Family and Consumer Sciences - CTE

Family and Consumer Sciences programs facilitate student progress toward a set of unifying goals in the areas of academic achievement, cultural and environmental issues, health and safety, individual and family relations, leadership and workplace ethics, and application of technology. Courses provide training in areas related to early childhood, nutrition, housing and life management. The objective of the program is to develop responsible citizens and leaders in family, community and work settings. Students have an opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities through Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). These activities are an integral part of the program and are designed to enhance the course offerings. 

Co-op Credit Elective: Juniors and seniors who choose this option combine classroom instruction with continuous employment and a minimum of 396 hours of work experience, an average of 11–15 hours per week for 36 weeks. Students must be registered for six classes and work in an approved family and consumer science position for the seventh credit. All students who wish to Co-op must be in the 11th or 12th grade and have successfully completed one full year of Early Childhood Education I and be enrolled in Early Childhood Education II. 

Additional work-based learning experiences are available as a part of Career and Technical Education courses through an application process. Juniors and seniors who are currently enrolled in CTE courses who have completed a coherent sequence of CTE courses are eligible. The application process includes student narrative and teacher recommendation. Students participating in the work-based learning experience are required to complete a reflective exercise. 

Industry Certifications: The High School Industry Credentialing initiative encourages students to work toward a selected industry credential or state license while pursuing a high school diploma. The Virginia Department of Education evaluates on an on-going basis industry credentials against prescribed criteria for graduation requirements for the Standard Diploma (8VAC20-131-50.B) and student-selected verified credit (8VAC20-131-110.C). Credentialing exams are available to any student taking a Career and Technical Education course.

Early Childhood Education I

8285 (ECE I)
2 Credits
Grades: 10–12

Students prepare for a professional career in early childhood education including home, family, or institution based child care services and/or as background information for post-secondary study in any field working with children (e.g., medical, social services, and education). This dynamic course focuses on the planning, organizing, and conducting of meaningful play and learning activities; child monitoring and supervision; record keeping; and assessment and referral procedures. Critical thinking, practical problem solving, collaborative learning and application, and entrepreneurship opportunities within the field of early childhood education are emphasized. Classroom theory will be delivered through a hybrid method of class time and online learning (Google Classroom) along with practical experiences (e.g., local child care centers, elementary schools, other appropriate institutions) under the supervision of the instructor to meet the 280 hour course requirement.

Early Childhood Education II

82861 (ECE II-NON)
2 Credits
Grades: 11–12

Prerequisite: Early Childhood Education I

82862 (ECE II-CO)
3 Credits
Grades: 11–12

Prerequisite: Early Childhood Education I
 

Students expand upon the experiences of Early Childhood Education level I in addition to an overview of special education as they focus on occupational skills needed by personnel employed in early childhood-related fields, such as education, medical/health care, social services, counseling, psychology, and entrepreneurship. Work-based learning experiences (e.g., local child care centers, elementary schools, other appropriate institutions) under the supervision of the instructor are required. Critical thinking, practical problem solving, collaborative learning and application, and entrepreneurship opportunities within the field of early childhood education are emphasized. Classroom theory will be delivered through a hybrid method of class time and online learning (Google classroom) along with practical experiences (e.g., local child care centers, elementary schools, other appropriate institutions) under the supervision of the instructor to meet the 280 hour course requirement. Students can choose the co-op method to earn the third credit. Those students will participate in an additional component of on-the-job training outside of the school day in an approved position with continuing supervision throughout the school year for an additional credit.

Teachers for Tomorrow

9062 (TEACHERS)
1 Credit
Grades: 11–12
Prerequisite: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, Interest in Teaching and Education, and Teacher Recommendation


The Teachers for Tomorrow course introduces students to a career in teaching and education. The primary elements of the curriculum components are the learner, the school, and the teacher and teaching. The components are intentionally broad in scope and provide a great deal of flexibility based on the career interest of a student. In addition to the fundamental curriculum components, all students are required to observe and participate in an internship outside the teacher cadet classroom. The internship may be done from the kindergarten level through 12th grade. 

Nutrition and Wellness

8229 (NUT/WELL)
1 Credit
Grades: 10–12

This course focuses on making choices that promote good health, planning nutritious meals and snacks, selecting and using equipment for food preparation and identifying strategies to promote optimal nutrition. Math and science skills are reinforced. Activities to promote wellness will be included. A fee is required. 

Introduction to Interior Design (36wk)

82551 (INTROINT/DES-NON)
1 Credit
Grades: 10-12

82552 (INTROINT/DES-CO)
2 Credits
Grades: 11-12

This course creates a career pathway in visual arts for the students in Family and Consumer Sciences. This course is the second part of a completer sequence which includes our current course offering of Foundations of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Introduction to Interior Design (18wk)

8254 (INTRO TO ID 18WK)
½ Credit
Grades: 10–12

This course provides students with relevant, applicable knowledge about the industry of interior environments and careers within the housing and home furnishing market. Students explore such areas as home construction, color theory, furnishings and room layout by using technology, research and hands on projects. A fee is required. 

Independent Living (18wk)

8214 (IND LIV)
½ Credit
Grades: 10–12

Students learn skills for living independently. Topics include setting individual goals, exploring careers, managing home finances, planning and safely preparing healthy meals and snacks, and caring for clothing. In addition, students will learn how to find a place to live and explore the responsibilities of maintaining a home. A lab fee is required. Students who have earned a credit in Foundations of Family and Consumer Sciences (8219) may not enroll in this class.

Independent Living (36wk)

8219 (INDEPEND LIV)
1 Credit
Grades: 9–12

Students learn skills for living independently. Topics include setting individual goals, exploring careers, managing home finances, planning and safely preparing healthy meals and snacks and caring for clothing. Students explore finding a home and the responsibilities for maintaining a home. A lab fee is required. Students who earn a credit in this course may not take Independent Living 8214.