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In fact, we developed this program with input and advice from community and human services leaders throughout the state. This option is designed for individuals who have earned at least 60 college credit hours and are seeking preparation as human services professionals with proficiencies in human development and the delivery of human services in communities. The option combines the theoretical underpinnings of human development across the life span with applied study in a community setting. Students develop written and oral communication skills throughout the program, acquire contemporary computer skills, and participate in active learning, team building, and group exercises. The option allows students throughout the Commonwealth to become familiar with unique human services needs and organizations in Pennsylvania communities, a design that sets the option apart from other human services degrees offered throughout the Commonwealth.

Typical employment settings include preschools, daycare centers, hospital programs for children, youth, and families, institutional and community mental health programs for individuals and families, programs for abused or neglected children and adolescents, women's resource centers, human resources programs, employee assistance programs, nursing homes, area agencies on aging and other community settings for older adults, and public welfare and family service agencies. Typical postgraduate pursuits of students completing this option include graduate study in human development, family studies, psychology, or sociology, or advanced professional training in psychology, law, behavioral health, counseling or social work.