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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.

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS:

52-55
Program email address: [email protected]
Program Prerequisites
Course No. Course Title Alternate Course(s) Comments

CIS120

Concepts in Computing I 1

Required for graduation.

RD90

College Reading

WR91

or designated placement score

WR90

Fundamentals of Composition

WR91

or designated placement score

MTH20

Pre-algebra

 

or designated plaement schore

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

 

 

Fall
      Check in with Advisor

ECE125

Early Childhood Development

 

 

WR115

Introduction to Expository Writing

BT113

or higher-level composition course

PSY101

Psychology of Human Relations

 

or designated placement score

SOC243

Drugs, Crime and Addiction

CJ243

 

 

Term Credits: 13

 

 

Winter

ECE265

Children at Risk

 

HS155

Interviewing Theory and Techniques

 

winter term only

MTH63

Applied Algebra I

MTH60

or BT160 or higher-level math

PSY201

General Psychology I

 

 

 

Term Credits: 15

 

 

Spring

ECE151

Guiding Children in Group Settings

 

 

ECE242

Parenting Education and Family Support

 

spring term only

ECE275

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Education

SOC213

 

HS158

Trauma-informed Care: Theory and  Practice

 

spring term only

 

Term Credits: 12

 

 

Fall
      Check in with Advisor

ECE258

Early Childhood Home Visitation

 

fall term only

HS200

Child Abuse and Neglect

 

fall term only

HS201

Family Dynamics

 

fall term only

PSY215

Lifespan Human Development

HS261C/ECE245

 

 

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
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