Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

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Social Work Foundation

Also see Social Work: Fundamentals of Social Work Foundation certificate program.

ALLEGHENY, NORTH, SOUTH 
Associate of Science (630.4)

This program prepares you to work in community and social service agencies.

Graduates work as paraprofessionals in group homes, drug and alcohol treatment centers and other social service agencies. However, it is highly recommended that CCAC students obtain their associate degree and transfer to an accredited Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program. CCAC has developed partnerships with many accredited BSW programs; therefore students should explore opportunities to continue their education.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Employ social work terminology appropriately.
  2. Identify the core values of the social work profession.
  3. Define the major elements of the social work profession.
  4. Examine the main theoretical perspectives of social work.
  5. Assess diversity and its relevance to the social work practice.
  6. Utilize technology including web-based resources, for the purpose of education, advocacy, research and practice
  7. Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice.

Social Work Core Competencies

CCAC social work faculty is committed to providing students with the opportunity to learn and fundamentally apply the following ten core competencies:

  1. Professional identify
  2. Ethical practice
  3. Critical thinking
  4. Diversity in practice
  5. Human rights and justice research-based practice
  6. Research and practice
  7. Human behavior
  8. Policy practice
  9. Practice context
  10. Encouragement, assessment, intervention and evaluation of social work practices

(Council of Social Work Education)

The 10 core competencies are learned in each social work course and are assessed by the instructor through multiple methods.

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 63-64

First Semester

Course #Course NameCredits

ENG-101

English Composition 1

3

PHL-101
PHL-155

Introduction to Philosophy or
Ethics

3

POL-101
POL-103

Introduction to Politics Science or  
American Government (Recommended)           

3

SOC-101

Introduction to Sociology

3

SOW-101

Introduction to Social Work

3

                     

Total Credits 

15

Second Semester

BIO-110

Introduction to Biological Sciences

4

ENG-102

English Composition 2

3

MAT-108

Intermediate Algebra

4

PSY-101

Introduction to Psychology

3

SOW-125

Introduction to Social Welfare 

3

                     

Total Credits

17

Third Semester

HIS-104
HIS-105

US History 1 or
US History 2

3

SOW-150

Cultural Competence & Diverse Population

3

SPH-101

Oral Communication

3

 

English Literature Elective (200 Level) or
Foreign Language Elective

3

                     

Science Elective with Lab

4

                     

Total Credits

16

Fourth Semester

MAT-165

Probability & Statistics (recommended if transferring) or
Social Science Elective1

4
3

SOW-110

Social Work Service Learning Practicum

3

SOW-210

Human Behavior in the Social Environment  

3

 

Social Work Elective (2)2 

6

                     

Total Credits

15–16

1Recommended Social Science Electives (3 credits) 

ECD-101

Introduction to Early Education & Child Development

3

ECD-202

Children with Special Needs

3

HIS-205

African-American History

3

HIS-219

History of Women

3

HPE-171

Personal & Community Health & Wellness

3

PSY-108

Human Growth & Development

3

PSY-230

Counseling the Addict

3

SOC-117

Understanding Chemical Dependency

3

SOC-160

Introduction to Women's Studies

3

SOC-201

Sociology of the Family

3

SOC-208

Urban Sociology

3

SOC-211

Racial & Ethnic Minorities

3

SOC-212

Social Problems

3

2Social Work Restricted Electives (6 credits)

SOW-106

Interviewing Skills

3

SOW-120

Child Welfare

3

SOW-130

Community Resources

3

 
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