This program is available at the Beavercreek and Springfield - Leffel Lane locations.
Social work education is at the core of the Social Services program. Social work is devoted to helping people function as well as they can within their environments. Areas of employment include alcohol and drug treatment, children's services, juvenile services, mental health, mental retardation and developmental disabilities, and public assistance. The field placement portion of the curriculum provides 420 hours of supervised learning experiences in local social services agencies.
Practicum Coursework Students will be billed for liability insurance for the year of practicum courses. The student may be requested by the practicum site to complete a criminal background check and a drug screen. Students should contact the practicum instructor with any questions regarding practicum.
Registration as a Social Work Assistant Students of this program who have achieved a grade of C or better in all Social Services courses are eligible to be registered as Social Work Assistants by the Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board. Graduates are required to complete a criminal background check when applying for the Social Work Assistant Certificate and when applying for positions in social work.
* ENG 1111 and SWK 1100 MUST be completed with a C or better before enrolling in additional social service (SWK) courses.
** SWK 2271 Social Service Practicum I and SWK 2291 Social Service Seminar I must be taken together. SWK 2272 Social Service Practicum II and SWK 2292 Social Service Seminar II must be taken together. Students must attend Practicum orientation and have written approval from the field placement instructor in order to be admitted into a practicum course.
The program schedule is designed for full-time students who have completed all prerequisites and who have no college preparatory recommendations. Many individuals, especially part-time students and those taking college preparatory requirements, will require additional semesters of study. Students should consult their academic advisors for help in planning their schedules.
A complete listing of humanities and social science electives can be found in the Clark State catalog.
Persons seeking a career in social services should recognize that to be successful, they must be emotionally stable, creative, and flexible. A social services professional must be able to work effectively with diverse groups of people and individuals with a wide variety of ages, racial and cultural backgrounds, and life situations. ENG 1111 and SWK 1100 must be completed with a grade of C or better before enrolling in additional courses. Students will be expected to meet minimum behavioral expectancies in order to continue in the Social Services program.
Math Requirements Students should speak with an advisor regarding whether MTH 1105, Mathematics and Today's World, or STT 2264, Elementary Statistics I, should be taken in order to meet the program's math requirement when considering transferring to a university setting to complete their bachelor's degree.
Graduation Requirements In order to graduate, students must obtain a C or better in all SWK courses and demonstrate professional ethical behavior, effective oral and written communication, professional documentation skills, basic listening skills, and an awareness of personal biases as they affect clients.
Students enrolled in the Social Services Technology Associate of Applied Science degree are preparing for employment upon graduation from the program. However, many of these students are also interested in completing a bachelor's degree in Social Work. Some colleges and universities have designed bachelor's completion programs for students who have completed their associate degree in social work. Local programs include:
Wright State University
See the transfer section of the catalog and your academic advisor for more information.