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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 and
    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:

Explore this Path
Program Course Sequence
Exploration (for students who are unsure of program/concentration) Course Sequence
Career degrees and certificates
Programs Degree Type Sequence
Education, Early Childhood and Child Development A.A. Career  Map
Education, Special Education A.A. Career  Map
Emergency Management/Homeland Security A.S. Career  Map 
Fire Science/Emergency Medical Technician A.S. Career  Map
Legal Studies, Law Enforcement A.S. Career  Map
Legal Studies, Paralegal Studies A.S. Career  Map 
Social Services, Gerontology A.A. Career  Map
Social Services, Mental Health A.A. Career  Map
Social Services, Social Work A.A. Career  Map
Social Services, Substance Abuse A.A. Career  Map
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  
URI and RIC transfer agreements 
Programs Degree Type
Early Childhood Education URI B.S.  
Philosophy URI B.A  
Political Science URI B.A  
Psychology URI B.A  
Sociology (NOT Criminal Justice) URI B.A  
General Studies - Recommended coursework for Early Childhood Education URI B.S. JAA
General Studies - Recommended coursework for Elementary Education URIRIC B.A. JAA
General Studies - Recommended coursework for Elementary Education English RIC B.A. JAA
General Studies - Recommended coursework for Elementary Education Special Education RIC B.S. JAA
General Studies - Recommended coursework for Secondary Education URI B.A. JAA
General Studies - Recommended coursework for Human Development and Family Sciences URI B.S. JAA
General Studies - Recommended coursework for Justice Studies RIC B.A. JAA
General Studies - Recommended coursework for Political Science URI | RIC B.A. JAA
General Studies - Recommended coursework for Psychology URI | RIC  B.A. B.S. JAA
General Studies - Recommended coursework for Sociology URI | RIC B.A. JAA
General Studies - Recommended coursework for Social Work RIC B.S.W JAA
Four-year program-to-program transfer agreements
Institution Program Degree Type
Charter Oak State College Education - Early Ed. Child Studies B.S.  
  Education - Special Ed. Child Studies B.S.  
  Education - Early Ed. Psychology B.S.  
  Emergency Management - Public Safety Administration B.S.  
  Fire Science - Public Safety Administration B.S.  
  Law Enforcement - Public Safety Administration B.S.  
Excelsior College Homeland Security & Emergency Management  B.S.   
  Criminal Justice B.S.  
Fisher College Early Child Ed. - Human Services: Early Ed and Intervention B.S.  
Johnson & Wales University Criminal Justice B.S.  
Post University Emergency Management and Homeland Security B.S.  
Providence College Fire Science - Fire Administration B.S.  
Salve Regina University Law Enforcement - Administration of Justice B.S.  

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

  • Court reporters
  • Emergency medical technicians and paramedics
  • Fire inspectors and investigators
  • Firefighters
  • Library technicians
  • Legal support workers
  • Paralegals and legal assistants
  • Teacher assistants

A BACHELOR'S degree enables students to begin careers such as:

  • Art Director
  • Adult basic and secondary education and literacy teachers and instructors
  • Child, family and school social workers
  • Compliance officers
  • Emergency management directors
  • Kindergarten teachers, except special education
  • Social and community service managers

Check out the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information, including salaries, on a career in Education, Government, and Human Services.