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College Catalog 2017-2018

Palm Beach State College

Human Services-Youth Development Concentration AS

Human Services-Youth Development Concentration  (AS 2374)

Type of Award
AS - Associate in Science

Program Website

Program Description
This degree program is designed to prepare the student for an entry-level position as a youth worker in areas such as afterschool programs, community-based, residential, group home and other youth environments. Course content includes youth development, group dynamics, best practices in youth programming, and supervised fieldwork experiences.
An important part of the program at Palm Beach State is the supervised field work experience that the student receives in an agency, organization or program of his/her choice.

Program Learning Outcomes
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Admission Requirements


Completion Requirements
Students must successfully complete all courses listed in the catalog for this program.

Program Length
The program can be finished in two years of full-time enrollment or three years part time.

The program is offered at the Lake Worth campus.

For More Information
Suzie Duff,, (561) 868-3461.

To see when the course is offered, click the course number. To see a course description, click the course title.
General Education Credits: 18
  Any course from Humanities - Area II 3
ENC1101 College Composition 1 3
  Any course from Mathematics - Area III 3
PSY2012 General Psychology 3
SPC1017 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
  Any course from Natural Sciences - Area IV, Tier 1 & 2 3
Required Courses Credits: 42
CLP2140 Abnormal Psychology 3
EDF1030 Behavior Management in the Classroom * 3
DEP2004 Human Growth and Development 3
ENC1102 College Composition 2 3
HUS1001 Introduction to Human Services 3
HUS1620 Principles and Best Practices in Afterschool Programs * 3
HUS1203 Principles of Group Facilitation * 3
HUS1640 Principles of Youth Work * 3
HSC2100 Health Concepts and Strategies 3
HUS1850C Field Work/Internship in Human Services 1 3
HUS2851C Field Work/Internship in Human Services 2 3
SYG2000 Introduction to Sociology 3
SYG2361 Death and Dying *  
SYG2430 Marriage and Family 3
SYG2010 American Social Problems * 3
Total Program Credits: 60
*Those Human Services A.S. students who plan to transfer to a Human Services B.S. or Social Work B.S.W. must take the Human Services-General A.S. Concentration.

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Employment Opportunities
Upon completion of this program, you may seek employment in social service agencies, government and community agencies, group homes, afterschool programs and educational settings. Some job titles include: Outreach Worker, Recreation Worker, Youth Program Assistant, Family Support Worker, Job Coach, Residential Worker, and Team/Group Facilitator.

Career Path Notes
Courses from this program may transfer into Palm Beach State’s Bachelor of Applied Science program in Supervision and Management. For more information, see the web at

In addition, courses from this program may transfer to other colleges and universities which allow students to transfer into a four-year program. For more information, contact the college or university to which you wish to transfer.

Career Center
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