as social phenomena and are analyzed with methodologies developed in the social and behavioralsciences. Adjunct faculty, with subject matter experience and practical application from the field of juvenilejustice, are used to enhance our educational experience.3

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVESThe curriculum is guided by the following assessment objectiveswhich are evaluated on a yearly basis:OBJECTIVE 1: Comprehensive Knowledge of Juvenile Justice:Students will understand more readily the operations of boththe juvenile and criminal justice system and the many issues(both theoretical and practical) that confront theadministration of justice in a democratic society.KEY PROGRAMFEATURESOBJECTIVE 2: Critical Analysis:Students will understand more readily how to interpret,analyze, and evaluate issues of importance in the field ofjuvenile justice. Nationally recognizedprogram, taught byhighly qualified andexperienced faculty. Tuition and lodgingprovided by theJuvenile Court Judges’Commission. A hybrid 33-creditprogram with blendedonline and face-to-facecoursework . Two year program. A cohort-basedprogram designed toenhance professionalnetworking across theCommonwealth. Practical coursesdesigned for juvenileprobation officers withan emphasis onevidence-basedpractices.OBJECTIVE 3: Communication:Students will be able to more readily express their knowledgeand critical analysis ability through both written work andoral presentation.OBJECTIVE 4: Exposure to Human and Cultural Diversity:Faculty will expose students to the issues of diversity in thejuvenile justice system and provide opportunities forstudents to participate in experiences that promote diversity.OBJECTIVE 5: Exposure to Ethical Problem Solving:Faculty will expose students to the nature of ethics in generaland the role of normative ethics in the juvenile justice systemand provide opportunities for students to participate injuvenile justice-related situations (hypothetical or actual) thatdeal with ethical issues.OBJECTIVE 6: Exposure to Technology:Faculty will expose students to the use of technology in thefield of criminal justice in general and provide opportunitiesfor students to participate in juvenile justice related situationsthat deal with technological issues.4

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMESThe program is competency-based; its intent is todevelop in students a set of competencies jointlyarrived at by the Shippensburg University CriminalJustice Department and the JCJC. Education forexcellence in criminal and juvenile justice practice isthe guiding mission of the Department of CriminalJustice at Shippensburg University. The faculty whoteach in the JCJC program are committed to providinghigh quality education that will prepare students toprovide practitioner-based services that are ethical,impartial, and effective in a rapidly changing andincreasingly diverse society.Upon completion of the program, student learnersshould possess: An advanced understanding of administrativeprinciples and practices found in criminal andjuvenile justice agencies.PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS FORGRADUATION (33 credits)Criminal justice program information and coursedescriptions are in the graduate student catalog.Graduate students are expected to maintain asatisfactory academic standard, which requires acumulative QPA of 3.0 (B) or better in your totalprogram courses. If it drops below 3.0, or you earn aC grade in a graduate course, you will be placed onacademic probation.REQUIRED CORE COURSES (21 Credit Hours)AJJ 501: Seminar in Juvenile Justice & DelinquencyAJJ 502: Advanced Criminological TheoryAJJ 503: Leadership in Juvenile JusticeAJJ 504: Advanced Research MethodsAJJ 505: Quantitative AnalysisAJJ 506: Strategic Planning, Budgeting & Finance Advanced knowledge of theories relating to crime AJJ 507: Seminar in Policy Analysiscausation and criminality.ADMINISTRATION OF JUVENILE JUSTICE In-depth knowledge of the interdisciplinarynature of the criminal and juvenile justice system. CAPSTONE COURSES (6 Credit Hours)AJJ 551: Practicum IKnowledge of contemporary technologies used tomanage juvenile justice information.AJJ 552: Practicum IISkills that enable the learner to conduct andevaluate criminal and juvenile justice-relatedresearch.AJJ 520: Advanced Studies in PolicingAdvanced problem-solving skills that enable thelearner to identify, analyze, and solve juvenilejustice operational problems that affect thedelivery of criminal justice-related services.AJJ 523: Mental Health & the Administration of JusticeAdvanced reading, writing, and verbalcommunication skills.ELECTIVE COURSES (6 Credit Hours)AJJ 521: Seminar in VictimologyAJJ 522: Seminar in Social JusticeAJJ 524: Anatomy of ViolenceAJJ 525: Intimate Partner & Family ViolenceAJJ 540: Selected TopicsAJJ 541: Selected TopicsAJJ 550: Independent Study5

