2012-2013 Catalog 
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2012-2013 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Family Support Studies - Associate in Applied Science-T Degree

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PGM Code – 434U 

Program Description Family Support Studies is a unique program at the college which has received national recognition. Coursework provides education and training to students currently working or desiring to work with individuals and their families using Family Support practice and principles. The approach nurtures families’ healthy development by looking at families’ strengths, connecting families to community resources, and supporting and empowering parents to become advocates for their families.

This Associate in Applied Science-T (AAS-T) is professional technical degree with a core of general education courses commonly accepted in transfer. Professional-technical degrees are not designed for transfer to other colleges or universities. Several four-year colleges and universities have specific bachelor’s degree programs that accept the AAS-T degree: Evergreen State College, Antioch University, Seattle Pacific University, University of Phoenix, and City University.

Students seeking to transfer to degree programs other than those specifically designed for the AAS-T should consider the Associate of Arts or the Associate of Science degree, which are specifically designed for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Common Course Numbering  Please refer to www.edcc.edu/ccn for more information.

Credit/Grade Requirements The AAS-T degree is awarded upon completion of 90 credits as outlined. A minimum of 30 credits or one-third of the required credits, whichever is less, must be earned at Edmonds Community College. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all college-level courses. Students who have completed core course work for a human services or early childhood degree may only need to complete the 20 FSS credits specific to the Family Support AAS-T requirements.

Transfer of Credit Non-family support credits will transfer from any accredited college to satisfy all non-family support requirements. To transfer non-family support credits, students must request an evaluation of their college transcripts through the college registration office. This should be done during the student’s first quarter at the college.

Cultural Diversity Requirement All students earning degrees and certificates of 45 credits or more must meet a cultural diversity (CD) requirement by completing courses marked as “CD” on the requirement sheet and/or “Meets Cultural Diversity Requirement” in the quarterly class schedule. Those courses may also be used to fulfill other requirements of the degree or certificate.

Students are advised to

  • Consult with a Family Support Studies faculty adviser quarterly for course selection and completion of degree requirements and plan their schedule several quarters in advance (Note: All decisions on selection of courses are ultimately the responsibility of the student),
  • Review the college catalog for required course prerequisites and include these in schedule planning, and
  • Meet with an adviser of the college they plan to transfer to review specific admission requirements.

Graduation Application A completed Graduation Application form must be submitted to Enrollment Services by the 10th day of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate. Forms are available online or at Enrollment Services located in Lynnwood Hall. Note applications for summer quarter are due by the 8th day of the quarter.

College Resources
College Website | www.edcc.edu
How to Enroll | www.edcc.edu/es
Transfer Center | www.edcc.edu/transfer
College Bookstore | www.edcc.edu/bookstore
Advising Appointments | 425.640.1458

The adviser for this program is
Helen Nissani | helen.nissani@edcc.edu | 425.640.1163

Department website
Family Support Services | www.edcc.edu/fss

Advising Note

This program requirement sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic adviser. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds Community College certificate or degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

I. General Education Requirements (15 credits)

A. Communication Skills (10 credits)

B. Quantitative Skills (5 credits)

Cultural Diversity Requirement

____Cultural Diversity Requirement met.

General Education Requirements Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate General Education Learning Outcomes in each of the following areas:

Communication Skills: Write in clear, effective ways, adapted to audience, context, and purpose.
Quantitative Skills: Apply mathematical, quantitative or symbolic models to solve problems, draw inferences, or support conclusions appropriate to an individual discipline.
Cultural Diversity: Apply multiple perspectives when examining cultural differences and interacting in multicultural settings.

II. Distribution Requirements (10 credits)

Ten (10) credits in social science, humanities, or science are required and may be selected from generally accepted transfer courses. To view course choices, see

  1. Humanities Distribution Course List ,
  2. Natural Sciences and Mathematics Distribution Course List , or
  3. Social Sciences Distribution Course List 

Distribution Requirements Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate Distribution Learning Outcomes in each of the following areas:

Humanities: Use Humanities-based methods to reason, communicate, make meaning, solve problems and/or create or perform cultural works for diverse audiences and purposes.
Natural Sciences and Mathematics: Use scientific and mathematical methods, modes of inquiry, and terminology to demonstrate knowledge, comprehension, and application of science concepts and insights.
Social Sciences: Use Social Science theories and methods to reason, communicate, apply insights, solve problems, and to develop a critical understanding of the diversity and interdependence of peoples and cultures.

III. Program Requirements (30 credits)

 Thirty credits must be earned from courses listed below.  Credits will transfer as required and elective courses.

Program Requirements Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Program Learning Requirements for this degree, students will be able to:
  • Demonstrate culturally relevant and responsive practices.
  • Describe and demonstrate ability to apply strategies for developing mutually respectful relationships with families.
  • Apply family support principles and practices to current or prospective work.
  • Identify leadership practices, skills and strategies that promote healthy families.

IV. Program Electives (to complete 90 credits)

May be selected from the list below to complete 90 credits required for degree.
Parent Mentor classes have been approved as substitutions where indicated.
Courses marked with (+) are IBEST / Parent Mentor courses - permission is required to enroll.

Program Electives Learning Outcome

Students will demonstrate the following Learning Outcome from Program Elective courses:

Demonstrate a breadth or depth of knowledge and skill, according to the students’ independent selection of degree elective courses or according to the program’s specialized areas of focus.


Adviser’s Signature and Date

Dean’s Signature and Date

Eff: summer 2012  |  Rev: 06/12

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