This cluster prepares students for careers that improve quality of life of others and promotes safe, healthy communities. Workers in human services better our lives by tending to our psychological, social, and physical needs. Careers include hairstylists or cosmetologists, child and family social workers, child care provider, health educators, and marriage and family therapists just to name a few. The Human Services cluster offers 2 different pathways. Childhood Development Services workers nurture and teach children. They provide services in childcare centers, nursery schools, preschools, private households, and before and after school programs. Students enrolled in this course work directly with our Topper Tots program.
Human and Social Science workers deal with family and individual needs. They help those who are unable to help themselves. Social health workers may work in homeless shelters, help with relief and counseling for victims of natural disasters, care for elderly, among many others.
Cosmetology workers assist individuals with their personal appearance, including shampooing, cutting, coloring, and styling hair; giving manicures, pedicures, and facial treatments.
If you have a strong desire to help others and want to make a difference in someone’s life, then a career in Human Services may be for you. Individuals who show patience, understanding, and caring in their dealing with others are highly valued by employers.
INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN STUDIES
One Semester 1 credit Grade 9-10
A foundational course for students interested in becoming a public advocate, social worker, dietician, nutritionist, counselor, or community volunteer. This course covers the human needs, overview of social services, career investigation, mental health, and communications.
One Semester 1 credit Grade 10-11
Prerequisite: Introduction to Human Studies; This course can also count as a social studies elective towards a humanities focus
Lifespan Development builds basic knowledge in human growth and development. The course standards include developmental theory, principles of growth, behavior of children from conception through adolescence, adult development and aging, and death and dying.
One Semester 1 credit EPSO Grade 11-12
Prerequisite: Lifespan Development
Family Studies is an applied knowledge course that examines the diversity and evolving structure of the modern family. Course standards focus on the demographic, historical, and social changes of interpersonal relationships, as well as parenting, and the effect of stressors on the family.
One Semester 1 credit Grade 9-11
Prerequisite: None – Due to limited class enrollment, seniors may not register for this class. Supply kit required
The first level of cosmetology that prepares students with work-related skills for advancement into the Design Principles of Cosmetology course. Content provides students the opportunity to acquire basic fundamental skills in both theory and practical applications of leadership and interpersonal skill development. Content stresses safety, environmental issues, and protection of the public and designers as integrated with principles of hair design, nail structure, and cosmetic procedures. Laboratory facilities and experiences simulate those found in the cosmetology industry.
One Semester 1 credit Grade 10-12
Prerequisite: Cosmetology 1 - Teacher approval required. Students must maintain a B average; supply kit required.
The second level of cosmetology prepares students for work-related skills and advancement into the Chemistry of Cosmetology course. Content provides students the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills in both theory and practical application. Advanced knowledge and skills in hair design, nail artistry, and cosmetic applications will be enhanced in a laboratory setting, which duplicates cosmetology industry standards. Upon completion and acquisition of 300 hours, students are eligible to take the Tennessee Board of Cosmetology Shampoo examination for a Tennessee Shampoo Technician License.
One Semester 1 credit EPSO Grade 10-12
Prerequisite: Cosmetology 2 - Teacher approval required. Students must maintain a B average
The advanced level of cosmetology prepares students to perform work-related services using chemicals in the cosmetology industry. Content provides students the opportunity to acquire foundation skills in both theory and practical applications. Laboratory facilities and experiences will be used to simulate cosmetology work experiences. Students completing this portion of the course of cosmetology will acquire the necessary hours to transfer to a post-secondary course of study to complete the hours needed to be eligible to take the Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology examination for the Tennessee Cosmetology License. Upon completion and acquisition of 300 hours, students are eligible to take the Tennessee State Board of Cosmetology Shampooing examination for a Shampoo Technician License.
Last Updated: February 4, 2022