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Youth Services Option A.A.S.

Department: Human Services

Total Credit Hours: 61-62 credits

This program provides students with a basic social science framework and perspective for pursuing a career in human services. The program also provides currently employed human services workers the opportunity to upgrade their skills.

What Is Human Services – Youth Services?

This degree provides opportunities for students interested in obtaining knowledge and skills specific to working with at-risk youth. Students acquire knowledge of current strategies for working with runaways, homeless youth and victims of family violence. Through this program students learn how to work with youths so they can learn the necessary skills to become successful adults. Students will also acquire knowledge of assisting families meet their basic needs for their children. With this degree students have the educational foundation to successfully ensure that children grow up in safe and healthy homes.

Human service professionals with a Youth Services Option A.A.S. degree protect the youngest members of our communities. They also provide education and prevention services to a variety of community settings.

People interested in this program should enjoy working with people. They should possess good verbal and oral communications and problem-solving skills and have a positive attitude about themselves and others.

Occupational Outlook

Because of the multitude of careers in this field, the outlook is varied. There is a bright outlook for child support services workers. This position is projected to experience rapid increases in employment with large numbers of job openings over the next several years.

The number of human service professionals is projected to grow 27 percent through 2020, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the number of youth services professionals will grow by 27 percent through 2020, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.

Sources: Occupational Outlook Handbook

Salary Outlook

In the state of Missouri, employees working in child, family and school social work occupations earn an average of $33,960 per year, depending on education, experience and employer.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.

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Human Services Careers – Youth Services

SCC graduates with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in youth services are employed in a broad range of careers including, but not limited to: child support services worker, family advocate, family services specialist, youth services specialist, youth program coordinator, social and human service assistant.

Graduates can work in a wide variety of settings including child protective services, residential programs, abuse prevention services, juvenile courts and treatment programs, homeless shelters, schools and other public and private agencies.

Required Courses

General Education Requirements (24-25 credits)
Mathematics MAT 105 or higher Applied Math or higher 3-4
Communication ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 125 Business Writing 3
SPE 101 Oral Communication 3
Social Science HIS 101 or U.S. History to 1877 or 3
HIS 102 or U.S. History Since 1877 or
HIS 115 or U.S. History Since 1945 or
HIS 270 or History of Missouri or
POL 101 or American Government or
POL 102 State & Local Government
Natural Science Any BIO or Any BIOLOGY Course or 3
Any CHM or Any CHEMISTRY Course or
Humanities Any Humanities 3
Elective BTC/CPT 103 Microcomputer Applications 3
Core Course Requirements (37 credits)
HMS 100 Introduction to Human Services 3
HMS 101 Theories and Skills 3
HMS 102 Policy and Politics 3
HMS 104 Treatment Alcohol and Drug Abuse 3
HMS 201 Human Services Practicum I* 3
HMS 202 Human Services Practicum II* 3
HMS 203 Human Services Practicum Seminar I 3
HMS 204 Human Services Practicum Seminar II 3
HMS 298 Human Services Capstone 1
PSY 215 Adolescent Psychology 3
CRJ 205 or Juvenile Justice System or 3
HMS 106 Introduction to Youth Services Management
CRJ 230 Crisis Intervention 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Total Required Hours: 61-62 credits

* Practicum oriented toward option area.

For more information, call 636-922-8241.

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