2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 24, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Family Support Studies - Associate in Applied Science-T Degree

Program Description Family Support Studies coursework provides training and instruction in best practices in family support to students currently working or planning to work with people using a strengths-based approach within a framework of prevention. The approach nurtures healthy development of families through the processes of accentuating family strengths, connection to positive community resources and nurturing self-efficacy and agency for family members. Students develop skills in communications, education of parents, and working with systems to support family growth and development.The degree can also transfer to colleges having specific bachelor's degree programs that accept the AAS-T degree. This degree requires successful completion of a minimum of 90 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 (15 credits)

Communication Skills (10 credits)

OUTCOME: Communicate and interact effectively through a variety of methods appropriate to audience, context, purpose, and field/discipline.

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 

Distribution Requirements (15 credits)

Natural Sciences and Mathematics (5 credits)

OUTCOME: Use scientific and mathematical methods, modes of inquiry, and terminology to demonstrate knowledge, comprehension, and application of science concepts and insights.

Social Sciences (5 credits)

OUTCOME: 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.

Humanities (5 credits)

OUTCOME: Use humanities-based methods to reason, communicate, make meaning, solve problems, and/or create or perform cultural works for diverse audiences and purposes.

Program Requirements (47 credits)


  1. Apply a strengths-based approach and demonstrate best practices in family-serving programs.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to effectively work with individuals and families using communication skills, group interaction, problem-solving, and ethical procedures.
  3. Identify local, regional, and state services that are available to families.
  4. Apply knowledge of community collaborations and identify barriers to services.
  5. Demonstrate leadership skills and techniques including partnering with family members to achieve family-identified goals
  6. 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 Notes

The program code for this degree is YSAFSAAS. 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.
  • This AAS-T degree is professional-technical degree with a core of general education courses commonly accepted in transfer. In general, professional-technical degrees are not designed for transfer to other colleges or universities. This degree will articulate to some Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree programs, such as the BAS in Child, Youth, and Family Studies at this college, and to some four-year colleges and universities that have specific bachelor’s degree programs that accept the AAS-T degree including: 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 associate in arts or associate in science degrees, which are specifically designed for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.
  • For students interested in earning a Bachelor of Applied Science degree and continuing on to a related Master’s degree, MATH& 146 may be a preferred option as future degrees may require Research Methods and/or Statistics as a prerequisite course. Each academic program varies and it is best to seek a program advisor for further guidance.

*Program Electives Notes

  • Not all courses are offered each 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.
  • Students wishing to also complete one of the Social and Human Services certificates should consult with a faculty advisor for elective choices. Additional courses may be required.
  • Completion of SHS 104, SHS 106, and an additional 5 credits of specific electives 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 department advisor for this program is: 
Cathy Dominguez | cathy.dominguez@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
Roxanne Green | roxanne.green@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1595
Mika McAfee | mika.mcafee@edmonds.edu | 425.640.1452

Department Website: Social and Human Services | edmonds.edu/shs

Associate in Applied Science-Transfer 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 a 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.

Transferring to Another University or College

  • Admission application deadlines vary, students must meet the deadline for the university or college to which they plan to apply for admission to transfer.
  • Consultation with the appropriate department or an advisor at the intended transfer school is highly recommended.

Common Course Numbering Please refer to www.edmonds.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.

College Resources

Internal Coding

TC - 90
CIP - 440702
Last revised - 2024/03/16