Certificate Program

Department:Human Services

School(s): Community Engagement & Development

MCC Program Code: HU02
CIP Code: 44.0000
NYSED Code (DCC): 01250
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The Certificate program in Human Services is designed for men and women who want to learn the skills and attitudes that are needed for employment and for upgrading in human service positions, but who do not want to undertake the supporting academic courses required for the college degree.

The Certificate is awarded to people who complete three seminar courses in Human Services and the Field Work that accompanies each of these seminars plus six hours of Human Services electives listed above. Four semesters are required to complete the program.

Certificate holders may go on to earn the A.A.S. Degree in Human Services or the A.S. Degree in Liberal Arts and Science: General Studies by adding to their programs Liberal Arts courses appropriately distributed according to the requirements for the degree they are seeking.

Students must be qualified (by Accuplacer) to take ENG 101 in order to register for HUM 101 and HUM 111. There is an extended option for students taking Transitional Studies courses in reading/writing.
(Housed in the Human Services Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1) Identify generic helping skills utilized in the Human Services field.
2) Demonstrate as appropriate the helping skills utilized in the Human Services field.
3) Assess when the various applications of the Human Services helping skills are used effectively in an agency setting.
4) Apply good judgment and professionalism as supported in the “Ethical Standards of Human Services Professionals” in areas similar to but not necessarily: basic client rights to privacy, effective treatment, or ethical issues.
5) Document behaviors accurately in cogently written statements.
6) Develop an action-oriented Human Services assessment.
7) Conduct a thorough study of a community agency (including mission statement, agency history, organizational structure, and funding).
8) Define the various roles of a Human Services worker in providing services to clients in community agencies.

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
Elementary Algebra with Geometry (or Math 098 at MCC). Placement into English 101.

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 6 Credit Hours
HUM 101 Introduction to Human Services* AND 4
HUM 111 Field Work In Human Services I*2
HUM 102 Basic Helping Skills** AND 4
HUM 112 Field Work in Human Services II**2
THIRD SEMESTER: 6 Credit Hours
HUM 201 Models of Helping** AND 4
HUM 211 Field Work in Human Services III**2

* A minimum grade of C- or higher is required in All HUM courses to graduate from the program.
**HUM 106, HUM 116 can be substituted for HUM 102, HUM 112 or HUM 201, HUM 211.
***Select 2 of the following electives totaling 6 credits: Any ACD, ECE courses and HUM electives with the exception of HUM 100.

For information related to cost, success rate, and student debt in this program, please visit Human Services - Gainful Employment Information.

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