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Associate Degree in Social Work

Delaware County Community College (DCCC)
Associate's degree
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Program description

Associate Degree in Social Work

The Social Work Associate in Arts curriculum was developed to meet the needs of current and prospective students interested in transferring to a college or university and eventually earning a Bachelor in Social Work degree. The curriculum provides students with the introductory-level knowledge in the field of social work study and supports a seamless transfer to the junior level status at a four-year college or university offering a Council of Social Work Education-Accredited Bachelor in Social Work degree (BSW).

Social Workers serve some of the most vulnerable populations; therefore this degree addresses the significant history, policies, theories and applied practices utilized when working with marginalized individuals, families, groups and communities. Social Workers use a person and environment construct that views human challenges through a diverse, multi-systemic lens. An overarching goal of the program is to prepare students to demonstrate the basic knowledge, values and skills that are required of a beginning social work practitioner.

Various transfer institutions require differing elective courses; therefore students are highly encouraged to work closely with a transfer counselor, from the DCCC Career and Counseling Center, to ensure a seamless transfer process to a four-year institution.

Program content

First Semester

  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • English Composition I
  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • College Algebra
  • Introduction to Social Work and Human Services

Second Semester

  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • English Composition II: Writing About Literature
  • Public Speaking
  • Introduction to Sociology


  • HIS Elective: HIS 110 or higher

Third Semester

  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Biological Sciences
  • Contemporary Moral Problems
  • Experiences in Diversity


  • POL Elective: POL 120 or higher

Fourth Semester

  • Statistics
  • Counseling Skills


  • Science Elective/Laboratory Science
  • Humanities Elective (Literature or Foreign Language)
  • Social Science Elective

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Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate self-awareness of who one is and why one is choosing to pursue the profession of social work.
  • Understand and apply the knowledge, values and skills of the Social Work Profession at the introductory level.
  • Identify the historical development of the knowledge and values of the Social Work profession at the introductory level.
  • Analyze the impact of key societal systems that have supported the systemic devaluation of and discrimination toward certain groups in our society.
  • Describe the relationship between the knowledge and values of a culturally competent social worker at the introductory level.
  • Demonstrate the introductory level skills necessary to work from a strengths perspective with diverse individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
  • Identify and explain the concepts, assumptions and critiques of developmental theories, especially related to experiences at the intersection of people and their environments, within a multicultural context.

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Delaware County Community College (DCCC)

Delaware County Community College (DCCC) is a public two-year college in Media, Pennsylvania, with a current enrollment of 12,500 students (including 200 international students from over 50 countries). Offering over 40 degree programs, students can complete a two-year associate degree...

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Delaware County Community College (DCCC)

901 S. Media Line Rd
PA 19063 Media Pennsylvania
United States of America

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