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Public Safety and Paralegal Studies

School of Public Safety

Valencia College’s School of Public Safety provides comprehensive education, training and resources for our communities’ first responders. It houses three major program areas: Criminal Justice, Fire Rescue and Safety and SecurityOur law enforcement and corrections academies and fire science academy and minimum standards class for fire fighters meet Florida’s training requirements and qualify students to take the state certification exams within their field. We also offer industry certifications and advanced specialized training, as well as two-year Associate in Science (A.S) degrees in Criminal Justice and Fire Science Technology.

Paralegal Studies, Associate in Science (A.S.) degree

Valencia’s Paralegal Studies Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program will prepare you to become a legal assistant in a law firm, bank, corporation and government agency.
Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law.

Advanced Specialized Training and Continuing Education

Valencia offers professional training courses, programs, seminars and workshops dedicated to the public safety community, including specialized training for sworn Florida law enforcement, corrections or probation officers, and fire service professionals of all levels.

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Programs & Degrees

    Associate in Science

    The A.S. degree prepares you to enter a specialized career field in about two years. It also transfers to the Bachelor of Applied Science program offered at some universities. If the program is “articulated,” it will also transfer to a B.A. or B.S. degree program at a designated university.

    Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Academy Track

    The Law Enforcement Academy Track is an A.S. Degree program that is designed to provide students with the education, training, skills and abilities for a successful law enforcement career. The program will introduce students to a wide range of topics, including criminal justice, legal knowledge, defensive tactics, investigations and the court system, among others. Students can complete four semesters of intensive coursework over a two-year timeframe.

    Fire Science Academy Track

    The Fire Science Academy is a fast-paced degree-granting program that provides students with three components of career development in just two years: A.S. degree in Fire Science Technology, EMT (Emergency Medical Technology) Technical Certificate (must pass a state exam), and Minimum Standards Training – Firefighter I and Firefighter II (must pass a state exam).


    A certificate prepares you to enter a specialized career field or upgrade your skills for job advancement. Most can be completed in one year or less. Credits earned can be applied toward a related A.S. degree program.

    Technical Certificate

    Technical Certificate programs require prescribed technical courses and may require general education courses, for a minimum of 12 college credits. Students who complete the course work prescribed in a Technical Certificate automatically will receive the certificate. Also, students may request a Technical Certificate from the academic department.

    Continuing Education

    Continuing Education provides non-degree, non-credit programs including industry-focused training, professional development, language courses, certifications and custom course development for organizations. Day, evening, weekend and online learning opportunities are available.

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