2011-2012 Catalog 
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2011-2012 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social and Human Services - Human Services Associate of Technical Arts Degree

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See program requirement sheet. 

This program provides the foundation, knowledge and skills for effective work with individuals and families experiencing a variety of life issues. The focus of this degree is to equip students to successfully compete for entry level positions assisting and empowering consumers served by a variety of human services programs. All students take a core set of foundational requirements related to employment in social services. Due to the breadth of the human services field, students are encouraged to pursue their own special interest by picking one of six elective clusters:

• Activities, Recreation, and Health and Wellness • Case Management, Mental Health, and Rehabilitation Services • Children and Youth Services • Family Support Services • Senior Services • Substance Abuse

Toward the end of their course work, students have the opportunity to put their knowledge and abilities into practice during two quarters of field practicum in a community setting under the supervision of professionals in the student’s area of interest.

Upon completion of this degree, students may seek employment in a range of private and public agencies in areas such as case management, vocational rehabilitation, mental health services, senior services, advocacy, and assessment and evaluation services.

Credit/Grade Requirements This ATA degree requires successful completion of a minimum 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.

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.

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.

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 a faculty adviser.
Tui Lindsey tui.lindsey@edcc.edu | 425.640.1633
Paul Ancona pancona@edcc.edu | 425.640.1605
Karen Townsend karen.townsend@edcc.edu | 425.640.1595
Department website
College Resources:  
Edmonds CC website www.edcc.edu
How to enroll www.edcc.edu/es
Transfer center www.edcc.edu/transfer
Advising appointments 425.640.1458
College bookstore www.edcc.edu/bookstore

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

PGM Code – 411T
Effective summer 2011 | Rev: 02/11

I. General Education/Related Instruction Requirements (12 credits):

Communication Skills (5 credits)

Computation/Quantitative Skills (3-5 credits)

Human Relations/Group Interaction (4 credits)

II. Career Management (11 credits):

III. Program Requirements (44 credits):

IV. Electives (choose at least 22 credits from one cluster or see a Social and Human Services adviser to create an individualized plan):

Students are required to complete 22 more elective credits of coursework to satisfy the minimum ninety credits required for this degree. Course work and credits that satisfy the requirements for one of the departmental certificates can be credited towards the needed 22 credits required for this degree. Please note that if a course required for a certificate is included amongst the core courses listed above, it cannot be used again to fulfill the elective requirements. Students who have not or do not plan to complete a certificate are encouraged to select a set of courses from within one of the specialty areas identified below and are strongly urged to consult with their faculty adviser regarding their career objectives, interests, and appropriate course work.

Please note: Through careful selection of elective courses, students may qualify for both an ATA and one of the Certificates offered by the department after completing 90 credits of course work.

Recommended Courses

Activities, Recreation, Health, and Wellness

Case Management, Mental Health, and Rehabilitation Services

Children and Youth Services

Family Support Services

Senior Services

Degree Outcomes

Students completing this degree will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of key issues in an area of specialization in order to work in a range of community settings with a variety of consumer populations. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of human development over the lifespan; its application to services and activities that might be provided to diverse consumer populations.
  • Demonstrate necessary skills for ethical and positive work with consumers, such as communication, group interaction, problem solving, and crisis management techniques.
  • Gather, assemble, and interpret data to determine consumers’ strengths and barriers impacting their ability to overcome adversity or achieve valued life goals.
  • Help consumers locate, access, develop and make use of supportive and helpful resources and opportunities in their social environment.
  • Identify and evaluate evidence-based practice methods, including principles, strategies and techniques that can be used to assist consumers in reaching their service goals.


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