Associate of Arts – Social Work


The Associate of Arts (AA) offers students the opportunity to complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree at relatively low cost and to transfer seamlessly to any public college or university in the state of Ohio. Students pursuing the AA may take courses that fit a variety of four-year major pathways. The state has created Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways where students can choose areas of concentration within the Associate of Arts degree.

Students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in social work and have an interest in case management, social work and counseling can complete an Associate of Arts in Social Work. 

Each program at COTC has a plan of study that lists the courses students take to complete a certificate or degree.  The associate of arts has a plan of study for each area of concentration listing courses that can be taken.

Students interested in the field of social work, who may want to begin working in that field quickly, can consider pursuing the Associate of Applied Science in Human Services. Students who graduate from the Human Services program are eligible to apply for registration as a Social Work Assistant (SWA) through the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board and can begin working. 

What is the difference between the Associate of Applied Science in Human Services and the Associate of Arts in Social Work? 
Which COTC degree is right for me?