Community and Family Service Concentration
Make a difference in the lives of children and families living in our area. As a Community & Family Service graduate, you will work with expectant parents and parents of young children in their homes, helping families to understand their child's development and support parental/child attachment. Parents are a child’s first and best teachers, and a graduate with this degree supports parental development by building on the family’s strengths.
Workers in this field will have specific and intentional roles in the following four activities/strategies areas:
- Promote and enhance the parent-child relationship
- Engage parents in discussions about their child’s growth and development and provide parents information and opportunities to learn about concrete things they can do to promote their child’s learning
- Encourage parents’ involvement in the education of their child
- Facilitate the delivery of services to children and families through collaboration with community partners
Job Opportunities For 2-Year Graduates
Graduates will find employment with Early Head Start and Head Start or similar community agencies as a family advocate, home visitor, family service worker or family educator.
Median income is currently slightly more than $30,000.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in this field will grow by 11 percent by 2024.
Program of Study
The concentration is offered on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses.
Early Childhood Education Technology Major
The Owens Community College Early Childhood Education Technology (ECET) program prepares competent and caring professionals dedicated to providing quality care and education for young children in our community. The ECET conceptual framework centers on the NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation and emphasizes:
- Strong knowledge base -- to inform student work and guide decision making
- Reflective practice -- to challenge students to be child-centered and open-minded
- Practical application -- to connect course work to real-life work with young children
Prior to entering or enrolling in any Early Childhood Education Program courses, students must have successfully completed all developmental courses into which they have tested. Developmental (Level 1) courses include: MTH 089, MTH 091, MTH 096, ENG 090, ENG 091, ENG 095 and ENG 096. Students testing at college level may move to the Preliminary courses. Upon completion of the developmental coursework the student may register for Preliminary coursework in the ECE program. Preliminary ECE majors must complete ECE 100 or EDU 100, EDU 101 and ENG 111 with a "C" or better. Successful completion of Preliminary course work and completion of the red packet for admission will allow students to enroll in the Novice courses.
Program of Study
The ECET program of study progresses from passive child observation and study of developmentally appropriate practices to active participation in a variety of experiences with children and families, on campus and into the community. Students must earn a minimum of a "C" or better in all ECE courses and ENG 112 to progress to the next level of study in the ECE program.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) commission on Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation has awarded this program accreditation. This program is also approved by the Ohio Department of Education to offer the Pre-kindergarten Associate Teaching License to students who are recommended for licensure.
Graduates will be prepared for placement in child care centers, Head Start Centers, public schools, preschools, public preschool paraprofessional programs or other programs involved in the care and guidance of prekindergarten children and their families.
Education Transfer Concentration
This concentration provides the first two years of study for students who want to teach in a public school, prekindergarten through grade twelve. After receiving the Associate of Arts Degree, students should plan to transfer to a college or university offering a bachelor's degree in education. Completion of the bachelor's degree leads to Teacher Licensure in the State of Ohio. Students should not confuse this concentration with Owens' Early Childhood Education program for students primarily intending to seek employment upon graduation with an Associate of Applied Science Degree, and who plan to work in a child care center, Head Start Center or as a Para-professional in a public pre-school.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate effective communication in their area or concentration of study.
- Demonstrate their ability to access and interpret information within their area or concentration of study.
- Think critically to anticipate, recognize, and solve problems within their area or concentration of study.
- Add value through service to their community or area/concentration of study.
Four-year colleges and universities may require different courses for a bachelor's degree in education. Students should tailor their Owens program as closely as possible to the requirements at their four-year school of choice. Meet with an advisor for more information. It is strongly recommended that education students take the Praxis I exam prior to transferring to a university or college. Learn more about the Praxis I here: https://www.ets.org/praxis/oh
Social Work Concentration
Owens Community College's Associate of Arts program is designed to prepare students for transfer to a four-year college or university and is equivalent to the freshman and sophomore years of a Bachelor of Arts Degree program. The Social Work Concentration prepares students for a career in social work, social services, government service, or education after completion of a four year program.
Students enrolled in the Social Work Concentration have the opportunity during the final semester at Owens to participate in supervised field experience in a human services organization, supervised by a professional. Students also meet for a directed classroom discussion and reflection about the relationship of field experience to social work practice.
Field placement in the community provides students with the opportunity to learn about the social work field and career of a social worker. The selection of agencies that are part of the pool of placement sites is based on involvement in the social work community, use of social workers within their organization, and/or history of hosting social work interns, ability to provide a holistic learning experience and quality/availability of agency supervision.