Social and Human Services - Associate Degree
EFSC's Social and Human Services degree can help you to improve the lives of others by easing and preventing issues caused by poverty, inadequate housing, unemployment, domestic violence, and illness.
You'll have the option to specialize in one of two fields:
- Aging Services
- Domestic Violence Services
The job market in human services is currently projected to grow at a faster-than-average rate. Graduates of this program often choose to work at hospitals, mental health clinics, residential facilities, and community service agencies. Many also continue on to pursue a bachelor's degree in human services or another related field, such as social work, psychology, or gerontology.
Social and Human Services A.S. - Course Curriculum
The Social and Human Services Assoicate in Science degree consists of academic coursework that focuses on a variety of topics related to social work, as well as a three-credit practicum that enables you to gain experience in the field.
The core specialization courses for this program are only available online, whereas you can choose to take your technical electives either online or on campus.
Social and Human Services - Associate Degree
Social and Human Services A.S. Degree - Admissions Information
The Social and Human Services associate degree is an open-access program with rolling admissions, so you can apply to start any term. Submit your application via Eastern Florida's standard enrollment process, and contact the program advisor or the EFSC advising team for assistance if you have questions.
Brief Costs and Financial Aid Eligibility
In-state tuition and fees for EFSC’s Social and Human Services A.S. degree total approximately $6,300. You may also be eligible to receive financial aid and scholarships that can decrease your out-of-pocket expenses as you work through the program.
If you're planning to pursue a bachelor's degree at the FSU College of Social Work, you can also apply for several scholarships funded by Guy and Delores Spearman.
College Courses You Would Take
The majority of the degree's core courses, including the specialization courses, are only offered online. You can also choose to take the general education courses on campus or online. That flexibility in course delivery allows you to earn the A.S. degree 100% online from the comfort of your home if you wish. The online practicum will involve you arranging hands-on experience with a community partner.
Here are a few of the courses you might take:
Review the values and history that led to the implementation of social services as you prep for an entry-level position in the field.
Examine the psychological, physical, and social aspects of the aging process while reflecting on values and attitudes toward aging.
Learn effective crisis intervention strategies and gain an understanding of your own reactions and coping methods to stay safe in the field.
Prep for an entry-level practitioner position as you learn from observation and hands-on experience in human services or a community agency.
Why Study Social and Human Services at EFSC?
During your practicum, you'll work under the guidance of social workers, psychologists, sociologists, and other trained professionals in a professional setting, such as a hospital, health clinic, or community service agency. As you learn different techniques to assess and assist clients, you'll not only prepare for future employment opportunities by networking, but you'll also have a positive impact on your community.
We employ faculty who come to teaching from a variety of careers in human services. Many of our faculty have designed their courses to include skills you'll need in field work with various demographic groups. Throughout your studies, their knowledge and expertise will provide you with a practical foundation in social and human services that will complement your hands-on employment experience and help you find a job after graduation!
Bachelor's Degree Option
By completing the Social and Human Services A.S. degree, you'll be eligible to apply for transfer into the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program at Florida State University (FSU). As you consider this option, be sure to work with an EFSC advisor and reach out to the FSU admissions team to ensure your course planning includes the prerequisite courses needed to meet all of the transfer requirements.
Brevard County students planning to pursue the Bachelor of Social Work degree at the FSU College of Social Work can also apply for several scholarships funded by Brevard County philanthropists Guy M. and Delores Spearman:
- Guy M. and Delores Spearman Scholarship
- Spearman Graduate Veterans Scholarship
- Spearman Social Work Veteran Field Scholarship
Please contact Lara Klopp, Brevard Network Coordinator for the FSU College of Social Work, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you're interested in the Social and Human Services program, we have several other related degrees and certificates you might also enjoy learning about! The three College Credit Certificates listed below include courses that can even build toward the A.S. degree. Our academic advisors can help you get started.