Criminal Justice Department
Texas Peace Officer Sequence Certification

This program is the academic alternative to the Basic Peace Officer Training Course required by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) for all Texas Peace Officers to be licensed.

The Criminal Justice Program Coordinator (Department Chair) must approve all enrollments into the Texas Peace Officer Certificate Program. Interested students must consult with the Program Coordinator one semester prior to registration.

Before a student will be accepted into the certificate program, the following documents and requirements must be received and satisfied in compliance with TCOLE rules, state law and ACC policy:

  • criminal records check and FBI fingerprinting,
  • drug free report,
  • physical examination,
  • psychological examination,
  • proof of U.S. citizenship,
  • valid driver's license,
  • DD-214 if military,
  • college transcripts and any other documentation that may be required.
  • Students must have, at minimum, an associate's degree (does not have to be in criminal justice) before being endorsed to challenge the state exam. A degree is NOT required prior to entering the program but must be obtained before the student will be endorsed to sit for the state exam.

    Students transferring into the program from other institutions, with a criminal justice major, may be allowed to receive transfer credit for core courses if they are comparable with ACC criminal justice courses. All students are required to complete the four (4) sequence courses (see certificate plan below for required certificate program courses) with ACC.

    Students with non-criminal justice degrees must successfully complete all seven (7) courses in the "Core Curriculum" and the four (4) sequence courses (see certificate plan below for required certificate program courses).

    Students without degrees must complete the associate's degree with the seven (7) core courses and the four (4) sequence courses (see certificate plan below for required certificate program courses)..

    All students in the sequence program must pass a comprehensive department examination and apply for graduation in the certificate program before they will be endorsed to challenge the exam.

    The Academic Endorsement of Eligibility qualifies and permits a student to take the "Peace Officer Licensing Examination" which is prepared and administered by TCOLE.

    Core Curriculum

    Credit Hours

    CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice


    CRIJ 1306 Court Systems and Practices


    CRIJ 1310 Fundamentals of Criminal Law


    CRIJ 1313 Juvenile Justice System


    CRIJ 2314 Criminal Investigation


    CRIJ 2323 Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement


    CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices




    Peace Officer Sequence


    CJLE 2420 Texas Peace Officer Procedures


    CJLE 2421 Texas Peace Officer Law


    CJLE 2522 Texas Peace Officer Skills


    #CJLE 2424 Texas Peace Officer Capstone






    #Capstone course ~ Must be taken in last term.