Family & Community Services Specialization

Examine services and programs offered to support families and children when you select the Family & Community specialization through Ashford University. In addition to your degree program, which consists of 8 core courses, worth 24 credits, add the Family & Community Services specialization worth 12 credits. Learn more about establishing relationships and partnerships within families and communities through the available courses. Your specialization may require prerequisite course work. Please talk to your advisor for more information.

Family & Community Services Specialization for Graduate Degrees

Choose the Family & Community Services specialization for your Master of Arts in Education degree to learn how to build parent and community involvement. The Family & Community Services specialization trains you to work in community service positions.

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Degrees Offering the Family & Community Services Specialization

Graduate Family & Community Services Specialization Courses

EDU 617 School, Family & Community Partnerships

3 Credits

Parent and community involvement is a crucial element to school success. Promoting the social, emotional and academic skills necessary for student success in the 21st century requires a team effort of collaboration with schools, families and the community. Students in this course will explore strategies and research for engaging partners in the ongoing education of children in the community.

EDU 635 Community & Youth Development

3 Credits

This course will support teachers and others with the development of practical strategies and tools to support community-wide efforts to strengthen and support youth today. Advocacy for youth development as well as strategies to support youth from a wide range of backgrounds will be addressed.

EDU 644 Child & Family Welfare

3 Credits

This course will examine public policies in place to support children and families in at-risk situations. A focus on the services and programs offered to support families and children as well as the development of protective factors in families will be offered in this course.

EDU 647 Families, Communities & Diversity

3 Credits

This course will focus on establishing relationships and partnerships within families and community of diverse cultures. Specific strategies in developing programs promoting cultural competence within families and communities will be explored. Students will analyze available family and community resources within their community in promoting and supporting cultural diversity.