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Human Services, A.S. (Child Development Track)


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The Human Services Program is designed for students interested in the helping professions. Academic and skills-oriented classes, agency visits, and supervised work experiences prepare students for employment in a variety of settings, or for continuing their education in four-year colleges.

Human Services majors may choose one of two tracks:

  1. Students selecting the Generalist track design their programs of study according to their areas of interest. While taking a core of foundation courses, students prepare for entry-level work or for later specialization in fields such as social welfare, special education, disabilities, family services or counseling.
  2. Students in the Child Development track prepare to work with young children in their own homes; in day care centers, preschools, or other specialized settings; or for future careers in education, child development and related fields. Courses and internship experiences are designed to help students work toward earning credentials as a child care professional.

Qualifications: To be admitted to internships, students must have an overall GPA of 2.00 (“C”), a 2.50 in career courses; complete outlined courses outlined in the first three terms; complete a four-hour seminar in the fall semester of the second year; complete a formal application process; and be approved following an interview by the Human Services Coordinator.

Students are awarded an A.S. degree in Human Services upon successful completion of the following requirements.

  1. Successful completion of 60 semester credits of which at least 15 must be earned at Minnesota West Community & Technical College.
  2. A grade point average of 2.00 ("C") or better.
  3. A minimum of 30 credits from six general education categories.

Fall Year 1  
Composition I 3
Introduction to Human Services 2
Introduction to Sociology 3
Introduction to Psychology 4
  Humanities/fine Arts Elective 3
  Credits Fall Year 1 15
Spring Year 1  
Composition: Technical Writing 3
Creative Activities for Young Children 2
Special Needs in Children 2
Ethical Theory and Practice 3
Psychology of Adjustment 3
Child and Adolescent Psychology 3
Credits Spring Year 1 16
  Fall Year 2  
Human Biology 3
Foundations of Child Development 2
Child Health, Nutrition & Safety 2
Guidance: Managing the Physical & Social Environment 2
Behavior Modification 3
Introduction to Speech 3
Credits Fall Year 2 15
Spring Year 2  
Human Services - Child Development Internship 8
Marriage & the Family 3
General Education Electives 3
Credits Spring Year 2 14

Updated: si 6/30/15