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The Family and Consumer Sciences curriculum is designed to provide students with a broad background in the Human Ecology subject areas. These areas include foods and nutrition, textiles and fashion/clothing, human development, housing and management of resources. The Teacher Education Endorsement concentration meets the requirements of the Virginia Department of Education. It focuses on preparing students for careers as teachers and employment in business, industry, and governmental agencies.

The curriculum focuses on growth and development of the individual throughout the life span. It is designed to provide students with competencies necessary for improving the physical, emotional, physiological, and educational well-being of individuals and families. In addition, the program focuses on the study of interpersonal relationships within the family. Social, physical, emotional, and cognitive changes during infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood are emphasized. Career opportunities are offered in public and private human service agencies, and specialized facilities serving children, adolescents, adults, and families. An internship and other volunteer work experiences are required. The Center for Young Children is an important component of the Program. It offers developmental and educational services for two- to five-year-old children. Observational facilities promote a conducive research atmosphere.

The curriculum is also designed to prepare students for careers in fashion related businesses. Opportunities are available in business, industry, governmental, and educational settings. Students will have a broad, understanding of textiles, clothing, fashion, merchandising and/or retailing of textiles, consumer foods, and of business associated with families and consumer issues.

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