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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.


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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.


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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.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS button to the right.

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.

Professional Licensure Disclosure

The Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) College of Education’s teacher licensure preparation programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and are eligible for accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Family and Consumer Studies, Family and Consumer Sciences Education at MTSU is designed to meet the licensure requirements set by the Tennessee Department of Education. Students should be aware that licensure requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. MTSU has not made a determination whether a specific program will meet all of the requirements of another US state or territory. MTSU recommends that students who plan to seek licensure outside the state of Tennessee contact the appropriate licensing agency and discuss their plans with their advisor. To obtain current information about each state’s and territory’s licensure requirements and any additional regulations, students should consult the US Department of Education’s website for state contacts at https://www2.ed.gov/about/contacts/state/index.html.

Child Development and Family Studies

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.) 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 Seminar
3 credit hours

Corequisite: CDFS 4710. Prerequisites: Junior standing in the CDFS program and approval of the instructor. A prerequisite to HSC 4101. 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 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 4400 - Children in Healthcare Settings
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDFS 3310 or PSY 4190 with C or better; CDFS 3320 with C or better or equivalent; permission of department. Offers instruction on child life techniques used to help minimize the potential negative impact of the healthcare environment on children's development.

CDFS 4710 - Economic and Social Contexts of Individuals and Families
3 credit hours

Corequisite: CDFS 3390. Prerequisite: CDFS 3320 with C or better. Cultivates an understanding of the diverse economic and social contexts of individuals and families. Critical self-reflection along with analysis of contemporary policies, events, and issues aim to increase student awareness of how such contexts affect individual and family development and wellbeing.

CDFS 4720 - Family Centered Community Building II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CDFS 4710 with 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 4740 - Advocacy and Public Policy for Individuals and Families Across the Lifespan
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CDFS 3310, CDFS 3320, and CDFS 4340 (all with C or better). Utilizes an ecological perspective focusing on policy and advocacy issues affecting individuals, families, and professionals within the area of child development and family studies. Students gain experience advocating for systemic change impacting individual and families throughout the lifespan.

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

Prerequisites: 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 Sciences Education
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: FCSE 2510 with C or better. 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 with C- or better. 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 Information

Claire Cook
Claire.Cook@mtsu.edu
615-898-5914

Who is My Advisor?

Jennifer Austin (A-K)
Jennifer.Austin@mtsu.edu
615-898-4803 | ACB 140

Brandie Freeman (L-Z)
Brandie.Freeman@mtsu.edu
615-898-4803 | ACB 140

Mailing Address

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MTSU Box 86 
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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