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Family Services Specialist - Associate of Applied Science Degree

60 Credits
AAS 2515/AAS 3515
Degree Description

This award will prepare individuals for careers in a variety of family and child services settings.  Students will learn skills such as positive behavioral interventions, health and safety, cultural sensitivity, family dynamics, record keeping and interpersonal communication.

The Family Service Specialist program is designed to establish a foundation in early childhood education, improve the quality of early childhood services, and prepares learners for positions in several areas in the health, human services, and education fields with children, adolescents, adults, and senior citizens.  Those who may be interested in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Home Visitor for children and families or other health related areas may want to consider the Family Service Specialist program as a well-rounded educational base to support further development.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Implement guidance techniques that promote positive adult child relationships.
  2. Administer techniques for observing, recording and analyzing information obtained from completing observations.
  3. Identify appropriate resources, supports, and services.
  4. Apply concepts relevant to general social service practices in a wide variety of settings.
  5. Use developmental milestones and developmentally appropriate practice to approach teaching skills for a child's individual growth.
  6. Employ best practices of appropriate physical environments and environmental considerations for optimal learning, development, and independence.
  7. Collaborate with parents, colleagues, children, and community services to implement best practices of support.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to provide positive, supportive, behavioral interventions in a least restrictive manner.

Offered on the Faribault and North Mankato Campuses
The course requirements listed below are specific to the 2017-2018 school year. If you need to view the program from previous years view our Catalog Archive.

Required Technical Courses (13 Courses)

Complete the following courses:
CDEV1210 Child Growth and Development (3 Credits)
CDEV1220 Health, Safety & Nutrition (3 Credits)
CDEV1240 Working with Diverse Families and Children (3 Credits)
CDEV1310 Infant-Toddler Development and Learning Experiences (3 Credits)
CDEV1312 Preschool Development and Learning Experiences (3 Credits)
CDEV2310 Children with Differing Abilities (3 Credits)
CDEV2510 Internship (3 Credits)
CDEV2590 Social-Emotional Development and Learning (3 Credits)
CSS 1801 Direct Service Professionalism (3 Credits)
CSS 1811 Facilitating Positive Behaviors (4 Credits)
CSS 1902 Physical Developmental Supports II (3 Credits)
CSS 1911 Community Social Service Internship Seminar (1 Credit)
CSS 1913 Supportive Interventions (4 Credits)

Required Liberal Arts and Sciences (4 Courses)

To complete an AAS Degree, students must complete 21 credits from 3 of the 10 MnTC goal areas.

The following courses are required:
ENGL100 Composition (4 Credits)
SOWK100 Introduction to Social Work (3 Credits)
SOWK105 Social Welfare Services (3 Credits)
SOC 201 Marriage and Family (3 Credits)

Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives

Select an additional 8 credits of Liberal Arts and Sciences in consultation with your Advisor.
PLEASE NOTE: All program plans are preliminary and curriculum may change without notice. Your catalog of record may have different requirements.