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    Certificate of Proficiency (AAS)
  • Overview


    The Human Services program is designed so students learn basic information about the human services industry. For persons already in the field, the Human Services program offers classes to upgrade current skills and abilities. Students can expect to learn both theoretical and practice skills in their classes.

    Graduates are qualified for a variety of positions such as alcoholism/drug abuse assistant to counselors, directors of GED (General Education Development) tutoring programs, house parents, nursing home activity therapy assistants, case workers, corrections officers, vocational rehabilitation workers, teacher’s aides for exceptional children and personnel assistants. These positions are available in the diverse areas like social welfare, mental health, juvenile and adult correctional programs, geriatrics, education, counseling and related fields in business, industry and health care. Students may work after completion of their associate’s degree or transfer to a four-year college or university for continued study in a specialized area of human services.

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of social and human service personnel is projected to grow by 28 percent from 2010 to 2020. Many of the job opportunities will arise from an increasing number of people retiring from the field. In addition, there will be keen competition in urban areas, but persons that have a postsecondary education will get the best opportunities.

    Associate in Applied Science Degree in Human Services is a 64-credit-hour program designed for persons who would like a broad understanding of the human services field.

    Certificate of Proficiency

    • Human Services: Addictions Study

    Persons interested in human services should possess:

    • Good communication skills
    • Good problem-solving skills
    • Positive attitude about themselves and others
    • Interest in working with others
    • Work with a high degree of accuracy
    • Supervisory and leadership skills
    • A desire to teach
  • Estimated Expenses and Financial Aid


    • St. Louis Community College provides a comprehensive financial aid program funded by federal, state and private agencies. READ MORE
    • STLCC provides a Net Price Calculator to help students estimate costs. READ MORE
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    • For more information on expenses incurred as part of this program, please contact the program coordinator.
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  • Faculty

    Florissant Valley
    Howard Rosenthal
    Program Coordinator, Professor
    Phone: 314-513-4709
    Forest Park
    Angela Roffle
    Program Coordinator
    Phone: 314-763-6019
    Rachelle Smith
    Program Coordinator
    Phone: 314-984-7130
  • Program Curriculum


    Human Services (AAS)

    Program total 64 credits
    I. Career General Education 30 credits
    ENG:101 College Composition I 3
    ENG:102 College Composition II (or)
    ENG:103 Report Writing 3
    SOC:101 Introduction to Sociology 3
    XXX:xxx Missouri State Requirement 3
    XXX:xxx Humanities Requirements 6
    XXX:xxx Science/Mathematics Requirements (MTH:100 or above; laboratory science course recommended 6
    PSY:200 General Psychology 3
    PSY:205 Human Growth and Development 3
    II. Physical Education Activity 2 credits
    III. Area of Concentration 24 credits
    HMS:100 Introduction to Human Services 3
    HMS:101 Human Services: Theories and Skills 3
    HMS:102 Human Services: Policy and Politics 3
    HMS:201 Workplace Learning: Human Services I 3
    HMS:202 Workplace Learning: Human Services II 3
    HMS:203 Human Services Practicum Seminar I 3
    HMS:204 Human Services Practicum Seminar II 3
    Select one course from 3
    HMS:111 Group Practice in Human Services
    SOC:100 Human Relations
    SOC:103 Human Behavior at Work and in Business
    IV. Electives 8 credits
    Recommended electives include courses with prefixes HMS, SOC, PSY, ECE, CRJ as well as computer, business and personal development courses related to the human services field.
    Recommended Academic Plan (AAS)
    Check the Recommended Academic Plan, or RAP, for the suggested semester-by-semester course schedule. This map is designed to help keep you on track for a timely graduation.

    Course offerings depend on adequate enrollment.

    We invite you to meet with an STLCC advisor for one-on-one help in planning your pathway to this rewarding career. Click Here

  • Additional Information



    Career and Employment Services

    National Organization for Human Services

    Missouri Substance Abuse Counselors’ Certification Board



    The Human Services program is based at our Florissant Valley, Forest Park and Meramec campuses. Students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.


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