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Child and Family Studies

Families—they come in many shapes and sizes, and everyone experiences them in one way or another! At MTSU, Child Development and Family Studies offers opportunities to learn about individuals that make up families, starting with conception and going through old age—how they develop socially, physically, emotionally, and intellectually. With a focus on experiential learning, dynamic faculty members provide guidance in settings outside the classroom that allow students to observe and be involved with children and families. Internships and field placements help prepare students for their careers by providing real experiences with people of all ages.

Fighting hunger one backpack at a time

Fighting hunger one backpack at a time

Some people think of doing things for others when all is going well for them—that’s not true of Jennifer Austin. She was a nursing major in 2006 when an automobile accident left her paralyzed and wheelchair bound. “I knew I wanted to continue in a field of helping others, but I wasn’t sure where to turn,” Jennifer says. Finally returning in 2009, she found a “new home in the Human Sciences Department.” Through a Family Centered Community Building class, Jennifer got involved with the BackPack Program, which provides backpacks filled with non-perishable, child-friendly, nutritious food to insecure children before weekends and holidays. Recognizing the vast need, Jennifer later entered an internship with Universities Fighting World Hunger and organized a campaign—Feed a Child, Feed a Dream—netting more than $1,300 for the backpack effort. “This was by far my most rewarding experience at MTSU! I felt as though I was truly making a difference in the lives of those around me.”

A special spot at a special place

A special spot at a special place

Kacy Plunkett (’12) changed her major four times before settling on Child Development and Family Studies. “I chose CDFS because it encompassed my passion: helping others!” She does exactly that at Special Kids, Murfreesboro, a faith-based, nonprofit organization serving children with special needs. A 100-hour field placement first took Kacy to Special Kids, but she stayed as a volunteer; she later returned as an intern and was hired on her last day. Kacy is over TEAMM (therapeutic education and medical monitoring), a new program that involves typical kids as peer models for special needs children. Not only is Kacy enthusiastic about her major, she is grateful for help received in the advising center and has a keen awareness of the benefits of classwork, internships, and field work. “I never expected to leave MTSU with so much experience and hands-on work that would truly shape my career and my life.”

With the opportunity to learn about the entire family—from human development to family dynamics—individuals who choose to major in Child Development and Family Studies find career opportunities in many settings. Students who choose to pursue the nationally approved program that allows one to become a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) may find opportunities in family life education, social service agencies, day care programs, crisis intervention programs, and senior citizen services. The demand for those with people-oriented skills is expected to increase in the coming years. Examples of career options includeAdoption and/or foster care worker

  • Behavior modification specialist
  • Child and family advocate
  • Child care provider and administrator
  • Child life specialist
  • Crisis intervention service provider
  • Early intervention specialist
  • Elder care advocate, service provider, or administrator
  • Family and child case worker
  • Family and consumer sciences extension agent
  • Family life educator  
  • Family resource and support center professional
  • Social services director
  • Youth counselor

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Adam's Place
  • Bethany Christian Services (adoption)
  • CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of Rutherford Co.
  • Child Advocacy Center
  • Community Care of Rutherford County
  • Division of Children’s Services
  • Eden Alternative
  • Head Start
  • Kids R Kids
  • LeBonheur Children's Hospital
  • Middle Tennessee State University: University College; College of Behavioral and Health Sciences
  • Murfreesboro Domestic Violence Program
  • Special Kids
  • Stones River Manor Assisted Living
  • Sunnington Assisted Living
  • Tennessee Early Intervention System
  • University of Tennessee Extension
  • Youth Villages

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Undergraduates in the Family and Consumer Studies major program may pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in one of two concentrations: Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) or Family and Consumer Science Education (FCSE). CDFS is geared toward preparation for working in a variety of settings; FCSE is geared toward preparing to teach.

CDFS students typically take minors such as Aging Studies, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Foreign Languages, Health and Human Performance, Psychology, or Sociology.  

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

The department offers undergraduate minors in Nutrition and Food Science; Textiles, Merchandise, and Design; and Human Sciences.

Family and Consumer Studies, Child Development and Family Studies 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 Child Development and Family Studies is a nationally approved program that offers preparation for a student to become a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). Completion of this program leads to career opportunities with family life education, social service agencies, day care programs (care giving and administration), crisis intervention programs, and senior citizen services; in business as consultants; in medical settings as child life specialists; and as advocates for children and families.

NOTE: Students interested in becoming Certified Family Life Educators (CFLE) must earn a grade of C- or higher in all CFLE-approved CDFS and related courses.

