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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 Development and Family Relations
Child Life
Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Nutrition and Dietetics
Housing and Design
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:

    Child Development/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

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

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

Facts about the School of Human Ecology

Licensing and Credentialing

  • Didactic Program In Dietetics (DPD)

    Application Rate: For the time period, 2009-2020, 167 students graduated from the Tennessee Tech DPD Program with a Verification Statement. Of these 167 students, 81 applied to a supervised practice program (internship) within 12 months of their graduation for an application rate of 49%. Within the most recent three-year time frame 2017-2020; 61 students graduated with a Verification statement and 33 applied to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation for an application rate of 54%. The Tennessee Tech DPD Benchmark for this measure is 75% of graduates will apply to a supervised practice program.

    Match Results: For the time period 2009-2020, of the 81 students who applied to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation, 68 were accepted for a graduate acceptance rate of 84%. Within the most recent time period, 2017-2020, 33 students applied to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation and 29 students were accepted for a graduate acceptance rate of 88%. The Tennessee Tech DPD Benchmark for this measure is 60% of graduates are admitted to a supervised practice program.

    The 2019 national average for acceptance into a dietetic supervised practice program is 65%. 

    Registered Dietitian Exam Results*

    Testing Year #Taking Exam # Passed %Passed National Avg
    2019 11 9 82% 91%
    2018 8 7 87.5% 93%
    2017 9 9 100% 96%
    Totals 28 25 89% 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%.

    Computer Matching Statistics (PDF link)

  • 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 TnTech 18 13 22 18
    HEC Grad Rate 67% 50% 71% 72%
    TnTech 6 Yr Rate 52% 52% 52% 52%
  • Human Ecology Enrollment

     Enrollment

    Concentration F2014 F2015 F2016 F2017 F2018 F2019
    CDFR 80 76 75 92 84 73
    Child Life 26 37 40 33 32 30
    Nut/Dietetics 72 82 69 46 44 35
    Housing 27 20 31 24 39 36
    Merchandising 36 34 33 32 33 29
    FACS Educ. 11 9 7 9 4 9
    Food Systems 0 0 0 5 4 4
  • Human Ecology Retention Rates

     Retention Rates for First Time Freshmen

      Cohort 2014 Cohort 2015 Cohort 2016 Cohort 2017 Cohort 2018
    # Enrolled HEC 31 25 23 20 29
    # Cont to 2nd Fall 28 23 17 18 25
    HEC Retention Rate 90% 92% 74% 90% 86%
    TN Tech Retention Rate 75% 79% 78% 76% 77%

 

 

 

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