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Consumer Education

Would you like to teach people the skills needed to function better in today's world? With its broad background in human sciences and a focus on education, that's just one of the areas the MTSU Family and Consumer Sciences Education program includes. Among the subjects program graduates may teach are personal finance, child development and parenting, nutrition and food management, fashion design, and interior design. Graduates are qualified to teach grades 5 through 12 and also have skills that qualify them for working in businesses and governmental agencies.

Becoming global citizens

Becoming global citizens

Earning a bachelor's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education can lead to jobs anywhere in the world. Projections indicate 50 percent of all graduates in all fields nationwide will work for an international company in the U.S. or abroad by 2020. Many 21st-century career talents—employability (social and technical skills), communication, ability to be a team member, and liking to lead and/or teach—are acquired while studying and working in the field and can be transferred globally to help shape your future.

A passion for teaching

A passion for teaching

Small-town girl Heather Baker's (B.S. '11) love of travel has led her to the family and consumer sciences education classroom at A.C. Reynolds High School in Asheville, N.C. Her hobbies range from reading and writing to cooking and yoga, but her passion lies within education. An eye-opening study abroad teaching experience at Victoria Girls' High School in Grahamstown, South Africa, provided Heather an opportunity to teach child development and also offer assistance after school with students' homework.  This international experience rekindled her spirit and tugged at her heart, showing her education was the path she needed to pursue.

Searching for a career in consumer education? Numerous options are available. Examples include

  • Adult education instructor
  • After-school care director
  • Aging services director
  • Business and industry public affairs specialist/director
  • Consumer and product specialist
  • Cooperative extension agent/director
  • Entrepreneur
  • Head Start teacher/program director
  • Parent resource center director
  • Peace Corps/VISTA member
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Work-life specialists
  • Youth development specialists

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • 71st High School, Greensboro, N.C.
  • A.C. Reynolds High School, Asheville, N.C.
  • Blackman High School, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  • Cousins Middle School, Cousins, Ga.
  • Eagle River High School, Eagle River, Alaska
  • Oxon Hill High School, Oxon Hill, Md.
  • Pittsylvania High School, Pittsylvania, Va.
  • Riverdale High School, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  • Shelbyville Central High School, Shelbyville, Tenn.
  • Siegel High School, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  • The Kroger Co., Memphis, Tenn.
  • UT Extension Service, Davidson County
  • UT Extension Service, Rutherford County
  • UT Extension Service, Van Buren, Washington, and Wayne counties
  • Warren County High School, McMinnville, Tenn.

A student in Family and Consumer Sciences Education, one of two concentrations under the Family and Consumer Studies major, may earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The other concentration, Child Development and Family Studies, also leads to a B.S. The former is geared toward preparation for teaching; the latter is geared toward preparation for working in a variety of settings.

Optional add-on endorsements to Family and Consumer Sciences Education are offered in Early Childhood Care and Services, Clothing Management Production, and Food Production and Management Services. 

Other majors in the Department of Human Sciences leading to a B.S. are Textiles, Merchandising, and Design with two concentrations: Apparel Design or Fashion Merchandising; Interior Design; and Nutrition and Food Science, with concentrations in Nutrition and Food Science or Dietetics. 

Undergraduate minors include Nutrition and Food Sciences; Textiles, Merchandising, and Design; and Human Sciences.

Family and Consumer Studies, Family and Consumer Sciences Education Concentration, B.S.

Department of Human Sciences
615-898-2884
Beth Emery, program coordinator
Beth.Emery@mtsu.edu

The curriculum leading to a major in Family and Consumer Studies is designed primarily for preparation in broad areas of the field. Electives may be used to build strong combinations with other fields of interest. A major in Family and Consumer Studies requires the selection of one concentration from the two available plus one minor outside the field of human sciences.

The concentration in Family and Consumer Sciences Education offers preparation for students to teach family and consumer sciences education in grades 6-12. Licensure to teach family and consumer sciences requires a bachelor's degree from an institution approved for the training of teachers in family and consumer sciences and its occupational areas. A minor in Secondary Education is also required.

