School of Human and Protective Services

Protective Services Education Building 100
1701 Pearson Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 243-5400

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Human Services Associate

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 105203


The Human Services associate program at Madison College trains you to provide information, support, care and advocacy in a human service agency. You will acquire the skills needed to work with individuals, groups and communities. You will learn to work with people of diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. General education courses included in the program teach you to better understand social problems. During the second year of the program, you will start a fieldwork placement in a human service agency. Travel to fieldwork sites is necessary and is your responsibility.

A Caregiver Background Check is required for fieldwork placements. Information obtained from the Criminal History Check may affect your ability to secure a fieldwork placement and your ability to find employment after graduation. Some of the aptitudes and interests that are essential for human service students include emotional stability and maturity, an interest in working with people, and an appreciation of cultural competence and diversity.

The Human Services Associate program is recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services as a training program for substance abuse counselors. The program is also accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education preparing students for the Human Services – Board Certified Professional Credential.

Program Details

Students in the Human Services Associate program can attend full or part time.

Human Services Associate classes may be offered at these  Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Downtown

This program is not offered online.

Human Services


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2016-2017 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

First Semester

Choose one of the following courses. Note: Introduction to Psychology 20-809-231 is a pre-requisite to Developmental Psychology 20-809-233.

Second Semester
Third Semester

Choose from one of the following courses:

Fourth Semester



3 credits


After completing the Human Services program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

  1. Develop and maintain supportive, strength-based helping relationships that foster growth and problem solving in those being helped.
  2. Apply skills to the development of care and treatment plans and interventions.
  3. Demonstrate advocacy and professional and ethical standards.
  4. Provide services in a culturally competent manner.
  5. Develop respectful relationships with staff, clients, families and communities.
  6. Demonstrate effective oral communication with staff, clients and families.
  7. Communicate clearly in written reports.
  8. Write a grant to fulfill identified specific community needs.
  9. Demonstrate assessment and treatment knowledge and skills and strategies for people with substance abuse and mental health problems.

 Associate degree graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of human services including:

  • Case Manager
  • Community Support Worker
  • Substance Abuse Counselor in Training
  • Income Maintenance Worker
  • Information and Referral Specialist
  • Intake Worker
  • Outreach Worker
  • Prevention Worker
  • Resident Manager
  • Volunteer Coordinator

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Program Director
  • Social Worker