Practicum Application Orientation Meetings

Orientation meetings are held during the Spring semester for Early Childhood Development and Human Services Program students ready to take the practicum courses. To be eligible for these courses, students must be at the end of their programs and will be ready to graduate during the following Spring semester.

Application is made to the department for enrollment into the Practicum courses (ECE 120-121 or HSV 120-121) during the Spring semester only. HSV students must complete HSV 116 in the Spring semester prior to applying to department for HSV 120 enrollment.  All practicum activity must start in the Fall and continue through Spring. 

A CORI check is required of all practicum students. There are other requirements for enrollment. For more information concerning these requirements and application procedures, contact the Department Chair, Early Childhood Coordinator or Human Services Coordinator.

Graduation Applications

Those students completing all course requirements at the end of fall semester will be eligible to apply for graduation at the Enrollment Services Desk (B building lobby) during the month of October. Those completing requirements in spring semester must apply during the month of February. Students with only the final HSV practicum requirement to complete during the summer term A session may participate in the graduation ceremony in late spring and will receive their diploma upon completion of the final course at the end of summer semester.

New Certification Programs in Human Services Options

The Human Services Program offers Certificate options within its Human Services Associate degree program. Coursework in these options can be applied to the Human Services Associates degree.  Certificates are most often suited for those who already have achieved an Associate degree in another area of study and wish to now work in the Human Services field.  Due to the prerequisite requirements, it may not be possible to complete the certificate requirements in one year’s period.

Four Options are now available:

  • Professional Human Services Option has been available for some time and allows students to study the broad base of human services and apply these in many different areas of direct care in social services in the community.
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation Option in Human Services. This certificate program prepares students for direct service jobs in a specialty area of Human Services providing services to those with mental illness. Students completing the certificate may qualify for careers serving those with mental illness. Work may take place in social welfare, mental health, or community-based human services organizations. Multi-age populations are served. Job outlook is excellent with many agencies offering employment in this area of specialty.
  • Community Health Work  certificate program prepares students for direct service jobs in a specialty area of Community Health Work. In collaboration with the Department of Allied Health, this program combines health related coursework with social service courses. Students completing this certificate will be prepared for direct service jobs providing training for those receiving community health services from a variety of human service agencies.
  • Substance Abuse Services certificate program prepares students for direct service jobs in a specialty area serving those with substance abuse problems and their families.  Students completing the certificate may qualify for careers in a variety of social service agencies serving this population.