2015-2016 Academic Catalog 
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2015-2016 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Family Support Studies - Family Support Core Certificate

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Program Description The Family Support Core Certificate offers students certification upon completion of the core courses in the Family Support Program. Designed for practitioners working in the field to meet educational standards for Family Support competencies. This Certificate requires successful completion of a minimum of 23 credits as outlined.

Advising Note This program requirement sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic advisor. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds CC certificate or degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

Program Requirements (minimum 23 credits)


  1. Apply the principles of family support and demonstrate best practices in human services, education, or prevention program settings.
  2. Demonstrate ability to effectively work with individuals using communication skills, group interaction, problem solving, and ethical procedures.
  3. Identify local, regional, and state services that are available to families and individuals.
  4. Apply knowledge of community collaborations and identify barriers to services.
  5. Demonstrate leadership skills and techniques, including empowering others to become natural leaders in the community.
  6. Demonstrate a knowledge of family systems and governmental, social, and political systems that affect families.

*See Program Requirements Notes

Program Notes

The program code for this certificate is 434E. For financial aid, advising, and other reasons, students should work with their advisor to ensure that this code is properly recorded on their academic record.
  • Family Support Studies is a unique program at the college which has received national recognition. Coursework provides education and training to students currently working with individuals and their families using family support practice and principles. The approach nurtures healthy development of families by looking at strengths, connecting families to community resources, and supporting and empowering parents to become advocates for their families.
  • The program is designed to bring individuals from diverse disciplines together in a common study of family support principles and practices. Students have found employment in various fields of interest including: health, education, and human services.
  • The certification is an abbreviated certificate awarded upon completion of the core courses in Family Support.

The advisors for this program are:
Karen Townsend | karen.townsend@edcc.edu | 425.640.1595
Christina Coiro | ccoiro@edcc.edu | 425.640.1981
Tui Lindsey | tui.lindsey@edcc.edu | 425.640.1633

Department website:
Social and Human Services | www.edcc.edu/shs 
Family Support Services | www.edcc.edu/fss

*Program Requirements Note:

  • Courses may be taken in any sequence. Special Topics Family Support Studies (FSS) classes may substitute for these program requirements with faculty advisor approval. CD indicates cultural diversity designation.
  • Courses marked with an asterisk (*) taken with SHS 104 and SHS 117 also meets the requirements for the Prevention Specialist Certificate of Completion, which covers the educational component of the state of Washington’s Associate Prevention Professional (APP) credential.

Certificate General Information

Credit/Grade Requirements A minimum of 30 credits or one-third of the required college-level (100-level or above) credits, whichever is less, must be earned at Edmonds CC. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all college-level courses.

Program of Study Outcomes Student achievement is assessed in the general and program specific outcomes via the courses and course objectives that align with those outcomes. More information about program outcomes and course objectives can be found on the Using Program Requirement Sheets  page.

Students Are Advised To:

  • Plan their schedule several quarters in advance in order to accommodate courses that are offered only once or twice a year;
  • Review the college catalog for required course prerequisites and include these in schedule planning; and
  • Communicate with an academic advisor and/or a faculty advisor.

Graduation Application A completed Graduation Application form must be submitted online by the 10th day of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate. Note: Applications for summer quarter are due by the 8th day of the quarter.

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

College Resources

Gainful Employment Information may be available for this program.



Dean’s Signature and Date Advisor’s Signature and Date
Eff: summer 2015  

Internal Coding

EPC - 434E
TC - 23
CIP - 511594
Last revised - yyyy/mm/dd

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