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2022-23 RCC Catalog

2022-2023 Social and Behavioral Science, Education Pathway
Social and Behavioral Science, Education guided pathway at RCC

Family Support Services

Certificate of Completion

About the Program

The Family Support Services four-term program is designed to provide pre-employment training and education for entry-level family support workers through classroom studies and practical training. Graduates may serve families as family advocates, home visitors, parent educators, or family outreach workers, among other occupations. Coursework for this program spans the disciplines of human services and early childhood development to provide a strong base for work with children and families in a variety of settings. It is designed to accommodate both full- and part-time students and those currently employed in the field. Embedded within the program is training which meets requirements for community health worker certification through the Oregon Health Authority. 

Some courses in this program may not transfer to other institutions. Students intending to transfer should seek advisor assistance to determine transferability.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for the Family Support Services Certificate of Completion are:

  • Explain the benefits of a two-generation approach in creating healthy, stable, and attached families.
  • Describe strategies to build positive reciprocal relationships with families as the foundation of supporting growth and development.
  • Explain the importance of fostering family and community engagement to promote children’s positive development.
  • Describe effective collaboration with other agencies and organizations to support and advocate for children and families.
  • Explain ethical decision-making principles and practices within the helping relationship.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined through the Placement Process.

Students are also required to provide information regarding their measles immunization status by completing the form found on the RCC Early Childhood and Elementary Education Department website and clicking on ECEE Department Requirements.

Students must also obtain an RCC student identification card. RCC photos will be taken on a scheduled basis through Student Affairs. Contact Student Affairs for more information. Students should take their schedules to obtain an identification card. Take the identification card each time an observation is scheduled in an early childhood setting.

Many courses in this department require participation in community schools, programs, and agencies for observation and practicum experiences. Some of these sites may require a background check in order for a student to participate. Future employment serving children and families will require a background check. Students may wish to consider going through a background check process to be ready for potential observation, practicum, and employment experiences – check with an Early Childhood and Elementary Education advisor for additional information.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Department chair’s approval. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over 10 years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core requirements. Each College Now credit student must meet with the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Department chair to determine placement.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate, students must complete all courses in this program with a grade of “C” or better. Certain prerequisite courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.

This guide lays out an optimal path to graduate. Where zero credits are listed in the prerequisites, students may place into a higher-level(s) based on designated placement score(s). Note, some prerequisites may be required for graduation. Please consult an advisor with any program completion questions.


Program email address: [email protected]
Program Prerequisites
Course No. Course Title Alternate Course(s) Comments


Concepts in Computing I 1

Required for graduation.


College Reading


or designated placement score


Fundamentals of Composition


or designated placement score




or designated placement score

Prerequisites - credits vary based on Placement Score(s): 0-14



      Check in with Advisor


Early Childhood Development




Introduction to Expository Writing


or higher-level composition course


Psychology of Human Relations


or designated placement score


Drugs, Crime and Addiction




Term Credits: 13





Children at Risk



Interviewing Theory and Techniques


winter term only


Applied Algebra I


or BT160 or higher-level math


General Psychology I




Term Credits: 15





Guiding Children in Group Settings




Parenting Education and Family Support


spring term only


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Education




Trauma-informed Care: Theory and  Practice


spring term only


Term Credits: 12



      Check in with Advisor


Early Childhood Home Visitation


fall term only


Child Abuse and Neglect


fall term only


Family Dynamics


fall term only


Lifespan Human Development




Term Credits: 13



1 Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science course, CIS120 or above, or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years.

For more information, contact the Family Support Services Department.

Family Support Services Department faculty and staff can also be reached by:
Phone: 541-956-7500
Email: [email protected]
Web address: www.roguecc.edu/ecee
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711

2022-23 RCC Catalog