Program Description Family Support Studies coursework provides education and training to students currently working or desiring to work with individuals and their families using family support premises and principles within a framework of prevention. 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. Effective family support encourages practitioners from different fields to work together to support family growth and development. The program is designed to bring individuals from diverse disciplines together in a common study of family support principles and practices. It is primarily designed for those who already have an associate’s degree or higher, who seek courses to enhance competency in working with families. Students have found employment in various fields of interest including: health, education, and human services. This certificate requires successful completion of a minimum of 60 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 College certificate or degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student.
General Education Requirements (14 credits)
Communication Skills (5 credits)
OUTCOME: Communicate and interact effectively through a variety of methods appropriate to audience, context, purpose, and field/discipline.
Human Relations Skills (4 credits)
OUTCOME: Act responsibly in applying professional and academic standards associated with success in educational, workplace, community, and group settings.
Quantitative Analysis/Symbolic Reasoning Skills (5 credits)
OUTCOME: Reason clearly using academic or professional modes of inquiry; using quantitative or symbolic reasoning; and/or using other discipline/field specific methods to explore and create ideas; identify information needs; process, evaluate, and use information; and recognize, analyze, and solve problems.
Cultural Diversity Skills
OUTCOME: Explore and apply multiple perspectives in order to examine cultural differences and influences; maintain effective professional/working relationships; and/or interact effectively in multicultural settings.
Cultural Diversity Course List
____Cultural Diversity Requirement met
Program Requirements (37 credits)
- Apply the principles of family support and demonstrate best practices in any human services, education, or prevention program settings.
- Demonstrate ability to effectively work with individuals using communication skills, group interaction, problem solving, and ethical procedures.
- Identify local, regional, and state services that are available to families and individuals.
- Apply knowledge of community collaborations and identify barriers to services.
- Demonstrate leadership skills and techniques, including empowering others to become natural leaders in the community.
- Demonstrate a knowledge of family systems and governmental, social, and political systems that affect families.
Career and College Success (3 credits)
OUTCOME: Develop professional and academic skills and strategies for career and college success.
____Career and College Success Requirement met
Note: The Career and College Success course should be completed within the first two quarters. Students who transfer in 30 or more college-level credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher may be exempt from the Career and College Success course; see faculty advisor.
Program Electives (choose minimum of 6 credits)
*See Program Electives notes
The program code for this certificate is YSAFSC45. 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.
- Grade Requirements: Students must achieve a minimum 2.0 grade in all courses in Program Requirements.
- The program is designed to appeal to both professionals and nonprofessionals wishing to enter the field. For the professional, coursework provides supplemental education for employees intending to infuse concepts of family support in their work environments: including health, education and human services. For those wishing to enter the field, the program provides both theory and practice and opportunity to exchange ideas with those currently working in the field.
- Toward the end of their coursework, students have the opportunity to put their knowledge and abilities into practice during a field practicum in a community setting under the supervision of professionals in the student’s area of interest.
**Program Electives Notes
- Not all courses are offered every quarter. Some elective courses are offered only once a year. Students should work with their faculty advisor regarding their career objectives, interests, and schedule planning.
- Completion of FSS 195, FSS 215, SHS 104, SHS 106, 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.
The advisor for this program is:
Krystal Nash | firstname.lastname@example.org | 425.640.1242
The faculty advisors for this program are:
Timothy Burdick | email@example.com | 425.640.1633
Christina Coiro | firstname.lastname@example.org | 425.640.1981
Social and Human Services | edmonds.edu/shs
Family Support Studies | edmonds.edu/fss
Certificate General Information
Program of Study Outcomes Edmonds College’s four General Education Outcomes (Communicate, Act Responsibly, Reason, and Explore) are promoted throughout the college’s programs. Instructional programs of 45 credits or more foster learning in all four General Education 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.
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 College. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all college-level courses.
Students Are Advised To:
- Plan your schedule several quarters in advance in order to accommodate courses that are offered only once or twice per year;
- Review the college catalog for required course prerequisites and include these in schedule planning;
- Communicate with an academic advisor and/or a faculty advisor; and
- At least three quarters before you plan to graduate, contact any college(s) where you have earned credits and have your official transcript(s) sent to Edmonds College. Then, submit an Evaluation Request - Transfer Credits Form (available in Enrollment Services) to activate the process of transferring credits to Edmonds College.
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.
Cultural Diversity Requirement All students earning a degree or certificate of 45 credits or more must meet a cultural diversity (CD) requirement by taking at least five (5) credits of CD courses. To learn more, go to Academic Information – Cultural Diversity Requirement in the online academic catalog.
PLAN/STACK - YSAFSC45
TC - 60
CIP - 440702
Last revised - 2022/02/26