Occupational endorsements may be added but are not a required part of the major. Those who successfully complete the program are qualified to teach in vocationally reimbursed family and consumer sciences programs as well as nonreimbursed programs. This curriculum also offers preparation for extension service, business, consumer services, and government agencies.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Family and Consumer Studies, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, B.S., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Major Requirements (53 hours)

  • CDFS 3320 - Family Relations  3 credit hours  

    CDFS 3320 - Family Relations

    3 credit hours

    Family systems, giving consideration to interpersonal relationships. The structure, function, and development of families in a changing society and in relation to other social institutions.

  • CDFS 4310 - Human Development III

    3 credit hours

    In-depth study of physical, intellectual, social, and emotional factors influencing development during adolescence and the reciprocal influences between adolescent development and the family system. Emphasis on the ecological perspective to include the relation between adolescent development, families, and society.

  • CDFS 4350 - Parenting  3 credit hours  

    CDFS 4350 - Parenting

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CDFS 3320 and CDFS 2350 or CDFS 3310 or PSY 4190 (with C- or better), or permission of instructor. Knowledge of parenting and parent/child interactions and the role of the parent educator from various theoretical and applied perspectives.

  • FCSE 1400 - Personal Finance  3 credit hours  

    FCSE 1400 - Personal Finance

    3 credit hours

    Focuses on key financial concepts that affect individuals and families as responsible economic citizens. Emphasis placed on utilizing personal financial planning tools for effective money management practices throughout the life span.

  • FCSE 2510 - Family and Consumer Sciences Education Curriculum

    3 credit hours

    Overview of the philosophy, careers, federal and state legislation and standards, co-curricular youth programs and curriculum in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Emphasis on diversity, technology, globalization, lifelong learning, and special needs of students.

  • FCSE 3510 - Methods and Materials for Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences Education

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: FCSE 2510. Influences on FCSE components of a learning environment, principles of teaching, and curriculum construction; analysis and application of assessment tools and data collection methods for the FCS classroom; and a career management action plan. Community resources and local educators provide mentoring and teaching opportunities in classrooms.

  • HSC 1010 - Career Orientation  1 credit hour credit hours  

    HSC 1010 - Career Orientation

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Development and scope of Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences as a profession; its wide variety of career opportunities with analysis of interests, aptitudes, proficiency, and education related to success in these areas.

  • HSC 3430 - Housing  3 credit hours  

    HSC 3430 - Housing

    3 credit hours

    Evaluation of housing in terms of family needs, economics, building codes, legislation, and technological developments. Housing alternatives presented and analyzed with emphasis on future trends in the field. Offered spring only.

  • HSC 4000 - Senior Seminar  1 credit hour credit hours  

    HSC 4000 - Senior Seminar

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisites: HSC 1010 and junior standing. Examines Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences professions from a global perspective. Identifies skills for success in developing and managing a career. Includes resume and cover letters, leadership, networking, life/work planning, and ethics and professionalism in Human Sciences fields.

  • HSC 4410 - Consumer Economics

    3 credit hours

    Study of the economic system and factors influencing consumer decisions and the marketplace; identifies social, economic, and political forces shaping consumer demands; and analyzes the influence of customs, trends, peer groups, and advertising.

  • HSC 4420 - Personal and Family Management

    3 credit hours

    Examines management functions. Emphasis on management roles and responsibilities of Human Sciences professionals, the relationship of the learning organization concept to the Human Sciences profession, and the use of quality improvement techniques to solve problems encountered by professionals.

  • IDES 4620 - House Furnishings

    3 credit hours

    Design principles; space planning; materials; furniture styles, selection, and buying. Four contact hours per week. Not accepted for credit toward Interior Design major.