COURSE DELIVERY INFORMATIONFall 1Spring 1Summer 1ASummer 1BFall 2Spring 2AJJ 501AJJ 503AJJ 551AJJ—Elective 2*AJJ 505AJJ 506AJJ 502AJJ 504AJJ—Elective 1*AJJ 552AJJ 507* indicates 100% online classADMISSION INFORMATIONAPPLICATION PROCEDURESInterested applicants must follow application procedures for both the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission(JCJC) and Shippensburg University. The application process is facilitated online through ShippensburgUniversity. For your reference, below is the list of required materials: A completed Graduate Education Program Application (see Admissions Application for theShippensburg University, School of Graduate Studies or JCJC Website: ). A letter of Interest for Endorsement and Admission to the Administration of Juvenile Justice JCJCGraduate Education Program and the Shippensburg University School of Graduate Studies. This lettershould address the following issues: a) why you are a strong prospective student for endorsement; b)complete description of juvenile justice work experience; and, c) how you expect to use the graduateeducation experience to improve practices in the county from which application is made. The Recommendation Form is to be completed and signed by the Chief Juvenile Probation Officer in yourcounty. A copy of your resumé. A copy of your official undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) transcripts. A copy of your official GRE/MAT scores (applicable only if your undergraduate GPA is below 2.75/4.00).APPLICATION TIMELINEThere are a limited number of positions available for each cohort, admission is on a competitive basis. Thetimeline for enrollment and the application process is as follows:March 1stMayApplication deadline each year to begin in the fallsemester. Interested applicants must followapplication procedures for both the JCJC andShippensburg University as outlined above.The JCJC members endorse candidates. Prospectivestudents receive notification of endorsement andinstructions for registering for classes.AprilProspective student interviews at Shippensburg.AugustAdministration of Juvenile Justice JCJC GraduateEducation Program Orientation, signing of the letterof commitment .August/SeptemberClasses begin.6

ADMISSION INFORMATIONPROGRAM ELIGIBILITYThe program is available to full-time county juvenile probation officers in Pennsylvania who graduated froman accredited college or university with at least 18 credits in the behavioral or social sciences, and who havebeen, or will be, employed for at least two years prior to admission.PROGRAM COSTSThe JCJC pays all tuition costs and lodging. Students are responsible for all other costs including books,University fees, and travel expenses.CONDITIONS OF ADMISSIONStudents agree to attend the program continuously for two academic years, and to maintain their currentemployment status for the duration of the program and for at least two years after graduation. Students whofail to meet these conditions will be required to reimburse the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for all, or aportion of, tuition and boarding costs paid on their behalf.There are two primary requirements for admission to the Graduate Education Program: Acceptance into the Shippensburg University School of Graduate Studies. Endorsement by the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission.Applicants must meet all requirements of Shippensburg University’s School of Graduate Studies as definedin the current Graduate Catalog. Applicants should have a baccalaureate degree in criminal justice, or aclosely-related social science field from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum gradepoint average of 2.75/4.00. Applicants who do not meet the minimum grade point average requirement musttake either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) and score at or above the50th percentile.The Department of Criminal Justice recommends the GRE as it reflects a familiar testing format that issimilar to the SAT. The GRE assesses student strengths in verbal, quantitative, and analytical areas, whereasthe MAT only assesses student strengths in the area of verbal reasoning. With the Administration of JuvenileJustice program focus on academic research requiring strong verbal, quantitative, and analytical skills, theGRE provides for a better assessment of a student’s potential for success. Both the GRE and MAT requireacademic preparation to successfully complete. Upon request, assistance with GRE/MAT preparation may beavailable from the University.7

ADMISSION INFORMATIONINTERVIEWAdmission to the program is a competitive process which includes an in-person interview conducted by JCJCstaff, faculty from the Department of Criminal Justice and representatives from county juvenile probationdepartments. The interview process is a requirement for admission to the program and is highly influential inthe selection process. Prospective students are given the opportunity to explain why they would be a strongstudent in the program, and how their education can benefit their county and the Pennsylvania juvenilejustice system. The interview process ensures prospective students fully understand the necessarycommitment, rigorous nature and expectations of the program.ORIENTATIONStudents accepted into the program must attend a one-day Orientation. This session provides members ofeach new cohort with important information to be a successful graduate student at Shippensburg University.WITHDRAWAL or REMOVALUpon acceptance and agreement into the program, students will attend the program continuously for over thecourse of two years. Students who leave the program for any reason, will be required to have to reimburseall tuition costs and educational fees paid the date of agreement through the date of your withdrawal.Students who withdraw after the semester’s withdraw deadline, will be obligated to reimburse all tuition andeduca tional fees for that semester. According to university policy, a student who with draws past thesemester deadline will also receive failing grades for that semester.Students must maintain their employment status for the duration of the program and for two years followinggraduation. Graduates, who leave qualifying employment prior to the two-year mandate, will be responsiblefor costs on a prorated basis.Real life. Real learning. They happen here!8

Additional information can be obtained by contacting:Mrs. Sonya StokesDirector of Professional DevelopmentJuvenile Court Judges’ CommissionCenter for Juvenile Justice Training & ResearchShippensburg University216 Horton Hall1871 Old Main DriveShippensburg, PA [email protected] Melissa L. Ricketts, Ph.D.JCJC Graduate Program CoordinatorDepartment of Criminal JusticeShippensburg University311 Shippen HallShippensburg, PA riminal justice/graduate programs/9

Pennsylvania. The JCJC endeavored to increase professionalism and cultivate future leaders in the field of juvenile justice by offering a weekend master's program in conjunction with the Shippensburg University Criminal Justice Department. Since its inception, the Graduate Education Program has significantly contributed to the