Magnet Program Courses

Criminal Justice
Law Enforcement
National Security
Corrections
Panther
Fire Fighting
First Aid
Forensic Science

The Magnet Program offers vital programs of study starting with Core Criminal Justice course.  This course introduces the cadets to law enforcement at the National, State, and Local agencies, as well as Fire Fighting and First Aid.  Other topics such as courts, probation and parole are introduced as well as the concepts of criminal and civil law as well as Crime Scene Investigation (Forensic Science).  Students in this course may engage in the physical activity of handcuffing, practicing vehicle stops, identifying weapons and suspects and suspect control and care.  Cadets may also practice the proper use of fire equipment, such as helmets, jackets and pants, and learn how to handle fire hoses, axes, and breathing apparatus.  Cadets may also practice cases in a courtroom setting which is located at the academy where they learn court procedures and processes.



Principles of Public Service
:  Introduction. Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security introduces students to professions in law enforcement, security, corrections, and fire and emergency management services. Students will examine the roles and responsibilities of police, courts, corrections, private security, and protective agencies of fire and emergency services. The course provides students with an overview of the skills necessary for careers in law enforcement, fire service, security, and corrections.

Law Enforcement I (One to Two Credits).  General requirements. This course is recommended for students in Grades 10-12. Recommended prerequisite: Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security.  Introduction. Law Enforcement I is an overview of the history, organization, and functions of local, state, and federal law enforcement. This course includes the role of constitutional law, the United States legal system, criminal law, law enforcement terminology, and the classification and elements of crime.

Law Enforcement II (One to Two Credits).  General requirements. This course is recommended for students in Grades 11-12. Recommended prerequisite: Law Enforcement I.  Introduction. Law Enforcement II provides the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare for a career in law enforcement. This course includes the ethical and legal responsibilities, operation of police and emergency telecommunication equipment, and courtroom testimony.

Court Systems and Practices (One to Two Credits). General requirements. This course is recommended for students in Grades 10-12. Recommended prerequisite: Law Enforcement I.  Introduction. Court Systems and Practices is an overview of the federal and state court systems. The course identifies the roles of judicial officers and the trial processes from pretrial to sentencing and examines the types and rules of evidence. Emphasis is placed on constitutional laws for criminal procedures such as search and seizure, stop and frisk, and interrogation.

Correctional Services (One to Two Credits).  General requirements. This course is recommended for students in Grades 11-12. Recommended prerequisite: Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security.  Introduction. In Correctional Services, students prepare for certification required for employment as a correctional officer. The student will learn the role and responsibilities of a correctional officer; discuss relevant rules, regulations, and laws; and discuss defensive tactics, restraint techniques, and first aid procedures as used in the correctional setting. The student will analyze rehabilitation and alternatives to institutionalization.

Security Services (One to Two Credits).
General requirements. This course is recommended for students in Grades 11-12. Recommended prerequisite: Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security.  Introduction. Security Services provides the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare for certification in security services. The course provides an overview of security elements and types of organizations with a focus on security measures used to protect lives, property, and proprietary information.

National Security (Two to Three Credits).  General requirements. This course is recommended for students in Grades 10-12. Recommended prerequisites: Principles of Government and Public Administration and Public Management and Administration. Introduction. National Security introduces the students to the aspects of disaster management. The course includes engaging simulation exercises related to natural disasters, man-made disasters, and terror events.

Firefighter I (One to Two Credits).  General requirements. This course is recommended for students in Grades 10-12. Recommended prerequisite: Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security.  Introduction. Firefighter I introduces students to firefighter safety and development. Students will analyze Texas Commission on Fire Protection rules and regulations, proper incident reporting and records, proper use of personal protections equipment, and the principles of fire safety.

Firefighter II (Two to Three Credits).  General requirements. This course is recommended for students in Grades 11-12. Prerequisite: Firefighter I. Recommended prerequisite: Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security.  Introduction. Firefighter II is the second in a series for students studying firefighter safety and development. Students will understand Texas Commission on Fire Protection rules and regulations, proper incident reporting and records, proper use of personal protections equipment, and the principles of fire safety. Students will use procedures for use of fire extinguishers, ladder, fire hose, and water supply apparatus.

Practicum in Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (Two to Three Credits).   General requirements. This course is recommended for students in Grades 11-12. The practicum course is a paid or unpaid capstone experience for students participating in a coherent sequence of career and technical education courses in the Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security cluster.  Introduction. The Practicum is designed to give students supervised practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills. Practicum experiences can occur in a variety of locations appropriate to the nature and level of experience.

Forensic Science (One Credit).  General requirements. The course is recommended for students in Grades 11-12. Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry. Recommended prerequisites: Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security and Law Enforcement I. To receive credit in science, students must meet the 40% laboratory and fieldwork requirement identified in §74.3(b)(2)(C) of this title (relating to Description of a Required Secondary Curriculum).

Forensic Science is a course that uses a structured and scientific approach to the investigation of crimes of assault, abuse and neglect, domestic violence, accidental death, homicide, and the psychology of criminal behavior. Students will learn terminology and investigative procedures related to crime scene, questioning, interviewing, criminal behavior characteristics, truth detection, and scientific procedures used to solve crimes. Using scientific methods, students will collect and analyze evidence through case studies and simulated crime scenes such as fingerprint analysis, ballistics, and blood spatter analysis. Students will learn the history, legal aspects, and career options for forensic science.