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Human Services

The Abraham S. Fischler College of Education and School of Criminal Justice's Department of Human Services (DHS) provides an array of bachelors and masters level programs, aimed at providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to create lasting change in their work across a variety of human services and related fields, including child protection, developmental disabilities, recreational therapy, and human services administration. Undergraduate and graduate programs within DHS are offered entirely online.  The BS in Human Services Administration provides students with a foundational knowledge of vulnerable populations and contemporary social issues, while also building administrative and direct service skills needed to work in a range of human services settings.  The BS in Recreational Therapy prepares students work in the field as Recreational Therapists, helping students gain the necessary knowledge and experience to be prepared to sit for the exam to become Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists.  With regard to graduate programs, the Master of Human Services in Child Protection grounds students in research-based practices, developing the critical knowledge and skills required to respond effectively to complex problems confronting children and families in the child protective services system.  The Master of Science in Developmental Disabilities is designed to prepare researchers, advocates, administrators and policy makers to be leaders in community-based or governmental agencies that address the confluence of issues associated with developmental disabilities throughout the life span. 

Message from the Department Chair

Carmen SessionWelcome to the Department of Human Services at NSU's Abraham S. Fischler College of Education. The department is dedicated to providing the highest level of excellence in educational experiences to current and future professionals who have the desire to enhance the quality of life for their communities, individuals, and families in need. The department's faculty are committed to supporting students in their pursuit of educational and professional goals, and bring a wide range of expertise in the field of human services with specializations ranging from Child Protection to Developmental Disabilities.

Please contact us today at (954) 262-8500 for more information regarding our academic programs, in addition to our many other educational, research and training opportunities.

Carmen Session
Department Chair/Assistant Professor

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