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School of Human Ecology

Welcome to the School of Human Ecology!

Our purpose in Human Ecology is to prepare professionals to be effective agents for the well-being of children, families and communities.


Here, our rich historic traditions blend with current academics to prepare students for diverse careers.

Six Programs of Study are available:

Child Life
Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Human Development and Family Science
Nutrition and Dietetics

Architecture and Interior Design
Fashion Merchandising and Design


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  • Career Opportunities in Human Ecology

    TN Tech Human Ecology graduates work in a variety of places. Some examples are:

    Human Development and Family Science/Family Relations:
    • Foster and Adoption Facilitator
    • Child Care Center Director
    • Children Services Agent

    Child Life:
    • Child Life Specialist

    Nutrition and Dietetics:
    • Eligibility to apply to Dietetic Internship to become Registered Dietitian
    • Community Nutrition/Fitness and Wellness

    Family and Consumer Sciences Education:
    • Vocational or Occupational FCS Teacher
    • Developmental Agencies
    • Department of Human Services/Children's Services
    • Careers in FCS

    Architecture and Interior Design:
    • Residential Design Planner/Consultant
    • Housing and Furnishings Specialist
    • Sales Representative/Real Estate Agent

    Fashion Merchandising and Design:
    • Clothing and Textiles Specialist
    • Fashion Designer
    • Merchandise Buyer/Sales Representative/Retail Manager

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Facts about the School of Human Ecology

Licensing and Credentialing

  • Didactic Program In Dietetics (DPD)

    Application Rate: Within the most recent three-year time frame 2020 - May 2022; 28 students graduated with a Verification statement and 22 applied to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation for an application rate of 79%. The Tennessee Tech DPD Benchmark for this measure is 60% of graduates will apply to a supervised practice program.

    Admission Rates: Within the most recent time period, 2020 - May 2022, 22 students applied to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation and 18 students were accepted for a graduate acceptance rate of 82%. The Tennessee Tech DPD Benchmark for this measure is 50% of graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.

    The 2022 national average for acceptance into a dietetic supervised practice program is 74%. 

    Registered Dietitian Exam Results*

    Testing Year #Taking Exam # Passed %Passed National Avg
    2021 12 9 75% 89.6%
    2020 6 6 100% 89%
    2019 11 9 82% 91%
    2018 8 7 87.5% 93%
    Totals 37 31 84% avg  

    *Exam testers within one year of first attempt; Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) required Benchmark for this measure is one year pass rate must be at least 80%.

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  • Family and Consumer Science Education

     Family and Consumer Sciences Licensure Results

    Year  # of Licensed Teacher
    2019  
    2018 3
    2017 2
    2016 0
    2015 1
  • Human Ecology Graduation Rate

    Graduation Rate of First Time Freshman, 6-year Rate

      Fall 2012 Cohort Fall 2013 Cohort Fall 2014 Cohort Fall 2015 Cohort
    # Enrolled in HEC 27 26 31 25
    # Grad from TN Tech 18 13 22 18
    HEC Grad Rate 67% 50% 71% 72%
    TN Tech 6 Yr Rate 52% 52% 52% 52%
  • Human Ecology Enrollment

     Undergraduate Enrollment

    Total 257 242 240 216 216 192
    Concentration F2016 F2017 F2018 F2019 F2020 F2021
    CDFR 75 92 84 73 57 39
    Child Life 40 33 32 30 33 44
    Nut/Dietetics 69 46 44 35 46 38
    Housing 31 24 39 36 42 36
    Merchandising 33 32 33 29 29 30
    FACS Educ. 7 9 4 9 8 5

    Graduate Enrollment

    Total 13          
    Concentration F2021 F2022 F2023 F2024 F2025 F2026
    MS Community Health & Nutrition 13          
  • Human Ecology Retention Rates

     Retention Rates for First Time Freshmen

      Cohort 2016 Cohort 2017 Cohort 2018 Cohort 2019 Cohort 2020
    # Enrolled HEC 23 20 29 28 27
    # Cont to 2nd Fall 17 18 25 23 23
    HEC Retention Rate 74% 90% 86% 82.1% 85.2%
    TN Tech Retention Rate 78% 76% 77% 77.5% 72.9%

 

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