  • NFS 2220 - Nutrition for the Health Sciences

    3 credit hours

    Elements of scientific, psychological, sociological bases of nutrition and its relationship to prevention and treatment of degenerative diseases. Emphasis on fostering communication between health care practitioners in assessment and implementation of nutrition care.

  • NFS 3200 - Food Science  3 credit hours  AND

    NFS 3200 - Food Science

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: NFS 3201. Basic physical and chemical principles, techniques, skills, sanitation, and economics involved in quality food selection, composition, and preparation. Lecture meets for two hours per week; lab meets for three hours per week. Offered Fall only.

  • TXMD 3200 - Clothing I  3 credit hours  

    TXMD 3200 - Clothing I

    3 credit hours

    Fundamental clothing construction processes necessary for advanced work in clothing, including sewing machine operation. Garment construction from a commercial pattern and quality standards. Meets five hours per week. Offered once a year.

  • TXMD 2180 - Textiles I  3 credit hours  AND

    TXMD 2180 - Textiles I

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: TXMD 2181. An overview of the textile industry including fibers, yarns, fabric construction, dyeing/printing techniques, and finishes. Emphasis placed on the selection of textile products in relation to end use. Includes labwork involving physical testing. Lecture meets two hours per week; lab meets two hours per week.

  • CDFS 3340 - Life Span Human Development

    3 credit hours

    Emotional, social, physical, and intellectual growth and development of the individual over the life span with a family-oriented emphasis. Not available to Early Childhood Education and/or Family and Consumer Studies: Child Development and Family Studies majors.

  • SOC 3151 - Life Cycle and the Social Environment

    3 credit hours

    Overview of life course structure and processes examining physical, cognitive, social, and personality development including the role of institutions.

  • PSYC 2130 3 credit hours
  • HSC 3020 - Presentation Techniques

    3 credit hours

    Principles and techniques of effective presentations and demonstrations. Opportunities for experience in presenting demonstrations to the public through mass media. Three hours per week.

  • COMM 3560 - Intercultural Communication

    3 credit hours

    Examines how perceptions, values, norms of behavior, and communication patterns vary among cultures. Content emphasizes increased understanding and problem-solving techniques when people from different cultures interact.

  • NFS 3100 - Food and Culture in the United States

    3 credit hours

    Traces development of foods in regions of the U.S. by immigration of ethnic groups or as native to areas. Influence of immigrant cultures and customs on the introduction and development of regional foods. Concepts include food production, supply, and food processing over the last 150 years and the impact on diet.

  • NFS 3210 - Meal Management  3 credit hours  OR

    NFS 3210 - Meal Management

    3 credit hours

    Functions of management applied to serving nutritionally adequate and aesthetically satisfying meals. Management of human and nonhuman resources in group situations. Five hours per week.

  • HLTH 4360 - Teaching Human Sexuality

    3 credit hours

    Assists individuals in developing, implementing, and evaluating human sexuality curricula and programs for schools (K-12) and other educational venues.

  • HLTH 4390 - Women's Health  3 credit hours  

    HLTH 4390 - Women's Health

    3 credit hours

    Applies and extends the knowledge base of health care for women and provides students with the knowledge to help them enhance their own and others' health.

Secondary Education Minor (27 hours)

See Secondary Education Minorfor further information.

Total hours in program: 121

 

Family and Consumer Sciences Education (FCSE) Add-On Endorsements

The programs of study leading to endorsements in the three occupational areas-early childhood care and services (#451), clothing management production (#452), and food production and management services (#453) are included in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education major and offered as additional endorsements to the basic FACS endorsement (#450). Each endorsement requires 12 semester hours of additional coursework. The 453 endorsement is also offered for graduate credit.

Endorsements and courses are listed below.

Option A: Early Childhood Care and Services (12 hours)

 

  • CDFS 2350 - Human Development I

    3 credit hours

    (Same as ECE 2350.) Child development theories. Physical, cognitive, psychosocial development of the child, conception to three years of age. Diversity issues affecting development addressed. One hour observation per week required.

