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Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security

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Careers in planning, managing, and providing legal, public safety, protective services and homeland security, including professional and technical support services


To access the curriculum, mouse over the image below and click on the courses that indicate there are lessons available.

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Curriculum MapPrinciples of Law, Public Safety, Corrections & SecurityLaw Enforcement IFirefighter ICorrectional ServicesCourt Systems & PracticesSecurity ServicesForensic ScienceFirefighter IIPracticum in Law, Public Safety, Corrections & SecurityLaw Enforcement II


Students today are interested in careers in law enforcement, forensics, homeland security, law, investigations, corrections and dispatching, to name just a few. The Law, Public Safety, Correction and Security Cluster has all this and more! Whether you are a new teacher or one who has been teaching for years, this cluster page is for you. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the forecast for the homeland security industry is growth from $40 billion in 2004 to $180 billion in 2015. Since many of the personnel for homeland security positions are recruited from existing cluster occupations, the result will be an increasing growth in jobs. With new certifications and skills being discovered every day to better prepare students for these jobs, this is the place to come to find the material you need to be the best teacher that you can be, regardless of which Law, Public Safety, Corrections or Security course you are teaching.

There are five pathways under the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Cluster:

  • Legal Services
  • Law Enforcement Services
  • Security and Protective Services
  • Emergency and Fire Management Services
  • Correction Services

Accommodations for Learning Differences

It is important that lessons accommodate the needs of every learner. Each of the lessons included in this cluster may be modified to accommodate your students with learning differences by referencing the following files also found on the Special Populations page of this web site. Select the links below for access to these files.


Career Awareness

Third Grade Career Awareness

Fifth Grade Career Awareness

Seventh Grade Career Awareness

Middle School Career Awareness

Special thanks to curriculum contributors:

  • Cindy Greenleaf
  • Reginaldo Olivares
  • Jose Olivas
  • Matthew Shomer


Is there any certifications t

Donahoe's picture

Is there any certifications that can be given to high school students or dual credit classes offered to high school students who plan on going to college and majoring in criminal justice

Yes there are. I currently

pjimenez3's picture

Yes there are. I currently teach dual credit here at Horizon high School. We teach Court systems & Practices and Fundamentals of Criminal Law. as for certifications there are NAED 911 Emergency Dispatcher, TDCJ (corrections), CPR, CERT (disaster response)...

Amber, are there videos

dgarza42's picture

Amber, are there videos available we can use to supplement instruction? For example, LPSCS communication demonstration videos?

I am trying to find posters

pthomas's picture

I am trying to find posters to decorate my classroom and having difficulty. I would like to combine: Police, Probation, Jail, Prison/Corrections, and Parole. I have been to or spoken to all of the local agencies and they do not have any.Can you help?
Thank you for your time.

I know TABC is accommodating

cmulla's picture

I know TABC is accommodating with all sorts of information geared towards under aged drinking...Ask the state LE agencies and TDCJ for posters etc.

Good luck

I need help!! My school wants

cbasurto's picture

I need help!! My school wants me teach forensic science, but what do I need to do? Does TEA allow CTE teachers to teach Forensic science? I was a Police Officer for 12 years and have a BS in CJ, but what else do I need?
Do I need a Biology certification?

You should probably be

dena.hickey's picture

You should probably be science certified to teach that class. Check with TEA web site for that. We have science teachers teaching it here.

How often are the Clusters

cmulla's picture

How often are the Clusters updated? I have a bunch of information for my LE II class but some things I'm lacking. Anyone know who to contact for additional information for some of the subject matter in LE II?