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2010-2011 Catalog 
2010-2011 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Services, Certificate

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The Certificate in Human Services is designed for direct support professionals in a wide variety of social service settings. It builds on the content focused curriculum of the Certificate of Completion in Human Services, while exposing students to the broader general education curriculum of a liberal arts education. The Certificate is envisioned as a second tier in the career ladder for direct support professionals currently working in a human service setting, as well as those intending to move directly into human services without pursuing additional education.

Students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively in a wide variety of direct services roles. The Certificate will also provide an academic foundation, including English and math proficiencies, that will enable them to advance beyond entry-level positions and assume more leadership roles.

Students completing the Certificate in Human Services may choose to continue their education by enrolling in the Associate of Arts degree in Human Services/Pre-Social Work. Pursuit of a degree in social work is also possible by transferring to a fouryear college with an accredited B.S.W. program with junior status upon completion of the A.A. degree.

Graduates are able to:

  • use a comprehensive ecological model to assess client situations prior to intervening
  • demonstrate English proficiency in written and verbal communication
  • model and explain self-determination and empowerment in human service settings
  • access community resources for target populations receiving social services
  • employ a strengths-based approach to assessment
  • identify and apply interdisciplinary theories in situational assessment
  • access social science data to support intervention strategies, needs assessment, and program development

Total Credits 33

1 In consultation with their sponsoring agency (if applicable), select a course from among the following specialized electives: Introduction to Disabilities  (HMNS 110 ), Introduction to Gerontology  (HMNS 220 ), Introduction to Women & Gender (WGST 110 ), Juvenile Delinquency (CRMJ 212 ), Introduction to Special Education (HMNS 240 ), Perspectives in Death and Dying (NURS 221 ) or successful completion of the Child Welfare Certificate Program (evaluation pending).

2 Statistics I (MATH 110 ) is recommended for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution.

3 Mathematics by official placement test. Students may not take courses below placement level.

4 Select a course from the appropriate category of the General Education list.  

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