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Program Overview

Degrees & Certificates

With fewer than 20 credits, short-term certificate programs generally cover an entry-level or specific skill set needed for that industry. Credits earned in these programs may apply toward a next-level certificate or degree. Typically offered in a condensed time period.
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  • Credits to complete: 13.0
  • Estimated program length in quarters: Full Time - 2 | Part Time - Part Time Option Not Available

About the Program

If you are passionate about helping people, solving problems and promoting positive social change, a career in Social and Human Services might be the perfect fit for you. Seattle Central’s associate degree in Social and Human Services will  help you develop the skills needed to improve the lives of others and to make a real difference in your community.

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Career Opportunities

The Social and Human Services AAS-T Degree will provide you the knowledge and abilities to help you launch a career in community-oriented social and human services occupations, or to continue your education through a bachelor's degree program, such as the SCC BAS in Applied Behavioral Science. With in-demand skills, our graduates find work in a variety of areas, including:

  • Family services
  • Corrections and justice involved youth
  • Community development and advocacy
  • Mental health services
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Substance abuse disorder and treatment services
  • Housing services
  • Child welfare
  • Services for older adults
  • Food insecurity
  • Public policy
  • And many more

Intensive Education

Your career begins with Seattle Central. An associate degree in Social and Human Services is also an excellent starting point for students who may be interested in advanced professional training in fields such as applied behavioral science, social work, clinical psychology, psychiatry and rehabilitation counseling. In addition, you can gain specialized training needed to become a Chemical Dependency Specialist through a certificate program designed to complement the Social and Human Services associate degree.


Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.