Academic Map

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

Family and Consumer Studies, Child Development and Family Studies, 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.

The following General Education courses are recommended for this major:

  • MATH 1010 (Math)
  • PSY 1410 (Soc/Beh Sci)

Major Requirements (62 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.

  • 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 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 3390 - Child Development and Family Studies Professional Seminar

    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 with C- or better 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 with C- or better 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  

    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 with C- or better; Sociology majors - SOC 2600 with C- or better 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 with C or better 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. Meets four hours per week.

  • CDFS 4710 - Family Centered Community Building I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CDFS 3320 with C- or better 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 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 (all 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.

  • 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 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 4101 - Internship: Child Development and Family Studies

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CDFS 3330, CDFS 4140, and CDFS 4790. Permission of department and minimum 2.25 GPA, and specific program area course requirements. Experiential learning opportunity to provide students with supervised professional work experience in their major fields. Minimum of 300 hours at internship site plus seminars. Offered spring and summer only.

  • 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 1240 - Principles of Nutrition

    3 credit hours

    Fundamentals of normal nutrition and its relationship to health and physical fitness with emphasis on the scientific, psychological, sociological, and economic aspects of nutrition. (Credit not allowed for Nutrition and Food Sciences major.)

  • 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.

  • PSY 4600 - Psychosexual Adjustment

    3 credit hours

    Psychological, cultural, and biological facets of the human sexual experience. Attitudes and behaviors, variances and dysfunctions, implications and strategies for treatment.

Choose two courses from:

  • 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 4391 - Aging Health and Development

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CDFS 4390 or SOC 2600 with C or better 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. Meets four hours per week.

  • 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.

  • ECE 4300 - Preschool Practicum

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ECE 2350/CDFS 2350; ECE 3310/CDFS 3310; ECE 4320; ECE 4370; admission to teacher education program. Corequisite: ECE 4301. May be taken concurrently with ECE 4320; if not taken concurrently must be a prerequisite. May not be taken concurrently with ECE 4380. Advanced information and skills working with three- and four-year olds. Lab interaction with children; planning and implementation of curriculum. Three hours laboratory plus two-hour seminar per week.

  • ECE 4380 - Infant and Toddler Practicum

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ECE 2350/CDFS 2350, ECE 3310/CDFS 3310, ECE 4370; admission to teacher education program. Corequisite: ECE 4381. May be taken concurrently with ECE 4320; must be a prerequisite if not taken concurrently. May not be taken concurrently with ECE 4300. Advanced knowledge and skills for working with infants and toddlers (birth-3). Lab participation involving interactions with children as well as planning and implementing curriculum required. A three-hour laboratory and a two-hour seminar per week.  

  • 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.

  • HSC 4430 - Resource Management

    3 credit hours

    Opportunity to identify and integrate the management functions of the Human Sciences areas. Emphasis on management roles and responsibilities of Human Sciences professionals, the relationship of the learning organization concept to the Human Science profession, and the use of quality improvement techniques to solve Human Sciences-related problems.

  • NFS 4210 - Nutrition in Aging

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: NFS 1240 or NFS 2220 with C or better. Nutritional needs of elderly individuals and how these requirements are affected by physiological, pathological, and socioeconomic changes associated with aging. Emphasis placed on assessment, nutrition counseling skills, and resources to assist elderly individuals with adequate nutrient intake.

  • NFS 4251 - Nutrition for the Young Child

    3 credit hours

    Fundamentals of nutrition with emphasis on its relationship to growth, development, and health during the prenatal period, infancy, and childhood. Geared to Early Childhood Education and Child Development and Family Studies majors.

Minor (15 hours)

Electives (2 hours)

Total hours in program: 120

 

Curriculum: Family and Consumer Studies, Child Development and Family Studies

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.

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts (2 prefixes) 6 credit hours
  • MATH 1010 - Mathematics for General Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra and a Math Enhanced ACT of at least 19 or DSPM 0850 or COMPASS placement. Course satisfies the General Education Mathematics requirement and is also part of the mathematics sequence for students preparing to become elementary school teachers. Topics include logic, sets, algebraic reasoning, probability, statistics, and consumer mathematics.

  • 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 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 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.

  • Natural Sciences  4 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Elective 1 credit hour

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.

 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • PSY 1410 - General Psychology  3 credit hours  (Soc/Beh Sci)

    PSY 1410 - General Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Prescribed prerequisite: READ 1000. Introductory survey course. Includes biological foundations, perception, principles of learning, intelligence, motivation, emotion, human development, personality, social psychology, behavior disorders, and psychotherapy.