  • CDFS 3310 - Human Development II

    3 credit hours

    (Same as ECE 3310.) Prerequisite: CDFS 2350 with C- or better or permission of instructor. Physical, cognitive, psychosocial development of the child, from three years of age through middle childhood. Diversity issues affecting development addressed. One hour observation per week required.

  • ECE 4360 - Administering Early Childhood Programs

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education; ECE 4300 or ECE 4380 . Examines diverse early care and education settings and their influence on child development. Emphasis on program planning and administration in early childhood settings. One hour per week of observation required.  

  • ECE 4370 - Effective Instruction (Birth-5)

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ECE 2350/CDFS 2350 and ECE 3310/CDFS 3310. Knowledge and skills necessary for implementing developmentally appropriate practices in programs serving children birth to age five.  

Option B: Clothing Management Production (12 hours)

 

  • TXMD 1110 - Basic Design  3 credit hours  

    TXMD 1110 - Basic Design

    3 credit hours

    Studio course that applies the elements and principles of design, aesthetics, and problem solving within the framework of apparel design and fashion merchandising. Basic introductory sewing techniques included to apply design fundamentals to fabric. Meets five hours per week.  

  • TXMD 1170 - Introduction to the Fashion Industry

    3 credit hours

    How the fashion world operates from planning stages to consumer. Emphasis on production and distribution of fashion goods, current trends, and technological developments.  

  • TXMD 3150 - Apparel Selection and Evaluation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: TXMD 2180/TXMD 2181. An overview of the apparel industry structure and the functions of each division. Emphasis on recognizing quality in relation to fabrication, construction, and design of garments. No construction involved. Offered once a year.

  • TXMD 4400 - Fashion Product Line Development and Merchandising

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: TXMD 3320, TXMD 4220, or HSC 4430; senior standing (90 credit hours). Senior capstone course that requires application of skills and knowledge gained in the major coursework in a realistic industry context. Create an original product line in a team environment; design, construct, market and merchandise product line, and enter into a juried design competition and/or sell through a retail outlet. Meets five hours per week. Offered once a year.

Option C: Food Production and Management Services (12 hours)

 

  • NFS 3100 - Food and Culture in the United States

    3 credit hours

    Traces development of foods in regions of the U.S. by immigration of ethnic groups or as native to areas. Influence of immigrant cultures and customs on the introduction and development of regional foods. Concepts include food production, supply, and food processing over the last 150 years and the impact on diet.

  • NFS 4100 - Food Service Management for Culinary Arts

    3 credit hours

    Explores the management process of the food service industry. Areas of study include food and beverage operations, facility design, food service marketing, menu planning, and nutritional concerns. 

  • FCSE 4502 - Food Production and Management

    2 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Directed participation in planned and supervised occupational experiences of 7 hours field experience per week. Must apply previous semester.

  • FCSE 4570 - Fundamentals of Culinary Arts

    3 credit hours

    (Same as NFS 4570.) Prerequisite: NFS 3200. Fundamentals and basic concepts of culinary arts to include professionalism; mis en place; Escoffier's kitchen brigade system; tools and equipment; knife skills; preparation of sauces and stocks; principles of meat, fish, dairy, and vegetable cookery; garde manger; baking; and presentation of aesthetically appealing plates and buffets.

  • NFS 4265 - Food Safety and Sanitation  1 credit hour credit hours  

    NFS 4265 - Food Safety and Sanitation

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: NFS 3200 with a B or better. Addresses food safety issues impacting food production, food storage, and food service within the home and food service facilities along with food standards and regulations designed to improve safety of the food supply.

Curriculum: Family and Consumer Studies, Family and Consumer Studies Education

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • Natural Sciences (2 prefixes) 8 credit hours
  • HSC 1010 - Career Orientation  1 credit hour credit hours  

    HSC 1010 - Career Orientation

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Development and scope of Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences as a profession; its wide variety of career opportunities with analysis of interests, aptitudes, proficiency, and education related to success in these areas.

