Lesson Introduction

Overview of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Career Cluster

Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security Career Cluster logo
The Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (LPSCS) Career Cluster encompasses jobs that focus on protecting and serving the public. Popular career options in this cluster include law, law enforcement, forensics, homeland security, investigations, corrections, and dispatching.

Career Pathways

Instructional content for the LPSCS Career Cluster is divided into five pathways:

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

Teacher Resources


To help students learn more about careers in Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security, download and distribute the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security College and Career Planning Guide. The guide makes an excellent critical reading assignment for students enrolled in a practicum course in this career cluster.

WBL Experiences

The Practicum in Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security course is recommended as a capstone experience. Students may be placed in either a paid or unpaid work experiences. Be sure to review the related TEKS before you create the outline of training.

Age restrictions, the inherent danger of related occupations, and other employment requirements limit the number of approvable training stations for students interested in pursuing careers in this cluster. However, it may be possible to place students in less restricted work experiences such as a dispatcher or office worker so they can gain an understanding of the industry as a whole.

Take a moment to bookmark the TEKS for Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security.

Course Prerequisites

The Practicum in Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security course is recommended for students in grades 11-12 who are participating in a coherent sequence of courses. It is designed to give students supervised practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills.

The Principles of Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security course is a recommended prerequisite for students interested in the practicum course.

Legal and Safety Considerations

Occupations in the LPSCS Career Cluster focus on protecting public safety. Teachers should collaborate with the training sponsor to develop both general and occupation-specific safety training objectives for the training plan. It is a good idea to assign students to research and report on legal and safety considerations to demonstrate their understanding of an occupation and its industry.

Pre-Employment Requirements

Possible legal or safety prerequisites for working at a training site in this cluster may include:

  • age verification (which varies according to occupation);
  • criminal background check;
  • CPR/first aid certification;
  • drug tests; and
  • OSHA Public Sector Safety and Health Fundamentals training.

Curriculum Resources

To promote educational excellence in career and technical education, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) launched the Texas CTE Resource Center.






Take a moment to bookmark the Texas CTE Resource Center website. Later, be sure to explore curriculum guidelines and instructional resources for the AFNR Career Cluster.


Career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) provide students with additional opportunities to acquire and demonstrate skills and abilities related to their chosen career field. The CTSO that is most closely related to careers in law, public safety, corrections and security is SkillsUSA Texas, but there are several other CTSOs your students may be interested in exploring. Become familiar with them all so you can help students select the organization that best supports their career goals.


Take a few moments to bookmark the SkillsUSA Texas website to explore later.

Professional Associations

Get involved in at least one career and technical education (CTE) professional association. They are excellent sources of cluster-specific teaching tools, ideas, networking, and mentors.

The professional association that most closely relates to law, public safety, corrections, and security careers is the Texas Industrial Vocational Association (TIVA), but there are other related associations that may interest you. You may also want to check with your colleagues for advice.



Take a few moments to bookmark the CTE professional association websites below to explore later.

Texas Industrial Vocational Association (TIVA)
Texas Business and Technology Educators Association (TBTEA)
Texas Health Occupations Association
Texas Technology & Engineering Educators (TTEE)

Lesson Conclusion