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Family Support Services: Career Pathways Certificate

2020-21 Family Support Services (PDF)*

Career Pathways Certificate
Courses for this Certificate

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 Family Support Services programs are:

Exhibit understanding of a two-generation approach in creating healthy, stable, and attached families.

Effectively demonstrate understanding that positive reciprocal relationships are the foundation of work with children and families and demonstrate empathy and genuineness in the establishment of supportive partnerships.

Demonstrate an understanding of children’s developmental characteristics and needs in context and the importance of fostering family and community engagement to promote children’s positive development.

Function effectively as a member of a team in providing services, designing programs, and integrating knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on working with families.

Demonstrate effective collaboration with other agencies and organizations working and advocating for the benefit of families.

Demonstrate an understanding of 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. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

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 your 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.

Courses for this Program

Course No.
Course Title
CIS/CS      Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science class, CIS120/CIS120 or above or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years 0-2
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations 3
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing or
BT113 Business English I or designated placement score
  Total Prerequisite Credits 3-9
Required Courses
Course No.
Course Title
First Term
ECE125 Early Childhood Development 3
PSY201 General Psychology I 4
Second Term
HS155 Interviewing Theory and Techniques 4
PSY202 General Psychology II 4
Third Term
ECE242 Parent Education and Family Support 3
ECE275 Anti-bias Education or SOC213 Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. 3-4
HS158 Trauma-informed Care: Theory and Practice 3
Fourth Term
HDFS260 Child Abuse and Neglect 3
HS201 Family Dynamics 3
  Total Program Credits 30-31

For more information, contact the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Department:

Grants Pass: 541-956-7066
Medford:  541-245-7504
Toll free in Oregon:  800-411-6508, Ext. 7066 or 7504
Web address:
TTY:  Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711'

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