  • Minor 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • NFS 1240 - Principles of Nutrition

    3 credit hours

    Fundamentals of normal nutrition and its relationship to health and physical fitness with emphasis on the scientific, psychological, sociological, and economic aspects of nutrition. (Credit not allowed for Nutrition and Food Sciences major.)

  • HSC 4410 - Consumer Economics  3 credit hours  *

    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.

  • 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: 31 Hours

 

Junior

 

  • PSY 4600 - Psychosexual Adjustment

    3 credit hours

    Psychological, cultural, and biological facets of the human sexual experience. Attitudes and behaviors, variances and dysfunctions, implications and strategies for treatment.

  • 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.

 

  • CDFS 4140 - Violence in the Family

    3 credit hours

    (Same as SOC 4140.) Prerequisite: CDFS 3320 or SOC 2500 with C- or better 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 4340 - The Contemporary Family

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CDFS 3320 with C- or better 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 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.

  • CDFS 4390 - Families in Later Life

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Human Science majors - CDFS 3320 with C- or better; Sociology majors - SOC 2600 with C- or better 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 with C or better 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. Meets four hours per week.

  • Minor 6 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: 30 Hours

 

Senior

 

  • 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.

  • CDFS 3390 - Child Development and Family Studies Professional Seminar

    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 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 (all 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.

  • CDFS 4710 - Family Centered Community Building I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CDFS 3320 with C- or better 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.

  • HSC 4101 - Internship: Child Development and Family Studies

    6 credit hours

    Prerequisites: CDFS 3330, CDFS 4140, and CDFS 4790. Permission of department and minimum 2.25 GPA, and specific program area course requirements. Experiential learning opportunity to provide students with supervised professional work experience in their major fields. Minimum of 300 hours at internship site plus seminars. Offered spring and summer only.

  • Minor 6 credit hours
  • Elective 1 credit hour

6 or 7 hours from:

 

  • 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 4391 - Aging Health and Development

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CDFS 4390 or SOC 2600 with C or better 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. Meets four hours per week.

  • 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.

  • ECE 4300 - Preschool Practicum

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ECE 2350/CDFS 2350; ECE 3310/CDFS 3310; ECE 4320; ECE 4370; admission to teacher education program. Corequisite: ECE 4301. May be taken concurrently with ECE 4320; if not taken concurrently must be a prerequisite. May not be taken concurrently with ECE 4380. Advanced information and skills working with three- and four-year olds. Lab interaction with children; planning and implementation of curriculum. Three hours laboratory plus two-hour seminar per week.

  • ECE 4380 - Infant and Toddler Practicum

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ECE 2350/CDFS 2350, ECE 3310/CDFS 3310, ECE 4370; admission to teacher education program. Corequisite: ECE 4381. May be taken concurrently with ECE 4320; must be a prerequisite if not taken concurrently. May not be taken concurrently with ECE 4300. Advanced knowledge and skills for working with infants and toddlers (birth-3). Lab participation involving interactions with children as well as planning and implementing curriculum required. A three-hour laboratory and a two-hour seminar per week.  

  • HSC 4430 - Resource Management

    3 credit hours

    Opportunity to identify and integrate the management functions of the Human Sciences areas. Emphasis on management roles and responsibilities of Human Sciences professionals, the relationship of the learning organization concept to the Human Science profession, and the use of quality improvement techniques to solve Human Sciences-related problems.

  • 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.

  • NFS 4210 - Nutrition in Aging

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: NFS 1240 or NFS 2220 with C or better. Nutritional needs of elderly individuals and how these requirements are affected by physiological, pathological, and socioeconomic changes associated with aging. Emphasis placed on assessment, nutrition counseling skills, and resources to assist elderly individuals with adequate nutrient intake.

  • NFS 4251 - Nutrition for the Young Child

    3 credit hours

    Fundamentals of nutrition with emphasis on its relationship to growth, development, and health during the prenatal period, infancy, and childhood. Geared to Early Childhood Education and Child Development and Family Studies majors.

Subtotal: 29-30 Hours

 

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*CFLE courses - students must earn C- or higher for the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) certification.

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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 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.

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 with C- or better 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 with C- or better 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 with C- or better; Sociology majors - SOC 2600 with C- or better 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 with C or better 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. Meets four hours per week.

CDFS 4710 - Family Centered Community Building I
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CDFS 3320 with C- or better 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 (all 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
615-904-7741 | CKNB 108

Danielle Rochelle (L-Z)
danielle.rochelle@mtsu.edu
615-904-7742 | CKNB 108

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

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