Other ways to prepare for a career in law enforcement
Several Criminal Justice careers require additional schooling and training beyond college graduation. Police academies and law school are the two most common examples. eAchieve Academy career-planning resources help our students find the right path for their academic and career goals.
Taking a challenging combination of regular, honors & AP classes and always striving for the best grades possible will help you prepare for even bigger challenges in college and look good on your applications.
Criminal Justice admissions at top colleges & universities
After high school you’ll want to get into college to get a Criminal Justice degree. eAchieve Academy graduates have been accepted into colleges and universities across the United States. We’ve even had students accepted at international institutions. While some police academies only require a high school diploma, many prefer four-year degrees. Law schools require all students to have undergraduate degrees.
Additionally, eAchieve Academy has electives and service learning courses to maximize your transcript for colleges. Our optional classes cover music, art, cooking, astronomy, and foreign languages. These classes look great on a transcript and give you a chance to expand your skills.
High school classes for future criminal investigators
Criminal investigator roles are one of the main reasons high school students become interested in the criminal justice field. Demand for qualified criminal investigators (which can include detectives, crime scene investigators, special agents and more) is predicted to increase in coming years. To become a criminal investigator you should choose classes that help you develop the required skills for crime scene investigation.
Specific high school classes to take for criminal investigation jobs include:
Our online criminal law course introduces high school students to the background and current operations of our legal system. You’ll get an overview of constitutional law, law enforcement, the trial system and corrections.
Students learn to observe, collect, analyze and evaluate evidence associated with criminal cases. Through scientific reasoning and critical thinking, students evaluate the use of scientific principles as they apply to criminalistics and other life situations.
Understanding a criminal’s motivation is a key part of solving a crime. Studying psychology can help you gain insight into mental processes and behaviors as well as common disorders. It can help you evaluate people and relationships, develop theories and communicate them clearly. We also offer AP Psychology online.
Our online social issues class looks at the complex relationships between human behavior, culture, and society. The point of this class is to teach students about how people perceive both the positive and negative aspects of living in a human society. Increasing your understanding of different perspectives and behaviors will be extremely helpful in a criminal investigation context.
Criminal investigators need to be able to compose and organize written reports and analyze written evidence. English classes like Composition and Communication can also help you develop language skills you’ll need for interviewing, persuading and building an argument. A strong foundation in English builds critical thinking abilities you’ll use when examining both people and facts.
Spanish 1 (& 2, 3, 4)
Spanish is the fastest-growing foreign language in the US, and becoming fluent is easier the earlier you start. Being able to speak Spanish or another foreign language not only makes your job as a criminal investigator easier, it can give you an edge over other job candidates, and leverage to negotiate a higher salary. In addition to regular foreign language courses we offer AP Spanish and AP French online.
AP Computer Science Principles
Online research, computer forensics and surveillance are just some of the technology-based tools CIs can use to gather evidence to build a strong case. The more comfortable you are using computers and software, the better prepared you’ll be for any number of jobs, not just crime investigation.
Government is a required high school course, and it’s especially helpful for students interested in pursuing a criminal justice career. You’ll learn about the structure and functions of the different branches of government and get the opportunity to develop an issue-based research project.
You’ll at least need a high school diploma to get hired in an entry level position and start a career path toward criminal investigator.
Many students serious about becoming a criminal investigator choose to get a bachelor’s degree or even a master’s degree, as these can help you earn better pay and faster career advancement.
High school courses needed for criminology
Criminology is a relatively new role in the broader criminal justice field. Criminologists study and analyze all aspects of crime in order to develop policies that will prevent criminal behavior. They also advocate for fair and humane treatment of criminals in the corrections system.
Like to figure out why people act the way they do? Want to help prevent crime? A job in criminology might be the perfect fit.
Because criminology requires examining data and identifying patters, strong math skills are required. But criminologists aren’t necessarily restricted to a lab or office setting. Criminology can also involve interviewing criminals and working in partnership with law enforcement professionals and politicians.
Skills needed for a successful career in criminology include research, organization, analysis, writing and interpersonal skills. Recommended high school classes to prepare for a college degree and eventual job in criminology include:
To be a criminologist you’ll need at least a Bachelor’s degree and possibly a Master’s. The more math, science and social sciences you take in high school, the better prepared you’ll be for college-level coursework in those same areas.
eAchieve Academy has the resources to help you prepare for many Criminal Justice careers:
- Conservation officer, park ranger, or DNR officer
- Police officer
- State trooper
- US marshal
- Correctional officer
- Probation or parole officer
- Juvenile corrections officer
- Crime scene investigator (CSI)
- Crime analyst
- Fire investigator
- Computer forensics investigator or information security officer (ISSO)
- Private investigator
- Security guard
- Emergency dispatcher
Federal law enforcement agents:
- Homeland Security
- Secret Service
More About eAchieve Academy
From police academies to law school, you need a high school degree for any Criminal Justice career. A diploma from eAchieve Academy is exactly the same as one from any other Wisconsin public school. Of course, we have a lot of advantages over a brick-and-mortar school.
Our fully accredited, K-12 public charter school offers FREE enrollment and tuition for Wisconsin students under the age of 21. No matter which WI school district you live in, you're welcome to apply at our online public charter school.
Online classes at eAchieve offers students flexible, customized approach to learning. Students receive personalized learning plan and the support they need to excel academically. All our teachers are Wisconsin-certified teachers averaging 20 or more years of classroom experience.
Sign up for our online classes to get your diploma and start a Criminal Justice career path. Learn more about how eAchieve Academy works.