  • NFS 2220 - Nutrition for the Health Sciences

    3 credit hours

    Elements of scientific, psychological, sociological bases of nutrition and its relationship to prevention and treatment of degenerative diseases. Emphasis on fostering communication between health care practitioners in assessment and implementation of nutrition care.

  • FCSE 1400 - Personal Finance  3 credit hours  

    FCSE 1400 - Personal Finance

    3 credit hours

    Focuses on key financial concepts that affect individuals and families as responsible economic citizens. Emphasis placed on utilizing personal financial planning tools for effective money management practices throughout the life span.

  • FCSE 2510 - Family and Consumer Sciences Education Curriculum

    3 credit hours

    Overview of the philosophy, careers, federal and state legislation and standards, co-curricular youth programs and curriculum in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Emphasis on diversity, technology, globalization, lifelong learning, and special needs of students.

 

  • TXMD 2180 - Textiles I  3 credit hours  AND

    TXMD 2180 - Textiles I

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: TXMD 2181. An overview of the textile industry including fibers, yarns, fabric construction, dyeing/printing techniques, and finishes. Emphasis placed on the selection of textile products in relation to end use. Includes labwork involving physical testing. Lecture meets two hours per week; lab meets two hours per week.

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

 

Sophomore

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA) OR

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (2 prefixes) 6 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences (2 prefixes) 6 credit hours
  • Mathematics 3 credit hours
  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • TXMD 3200 - Clothing I  3 credit hours  

    TXMD 3200 - Clothing I

    3 credit hours

    Fundamental clothing construction processes necessary for advanced work in clothing, including sewing machine operation. Garment construction from a commercial pattern and quality standards. Meets five hours per week. Offered once a year.

  • YOED 2500 - Planning and Assessment

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of 45 semester hours and admission to Teacher Education. Offers preparation for planning instruction, assessing student learning, and understanding how classroom assessment and standardized testing should impact instruction. Introduces education policy, professionalism, and theory which informs students as they enter and practice the profession. Field experience required.

 

  • CDFS 3340 - Life Span Human Development

    3 credit hours

    Emotional, social, physical, and intellectual growth and development of the individual over the life span with a family-oriented emphasis. Not available to Early Childhood Education and/or Family and Consumer Studies: Child Development and Family Studies majors.

  • SOC 3151 - Life Cycle and the Social Environment

    3 credit hours

    Overview of life course structure and processes examining physical, cognitive, social, and personality development including the role of institutions.

  • PSYC 2130 (formerly 2111 - TN eCampus) - Lifespan Psychology 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 33 Hours

 

Junior

 

  • CDFS 4310 - Human Development III

    3 credit hours

    In-depth study of physical, intellectual, social, and emotional factors influencing development during adolescence and the reciprocal influences between adolescent development and the family system. Emphasis on the ecological perspective to include the relation between adolescent development, families, and society.

  • CDFS 4350 - Parenting  3 credit hours  

    CDFS 4350 - Parenting

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CDFS 3320 and CDFS 2350 or CDFS 3310 or PSY 4190 (with C- or better), or permission of instructor. Knowledge of parenting and parent/child interactions and the role of the parent educator from various theoretical and applied perspectives.

  • FCSE 3510 - Methods and Materials for Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences Education

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: FCSE 2510. Influences on FCSE components of a learning environment, principles of teaching, and curriculum construction; analysis and application of assessment tools and data collection methods for the FCS classroom; and a career management action plan. Community resources and local educators provide mentoring and teaching opportunities in classrooms.

  • HSC 3430 - Housing  3 credit hours  

    HSC 3430 - Housing

    3 credit hours

    Evaluation of housing in terms of family needs, economics, building codes, legislation, and technological developments. Housing alternatives presented and analyzed with emphasis on future trends in the field. Offered spring only.

