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Essential Skills and Dispositions

The following skills and dispositions, with or without reasonable accommodations, are expected of all students enrolled in Human Services: Social Work (HUM), Teaching Assistant (EDU) and Early Childhood Education (EDU) Specializations.

  1. Emotional stability and psychological health to work with children, families, clients, colleagues and college personnel.
  2. Interpersonal skills sufficient to establish a professional relationship with individuals, families, and clients from a variety of cultural, social, emotional, and intellectual backgrounds.
  3. Effective written and oral communication skills.
  4. Critical thinking for assessment and decision making in field placements.
  5. Ability to carry out duties and responsibilities in Human Services or Early Childhood fieldwork, including observation and assessment; monitoring safety needs; moving quickly to ensure children's safety; and lifting children, equipment and supplies up to 50 pounds.
  6. Sufficient stamina to carry out the duties and responsibilities in Human Services or Early Childhood fieldwork placements.
  7. Character dispositions such as honesty, integrity, caring and empathy.