2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 25, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Family Support Studies - Parent Education and Family Support Certificate

Program Description The Parent Education and Family Support Certificate offers students certification upon completion of some of the core courses in the Family Support Program. The focus of this certificate is to provide skills needed to provide support, education, and mentoring to parents and families in school or human service settings. The certificate is primarily designed for those who already have an associate’s degree or higher, with coursework which included child development. The certificate is for those who seek courses to enhance competency in working with families. This certificate requires successful completion of a minimum of 35 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.

Program Requirements (33 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 and conflict resolution skills, group interaction, problem solving, and ethical procedures.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of community resources that are respectful, responsive, and culturally appropriate to meet the needs of today’s diverse families.
  4. Demonstrate leadership skills to support families in public schools, Head Start/ECEAP, or other community programs, including empowering others to become natural leaders.

Program Electives (take a minimum of 2 credits to complete 35 credits)

*See Program Electives Notes

Program Notes

The program code for this certificate is YSAPFC20. 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 coursework provides education and training to students planning on 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.
  • This certification is an abbreviated certificate awarded upon completion of some of the core courses in the Family Support Program. The courses can be applied to Family Support Studies or Social and Human Services ATA or AAS-T degrees. See a faculty advisor for program details.
  • 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 Notes:

  • Not all courses are offered every quarter. Some elective courses are offered only once a year. Students are strongly urged to consult with their faculty advisor regarding their career objectives, interests, and schedule planning.

The advisor for this program is: 
Krystal Nash | krystal.nash@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1242

The faculty advisors for this program are:
Timothy Burdick | timothy.burdick@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1633 
Christina Coiro | ccoiro@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1981

Department websites:
Social and Human Services | edmonds.edu/shs
Family Support Studies | edmonds.edu/fss​​​​​​​

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 College. 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.edmonds.edu/ccn for more information.

College Resources

Internal Coding

TC - 35
CIP - 440702
Last revised - 2022/07/05