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Whether you are a recent high school graduate interested in making a difference in the lives of others, or someone with experience in the field who is looking to advance your career, the two-year associate degree in Human Services at PennWest Edinboro gives you the tools you need to succeed.


According to, there will be a need for 17% more social and human service assistants in the U.S. between now and 2029. Many of these jobs exist in home health and nursing facilities, mental health and substance abuse agencies, childcare centers and with individual, family and community health organizations.

Why Edinboro Stands Out.

At Edinboro, we understand your desire to effect change at all levels of society. This two-year program takes an interdisciplinary approach to help you expand your knowledge of psychology and sociology and gain a greater understanding of human behavior and the issues and challenges we currently face.

Edinboro’s exceptional faculty will serve as your mentors and guides. Because they understand the needs that exist in today’s society, they can work with you to tailor a career that’s best suited to your interests and talents. Over the course of four semesters, you’ll learn problem-solving processes, advocacy skills and how to engage in human service work in a variety of ways.

You’ll graduate ready to contribute to the well-being of individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations and institutions.

The goal of this program is to educate, in just two years, a generalist human service professional who could move into a wide range of mental health and/or human services fields. The program’s basic premise is that there is a common core of attitudes, skills and knowledge that apply to a variety of settings. We strive to graduate individuals equipped with these competencies so they can make effective contributions to agencies involved in mental health, education, welfare, corrections, delinquency, eldercare, disability and other areas of the human and social services.”

Dr. Samuel Claster,
Chair, Department of Sociology

How Edinboro Supports You.

Our philosophy is simple. It revolves around social justice and service to others through ethical applied professional practice.

As a student, you will build skills in these areas and have the opportunity for experiential learning in the realm of advocacy, casework, social research and community development.

The coursework for this program is flexible, making it the ideal choice for working adults and professionals.

Looking for jobs, internships and other resources? We’re here for you. Go to Edinboro’s Center for Career Development to find out more.

Your Future

With your associate degree in Human Services, you will be prepared to improve accessibility, accountability and coordination among a variety of professionals and agencies as you serve in one of these roles:

  • Adult Day Care Worker
  • Assistant Case Manager
  • Associate Drug and Alcohol Counselor
  • Behavioral Management Aide
  • Case Management Aide
  • Child Abuse Worker
  • Client Advocate
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Eligibility Counselor
  • Family Support Worker
  • Gerontology Aide
  • Group Home Worker
  • Home Health Aide
  • Juvenile Court Liaison
  • Life Skills Instructor
  • Mental Health Aide
  • Rehabilitation Aide
  • Residential Counselor
  • Residential Manger
  • Social Service Aide
  • Social Service Liaison
  • Social Service Technician
  • Therapeutic Assistant
  • Youth Worker

Questions About This Program?

Dr. Samuel Claster
Department Chair
281 Dearborn Hall

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Similar Programs

Your associate degree in Human Services allows you to make a smooth transition to one of these bachelor degree programs at Edinboro:
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW)
Bachelor of Arts (BA)