Education, Government, and Human Services

You are passionate about helping others and want to share your knowledge and make a difference in the world. Fearless, you will put your life on the line to assist others. You are kind, patient, and understanding of people, from children to the elderly. You listen, are present to others, and strive for peace. Whether education, sociology, justice studies, political science, psychology, social service, substance abuse, legal studies, emergency management or fire science, you will find a career in the Education, Government, and Human Services path!

PROGRAMS IN THIS PATH:


  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Education & Child Development
  • Education/Special Education
  • Elementary Education
  • Elementary Education-English
  • Emergency Management /
    Homeland Security
  • Fire Science/Emergency Medical Technician
  • Gerontology
  • Human Development &
    Family Sciences
  • Justice Studies
  • Law Enforcement
  • Mental Health
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Substance Abuse

All offerings in this path:

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Program Course Sequence
Exploration (For students who are unsure of program/concentration) Course Sequence
Career Degrees and Certificates
Programs Degree Type
Education, Early Childhood and Child Development A.A. Career
Education, Special Education A.A. Career
Emergency Management / Homeland Security A.S. Career
Fire Science / Emergency Medical Technician A.S. Career
Legal Studies, Law Enforcement A.S. Career
Legal Studies, Paralegal Studies A.S. Career
Social Services, Gerontology A.A. Career
Social Services, Mental Health A.A. Career
Social Services, Social Work A.A. Career
Social Services, Substance Abuse A.A. Career
Early Childhood Education Certificate Career
Emergency/ Disaster Management Certificate Career
Gerontology Certificate Career
Homeland Security, Cybersecurity Certificate Career
Homeland Security, Emergency Management Certificate Career
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement Certificate Career
Social Services Certificate Career
Transfer Degrees 
Programs Degree Type
Early Childhood Education URI B.S. Transfer
Philosophy URI B.A Transfer
Political Science URI B.A Transfer
Psychology URI B.A Transfer
Sociology (NOT Criminal Justice) URI B.A Transfer
General Studies - Recommended coursework for Early Childhood Education URI B.S. Transfer
General Studies - Recommended coursework for Elementary Education RIC B.A. Transfer
General Studies - Recommended coursework for Elementary Education English RIC B.A. Transfer
General Studies - Recommended coursework for Elementary Education Special Education RIC B.S. Transfer
General Studies - Recommended coursework for Human Development and Family Sciences URI B.S. Transfer
General Studies - Recommended coursework for Justice Studies RIC B.A. Transfer
General Studies - Recommended coursework for Political Science URI B.A. Transfer
General Studies - Recommended coursework for Psychology URI | RIC  B.A. B.S. Transfer
General Studies - Recommended coursework for Sociology URI | RIC B.A. Transfer
General Studies - Recommended coursework for Social Work RIC B.S.W Transfer
Four Year Program-to-Program Transfer Agreements
Institution Program Degree Type
Charter Oak State College Education - Early Ed. Child Studies B.S. Transfer 
  Education - Special Ed. Child Studies B.S. Transfer 
  Education - Early Ed. Psychology B.S. Transfer 
  Emergency Management - Public Safety Administration B.S. Transfer
  Fire Science - Public Safety Administration B.S. Transfer
  Law Enforcement - Public Safety Administration B.S. Transfer
Fisher College Early Child Ed. - Human Serv: Early Ed and Intervention B.S. Transfer
Providence College Fire Science - Fire Administration B.S. Transfer
Salve Regina University Law Enforcement - Administration of Justice B.S. Transfer

An ASSOCIATE degree from this path helps students begin careers such as:

Court reporters create word-for-word transcriptions at trials, depositions, and other legal proceedings. Some court reporters provide captioning for television and real-time translation for deaf or hard-of-hearing people at public events, in business meetings, or in classrooms.

      • Earning Potential - $36.12/hour; $75,129/year

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*Median wage, RI Department of Labor and Training, 2017

Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics care for the sick or injured in emergency medical settings. People’s lives often depend on the quick reaction and competent care provided by these workers. EMTs and paramedics respond to emergency calls, performing medical services and transporting patients to medical facilities.

      • Earning Potential - $17.45/hour; $36,296/year

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*Median wage, RI Department of Labor and Training, 2017

Fire inspectors examine buildings in order to detect fire hazards and ensure that federal, state, and local fire codes are met. Fire investigators, another type of worker in this field, determine the origin and cause of fires and explosions. Forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists assess outdoor fire hazards in public and residential areas.

      • Earning Potential - $26.75/hour; $55,640/year

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*Median wage, RI Department of Labor and Training, 2017

Firefighters control and put out fires and respond to emergencies where life, property, or the environment is at risk.

      • Earning Potential - $28.10/hour; $58,448/year

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*Median wage, RI Department of Labor and Training, 2017

Library technicians and assistants help librarians with all aspects of running a library. They assist patrons, organize library materials and information, and perform clerical and administrative tasks.

      • Earning Potential - $18.02/hour; $37,481/year

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*Median wage, RI Department of Labor and Training, 2017

Legal support workers perform administrative and secretarial duties in a law firm and will assist lawyers with documents, record keeping and database maintenance. Additional responsibilities may include filing, word processing, scheduling and data entry.

      • Earning Potential - $31.59/hour; $65,707/year

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*Median wage, RI Department of Labor and Training, 2017

Paralegals and legal assistants perform a variety of tasks to support lawyers, including maintaining and organizing files, conducting legal research, and drafting documents.

      • Earning Potential - $24.74/hour; $51,459/year

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*Median wage, RI Department of Labor and Training, 2017

Teacher assistants work under a teacher’s supervision to give students additional attention and instruction.

      • Earning Potential - $14.67/hour; $30,520/year

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*Median wage, RI Department of Labor and Training, 2017

A BACHELOR degree enables students to begin careers such as:

Adult basic and secondary education and literacy teachers and instructors teach or instruct out-of-school youths and adults in remedial education classes, preparatory classes for the General Educational Development test, literacy, or English as a Second Language. Teaching may or may not take place in a traditional educational institution.

      • Earning Potential - $23.51/hour; $48,900/year

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*Median wage, RI Department of Labor and Training, 2017

Child, family and school social workers provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. They may assist parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy..

      • Earning Potential - $29.43/hour; $61,214/year

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*Median wage, RI Department of Labor and Training, 2017

Compliance officers examine, evaluate, and investigate eligibility for or conformity with laws and regulations governing contract compliance of licenses and permits, and perform other compliance and enforcement inspection and analysis activities not classified elsewhere.

      • Earning Potential - $33.40/hour; $69,472/year

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*Median wage, RI Department of Labor and Training, 2017

Emergency management directors prepare plans and procedures for responding to natural disasters or other emergencies. They also help lead the response during and after emergencies, often in coordination with public safety officials, elected officials, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.

      • Earning Potential - $46.30/hour; $96,304/year

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*Median wage, RI Department of Labor and Training, 2017

Kindergarten teachers instruct students in basic subjects but are also required to nurture children and teach them valuable social skills. By using hands-on lessons and creative play, they lay the foundation for future learning.

      • Earning Potential - $32.03/hour; $66,640/year

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*Median wage, RI Department of Labor and Training, 2017

Social and community service managers coordinate and supervise social service programs and community organizations. They manage workers who provide social services to the public.

      • Earning Potential - $42.31/hour; $88,004/year

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*Median wage, RI Department of Labor and Training, 2017


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Last Updated: 9/18/18