CHILD, FAMILY, AND CONSUMER SCIENCES AND EDUCATION CONCENTRATION

The child, family, and consumer sciences and education concentration includes two options: Child and Family Studies and Family and Consumer Sciences Education. The concentration is designed to provide a broad based education in child development and family relationships and Human Environmental Sciences, while allowing flexibility in course work to meet individual career goals. Students in the concentration prepare for career opportunities such as: child care provider, parent educator, child development specialist, family services director, community services worker, early intervention teacher, family and consumer sciences teacher, and 4-H agent. Observations of young children and hands-on experiences at the UT Martin Children’s Center, with child and family grant programs and student teaching for those in the family and consumer sciences option, in addition to course work, provide the means for the student to gain the knowledge and skills needed in the field.

Family and Consumer Sciences Education graduates meet the requirements for secondary licensure (grades 7-12) to teach vocational Family and Consumer Sciences in Tennessee. The certificate is also valid in states which grant reciprocity in licensure to graduates of institutions accredited by NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education) or which participate in reciprocity agreement developed by NASDTEC (National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification). The program is offered in cooperation with the School of Education which governs admission requirements to teacher education and exit requirements for the National Teachers’ Exam (NTE) and for the recommendation for certification.

Students must file an application and be admitted to the teacher education program for eligibility to enroll in professional education courses (refer to page 189 for the criteria for admission). Continuation in the program and recommendations for licensure are dependent upon fulfilling the requirements stipulated on page 190. Those graduates recommended for certification apply for endorsement in Vocational Family and Consumer Sciences, and, if eligible, for additional endorsement in one or more occupational home economics areas.

To qualify for added endorsements in occupational home economics, students are required to complete 14-15 semester hours in each subject matter area related to the endorsement.

Degree Requirements

I. Human Environmental Sciences Core Component ................................ 17 hours

              (see page 76)

II. General Education Component ............................................................ .55 hours

              Art 221

             CFS 211

            Chemistry 121-122 or Biology 110-120

            Communications 230

            Human Learning 311

            Economics 201

           English 111-112, any 200 level English literature course

           Health 111 or 320

           Mathematics 140

           Microbiology 251

           Psychology 110

           Sociology 201

           Zoology 201

          History Elective (3 hours)

III. Human Environmental Sciences Component .................................... 25 /28-29 hours

          CFS 303, 411

          Food Science 200, 313

          CRM 302

          CRM 403 or Interior Design 210

          Nutrition 322

          TCFM 303

          TCFM 103 or TCFM 415 (for FCSEd option only)

IV. Professional Development Component ............................................ 31-34 hours

         Child and Family Studies Option

         Electives in Child and Family Studies 9 hours

        (Courses selected to meet student’s own interest in specialization for career)

        HL 325

       Special Education 430

       Teacher Education 485

  

        Select Alternative A, or B to complement electives and to develop specialization. Certain combinations of the two              alternatives may be approved.

                        A. Supervised Field Experience: HES 460, 48_, 49_

                       B. Approved Electives 300-400

      

        Family and Consumer Sciences Education Option

        Family and Consumer Sciences Education 330*, 340*, 404*, 405*

        HL 325

        Special Education 300

        Teacher Education 211, 301, 303*, 401*

        (*Admission to Teacher Education required for courses marked with an asterisk.)

 

Total required for a B.S. degree ...................................................... 131 hours

A minimum of 48 hours is required in upper division courses.


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