Human Development and Family Studies
Section II | Education
Nature of the Job
Education in one form or another takes place in most job settings, whether involving students in educational settings, interns and new employees, staff and colleagues, or community education. Included here are just a sampling of the many jobs available in educational settings or in careers that would be defined as primarily educational in nature.
Opportunities for those interested in young children include certification to teach in elementary grades of the public schools; working as a teacher or administrator in preschool programs which may be public, private, or corporate; or working with early intervention programs. The latter, whether funded through the public schools or in other ways, often begin when the children are infants and are primarily directed toward teaching and assisting parents to effectively support the optimal development of their children. A resource for early childhood intervention programs in Texas is: Texas Early Childhood Intervention Programs Directory published by the Texas Ineragency Council on Early Childhood Intervention, Division of Education, Communication & Information, 4900 Lamar, Austin, TX 78751-2399.
Some of these jobs require teacher certification while others do not. The Early Childhood major within HDFS is a teacher certification program. Teacher certification also is available through the College of Education at the post-baccalaureate level. For those interested in school counseling, teacher certification plus three years teaching experience is required in the State of Texas.
HDFS offers an undergraduate major in Family Studies/Family and Consumer Sciences teacher certification. This degree plan leads to teacher certification for teaching at the secondary level in Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics. The degree plan includes Human Sciences core courses, specialization courses in family studies, and professional preparation courses including student teaching. Suggested course sequences and information about admission to the teacher certification program are available in the College of Human Sciences Advising Office.
Working with College Students
A variety of careers requiring only a bachelor’s degree are available at colleges and universities. These include work in the areas of student recruitment and admissions, affirmative action programs, career planning and counseling, academic counseling for athletes, supervising residence counselors, foreign-student advisors, veteran’s coordinators, and financial aid counselors. In addition, Offices of Student Affairs typically have a number of people working with student groups, with health-promoting programs on campuses, and with other aspects of student life.
With the increasing nation-wide emphasis on assisting the unemployed to enter or re-enter the work force, opportunities are expanding for those interested in working with adult education. These programs, often funded in part by the business community, may involve basic skill attainment, training in job-related skills, vocational counseling, and referral services for assistance with housing and child care. They may take place in facilities of local agencies, in high schools or universities, in corporations, or in churches.
A second growing area of adult education is in parent education, particularly targeting teen parents. These programs, often grant-supported, may be offered through social service agencies, educational institutions, or through various nonprofit community organizations.
Continuing education is a growing component of colleges and universities. As educational institutions expand their outreach and continuing education efforts, there will be more career opportunities in this area, particularly for those with good computer/internet skills.
Other Educational Opportunities
Jobs in Community Relations often involve community education about the particular agency/organization/corporation and about the domain of concern to the organization including relevant public policy and legislation. For example, large hospitals may have ongoing health education programs and may support community programs consistent with their goals.
Extension programs (in Texas, sponsored by Texas A&M) provide additional opportunities to work in the area of community education. And, for those interested in promoting the arts for both children and adults, museums, symphonies, and local art councils may have positions devoted to education.
Where You Might Work
Public or private elementary and secondary schools, universities, nonprofits, corporations, extension programs, museums and related community services.
Suggested Areas for Minor/Collateral:
For some of these jobs teacher certification is required. The Early Childhood major and the Family Studies/Family and Consumer Sciences majors are certification programs. For other jobs, additional course work in Psychology or Education might be useful.
Suggested Internship Sites for HDFS 4314:
- Developmental Education Birth Through Two
- Lubbock Health Dept.—Health Education
- Lubbock Regional Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
- Methodist Hospital Child Development Center
- Parents as Teachers
- Second Baptist Child Development Center
- School Counselor’s Office—Cavazos, Evans, Hutchinson, McKenzie Jr. High Schools, and Smyer ISD
- South Plains AIDS Resource Center
- TTU Child Development Research Center
- TTU Continuing Education Institute for the Gifted
- TTU Dean of Students Office
- TTU Upward Bound Program
- Many other sites have educational components
NESC Jobs Newsletter
National Education Service Center, PO Box 1279, 625 E. Madison, Riverton, WY 82501. (Weekly listing of education jobs throughout U.S.).
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