  • HSC 4000 - Senior Seminar  1 credit hour credit hours  

    HSC 4000 - Senior Seminar

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisites: HSC 1010 and junior standing. Examines Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences professions from a global perspective. Identifies skills for success in developing and managing a career. Includes resume and cover letters, leadership, networking, life/work planning, and ethics and professionalism in Human Sciences fields.

  • HSC 4420 - Personal and Family Management

    3 credit hours

    Examines management functions. Emphasis on management roles and responsibilities of Human Sciences professionals, the relationship of the learning organization concept to the Human Sciences profession, and the use of quality improvement techniques to solve problems encountered by professionals.

  • IDES 4620 - House Furnishings

    3 credit hours

    Design principles; space planning; materials; furniture styles, selection, and buying. Four contact hours per week. Not accepted for credit toward Interior Design major.

  • YOED 3000 - Classroom Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: YOED 2500 with grade of B or better and admission to Teacher Education. Introduces a variety of classroom management strategies and techniques that will foster a positive learning environment in the classrooms. Provides an overview of behavior management models, theories, and research as a foundation for classroom practice. Facilitates, through the use of field experiences, the analysis of school-wide policies/procedures and insight on real life classroom management expectations of the first-year teacher.

  • YOED 3300 - Problem-Based Instructional Strategies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: YOED 2500 with grade of B or better and admission to Teacher Education. Offers preparation for students to develop and present instructional strategies that frame curriculum content in problem-solving contexts. Field experience in a public school setting required.

 

  • NFS 3200 - Food Science  3 credit hours  AND

    NFS 3200 - Food Science

    3 credit hours

    Corequisite: NFS 3201. Basic physical and chemical principles, techniques, skills, sanitation, and economics involved in quality food selection, composition, and preparation. Lecture meets for two hours per week; lab meets for three hours per week. Offered Fall only.

 

  • COMM 3560 - Intercultural Communication

    3 credit hours

    Examines how perceptions, values, norms of behavior, and communication patterns vary among cultures. Content emphasizes increased understanding and problem-solving techniques when people from different cultures interact.

  • HSC 3020 - Presentation Techniques

    3 credit hours

    Principles and techniques of effective presentations and demonstrations. Opportunities for experience in presenting demonstrations to the public through mass media. Three hours per week.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

 

Senior

 

  • YOED 4020 - Residency I: Grades K-12

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; successful completion of YOED 2500, YOED 3000, YOED 3300 with a grade of B or better; overall grade point average maintained at a minimum of 2.75; grade point average in the major at a minimum of 2.50; and senior standing. A school-based clinical experience in a problem-based learning format in art, drama, music, or physical education.

    NOTE: All students must obtain a grade of B or better in this course to move forward to Residency II.

  • YOED 4400 - Residency II  12 credit hours  

    YOED 4400 - Residency II

    12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; successful completion (with grade of B or better) of YOED 2500, YOED 3000, YOED 3300, YOED 4020,YOED 4030, or YOED 4040; passing score(s) on the specialty area exam(s) of Praxis II; overall grade point average maintained at a minimum of 2.75; grade point average in the major at a minimum of 2.50; and senior standing. A full-day, full-semester supervised teaching experience in a public school classroom. Pass/Fail grading.

  • CDFS 3320 - Family Relations  3 credit hours  

    CDFS 3320 - Family Relations

    3 credit hours

    Family systems, giving consideration to interpersonal relationships. The structure, function, and development of families in a changing society and in relation to other social institutions.

  • HSC 4410 - Consumer Economics

    3 credit hours

    Study of the economic system and factors influencing consumer decisions and the marketplace; identifies social, economic, and political forces shaping consumer demands; and analyzes the influence of customs, trends, peer groups, and advertising.

 

  • NFS 3100 - Food and Culture in the United States

    3 credit hours

    Traces development of foods in regions of the U.S. by immigration of ethnic groups or as native to areas. Influence of immigrant cultures and customs on the introduction and development of regional foods. Concepts include food production, supply, and food processing over the last 150 years and the impact on diet.

