2011-2012 Catalog 
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2011-2012 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social and Human Services - Senior Services and Activities Certificate

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See program requirement sheet. 

The Senior Services and Activities Certificate provides students with the basic knowledge, skills and abilities for entry-level employment working with seniors and with other populations where activities are helpful in increasing quality of life. It is intended for students with some prior education and training in Human Services, Health Care or related fields who wish to expand their scope of practice. The certificate requirements include foundational courses, a set of specialty courses focused on increasing knowledge and skills in either senior services or activities, and a hands- on experiential education component.

Settings where this certificate can be helpful include senior centers, retirement homes, adult family homes, skilled nursing care facilities, assisted living communities, adult day care and treatment programs, advocacy programs and community recreation centers.

The senior services courses are designed to provide students with information about the process of aging, and the special circumstances and challenges facing seniors and their families in contemporary society. The activities courses build skills in a variety of modalities of recreation and wellness, such as horticulture, art, music, movement and group interaction.

All students complete a field practicum, jointly supervised by the faculty and professionals, in cooperation with community based agencies. This provides an opportunity to directly apply the knowledge and skills developed in the classroom to a relevant work setting.

Credit/Grade Requirements This Certificate requires successful completion of a minimum of 44 credits as outlined. A minimum of 30 credits or one-third of the required credits, whichever is less, must be earned at Edmonds Community College. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all college-level courses.

Graduation Application A completed Graduation Application form must be submitted to Enrollment Services by the 10th day of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate. Forms are available online or at Enrollment Services located in Lynnwood Hall.

Students are advised to:

  • Plan their schedule several quarters in advance in order to accommodate courses that are offered only once or twice a year,
  • Review the college catalog for required course prerequisites and include these in schedule planning, and
  • Communicate with a faculty adviser.
Karen Townsend karen.townsend@edcc.edu | 425.640.1595
Paul Ancona pancona@edcc.edu | 425.640.1605
Tui Lindsey tui.lindsey@edcc.edu | 425.640.1633
Department website
College Resources:  
Edmonds CC website www.edcc.edu
How to enroll www.edcc.edu/es
Transfer center www.edcc.edu/transfer
Advising appointments 425.640.1458
College bookstore www.edcc.edu/bookstore

Note: This requirement planning sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic adviser. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds Community College degree or certificate is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

PGM Code – 336C
Effective summer 2011 | Rev: 02/11

II. Specialty Cluster (choose a minimum of 12 credits):

Senior Services


III. Career Management (6 credits):

IV. Recommended Electives

Certificate Outcomes

Students completing this certificate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of human development over the lifespan, and its application to services and activities that might be provided to diverse consumer populations.
  • Identify the differing levels of needs of seniors, and describe the services and activities that will increase health, wellness, and quality of life.
  • Provide therapeutic and recreational activities under the supervision of an activities director or other supervisor.
  • Demonstrate necessary skills for ethical and positive work with consumers, such as communication, group interaction, problem solving, and crisis management techniques.

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