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    May 20, 2024  
2023-2024 | Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 | Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social and Public Services

Are you a people person? Interested in making a positive impact on others? Passionate about helping others feel safe and secure? The Social and Public Services career pathway might be for you! This is your opportunity to prepare to work with diverse populations and to gain the knowledge needed to navigate real-life scenarios. Social justice, respect and appreciation of all people is emphasized with a focus on creating safe, mentally and emotionally healthy environments for individuals, families and communities.

Undecided? ► START BIG
Not sure exactly what you want to do? Start by taking some core general social and public services courses that will apply to any of our social and public services programs. This may help you decide which specific path you want to take.

Explore Specific Social and Public Services Pathways ►


Full-Time ► (Estimated 2-Year Completion)
Criminal Justice  
Criminal Justice/Computer Forensics   
Early Childhood Education   
Social Services 
Part-Time* ► (Estimated 4-Year Completion)
Criminal Justice  
Criminal Justice/Computer Forensics   
Early Childhood Education   

*Part-Time enrollment status may affect Financial Aid. Please refer to the Financial Aid Office.


Edison State offers technical certificates within career program areas. Courses outlined in each certificate can lead to an Associate degree for the program sponsoring the certificate. Students generally receive certificates for the completion of 30-37 semester hours of coursework. A certificate can be completed in twelve months.


Short-Term Technical Certificates give students the skills needed to enter a new career field or to advance in their current role and can be completed in under a year.

Child Development Associate    
Emergency Medical Technician    
Peace Officer Academy  

Is this the right fit for you? ►
Learn more about yourself and how you align with this career field by visiting Career and Job Services.