  • NFS 3210 - Meal Management  3 credit hours  OR

    NFS 3210 - Meal Management

    3 credit hours

    Functions of management applied to serving nutritionally adequate and aesthetically satisfying meals. Management of human and nonhuman resources in group situations. Five hours per week.

  • HLTH 4360 - Teaching Human Sexuality

    3 credit hours

    Assists individuals in developing, implementing, and evaluating human sexuality curricula and programs for schools (K-12) and other educational venues.

  • HLTH 4390 - Women's Health  3 credit hours  

    HLTH 4390 - Women's Health

    3 credit hours

    Applies and extends the knowledge base of health care for women and provides students with the knowledge to help them enhance their own and others' health.

Subtotal: 27 Hours

 

Dr. Sandra Poirier
Professor
sandra.poirier@mtsu.edu

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Child Development and Family Studies

CDFS 2350 - Human Development I
3 credit hours

(Same as ECE 2350.) Child development theories. Physical, cognitive, psychosocial development of the child, conception to three years of age. Diversity issues affecting development addressed. One hour observation per week required.

CDFS 3300 - Caring Across Generations
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. A service learning course in which students are trained as certified nurses' assistants (CNAs) including basic care skills as well as interaction with the elderly and their families. Designed to help students assess their level of interest in pursuing careers in working with children and/or the elderly in a medical setting.

CDFS 3310 - Human Development II
3 credit hours

(Same as ECE 3310.) Prerequisite: CDFS 2350 or permission of instructor. Physical, cognitive, psychosocial development of the child, from three years of age through middle childhood. Diversity issues affecting development addressed. One hour observation per week required.

CDFS 3320 - Family Relations
3 credit hours

Family systems, giving consideration to interpersonal relationships. The structure, function, and development of families in a changing society and in relation to other social institutions.

CDFS 3330 - Dynamics of Interpersonal Relationships
3 credit hours

Skills and knowledge essential to the development and maintenance of interpersonal and work relationships analyzed. Topics focus on self-awareness, communication in various types of relationships, and managing feelings and conflict.

CDFS 3340 - Life Span Human Development
3 credit hours

Emotional, social, physical, and intellectual growth and development of the individual over the life span with a family-oriented emphasis. Not available to Early Childhood Education and/or Family and Consumer Studies: Child Development and Family Studies majors.

CDFS 3390 - Child Development and Family Studies Professional Semin
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Junior standing in the CDFS program and approval of the instructor. A prerequisite to HSC 4101 Internship in CDFS. Professional issues of ethics, networking, social change and public policy relating to children and families to be covered in 50-hour seminar format. Also, a site-approved, 100-hour field placement to be completed. Offered Fall only.

CDFS 4140 - Violence in the Family
3 credit hours

(Same as SOC 4140.) Prerequisite: CDFS 3320 or SOC 2500 or permission of instructor. The causes, dynamics, and consequences of violence in the family. Includes the discussion of violence toward children, spouses, dating partners, siblings, and elders. Emphasizes the social conditions which lead to these types of violence.

CDFS 4310 - Human Development III
3 credit hours

In-depth study of physical, intellectual, social, and emotional factors influencing development during adolescence and the reciprocal influences between adolescent development and the family system. Emphasis on the ecological perspective to include the relation between adolescent development, families, and society.

CDFS 4340 - The Contemporary Family
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CDFS 3320 or permission of instructor. An ecological approach to the study of contemporary issues, problems, questions, and life styles as they relate to families and individuals.

CDFS 4350 - Parenting
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CDFS 3320 and CDFS 2350 or CDFS 3310 or PSY 4190 (with C- or better), or permission of instructor. Knowledge of parenting and parent/child interactions and the role of the parent educator from various theoretical and applied perspectives.

CDFS 4390 - Families in Later Life
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Human Science majors - CDFS 3320; Sociology majors - SOC 2600 or permission of instructor. Examination of families in later life from an ecological approach with emphasis on family forms and relationships.

CDFS 4391 - Aging Health and Development
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CDFS 4390 or SOC 2600 or permission of the instructor. A service learning opportunity that provides students with understanding of the concepts and application of aging, families in later life, assessment, and gerontological program planning and implementation. May be repeated with permission of instructor.

CDFS 4710 - Family Centered Community Building I
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CDFS 3320 or permission of instructor. A survey course on family-centered community building (FCCB). Introduces advanced undergraduates to a range of topics, issues, and frameworks. Focused on cohesive, family-centered communities. Offered fall only.

CDFS 4720 - Family Centered Community Building II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CDFS 4710 (with a C- or better) or permission of instructor. A service-learning course based on the application of family-centered community building. Introduces undergraduate students as well as community practitioners to issues and activities intended to help build stronger, more cohesive, and family-centered communities. Offered spring only.

CDFS 4790 - Family Life Program Development and Evaluation
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDFS 2350, CDFS 3310, CDFS 3320, CDFS 3390, CDFS 4310,  CDFS 4340, CDFS 4350, CDFS 4390 , and CDFS 4710 (with grade of C- or better). Addresses concepts of family life education as they apply to the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs. Incorporates developmentally appropriate criteria for individuals and families over the life span.

Family and Consumer Sciences Education

FCSE 1400 - Personal Finance
3 credit hours

Focuses on key financial concepts that affect individuals and families as responsible economic citizens. Emphasis placed on utilizing personal financial planning tools for effective money management practices throughout the life span.

FCSE 2510 - Family and Consumer Sciences Education Curriculum
3 credit hours

Overview of the philosophy, careers, federal and state legislation and standards, co-curricular youth programs and curriculum in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Emphasis on diversity, technology, globalization, lifelong learning, and special needs of students.

FCSE 3510 - Methods and Materials for Teaching Family and Consumer
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: FCSE 2510. Influences on FCSE components of a learning environment, principles of teaching, and curriculum construction; analysis and application of assessment tools and data collection methods for the FCS classroom; and a career management action plan. Community resources and local educators provide mentoring and teaching opportunities in classrooms.

FCSE 4500 - Occupational Field Experience
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Directed participation in planned and supervised occupational experiences of 8 hours field experience per week.

FCSE 4501 - Care and Guidance of Children
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Directed participation in planned and supervised occupational experiences of 8 hours field experience per week.

FCSE 4502 - Food Production and Management
2 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Directed participation in planned and supervised occupational experiences of 7 hours field experience per week. Must apply previous semester.

FCSE 4540 - Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences Education
1 to 6 credit hours

Review of recent advances in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Analysis and evaluation of selected topics, materials, and methods in terms of their appropriateness for teaching competencies in Family and Consumer Sciences.

FCSE 4550 - Curriculum Development
3 credit hours

Review of recent advances in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Analysis and evaluation of selected topics, materials, and methods in terms of their appropriateness for teaching curriculum objectives in home economics.

FCSE 4560 - Problems in Teaching Materials
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department chair. Application of principles and techniques involved in the selection and preparation of effective teaching materials and visual aids.

FCSE 4570 - Fundamentals of Culinary Arts
3 credit hours

(Same as NFS 4570.) Prerequisite: NFS 3200. Fundamentals and basic concepts of culinary arts to include professionalism; mis en place; Escoffier's kitchen brigade system; tools and equipment; knife skills; preparation of sauces and stocks; principles of meat, fish, dairy, and vegetable cookery; garde manger; baking; and presentation of aesthetically appealing plates and buffets.

Contact and Student Information

Deborah Belcher
deborah.belcher@mtsu.edu
615-898-2884

Jennifer Austin (A-K)
jennifer.austin@mtsu.edu
615-898-4803 | CKNB 108

Danielle Rochelle (L-Z)
danielle.rochelle@mtsu.edu
615-898-4803 | CKNB 108

Department of Human Sciences
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 86 
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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