main content starts hereFamily & Consumer Sciences

The family and consumer sciences program helps students become competent and self-reliant in managing their personal, family, and work lives. It is designed to meet the needs of students interested in careers in human services, education, family services, social work, nutrition, culinary, fashion design, textiles and interior design.

Mohonasen Pathway for Human Services & Education

By completing Mohonasen’s Early Childhood Education CTE Pathway, students can receive a CTE designation on their diploma AND learn valuable college and career skills. In some cases, a CTE pathway can also be used to meet a graduation requirement.

Independent Living

This course focuses on the various ways the adolescent’s future is affected by personal and career goals, community involvement and personal relationships, the way they manage finances to reach personal financial goals, knowing their consumer rights and responsibilities, the way they manage daily housing, food, clothing and transportation costs.
Credit: 0.5
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
Final: Exam
*Offered every other year
*Satisfies the CFM requirement for CTE Pathway

Lifespan Studies Core

This course is designed to help the student understand the adolescent’s role in the community as well as the family unit. It covers ways in which adolescents relates to persons of all ages using practical applications. This course relates to careers in human services. Activities include movies, interviews, and a lifespan project and a “Generation Resource Day.”
Credit: 0.5
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
Final: Exam/Project

Child Psychology I

This course focuses on the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development during the prenatal, infant, and toddler stages of life. This course relates to careers in human services and education. Activities include movies, creating a pregnancy resource book, designing a toddler play project, as well as child observations and projects.
Credit: 0.5
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
Final: Project/Exam
College Credits: 3 credits may be earned at Maria College, SUNY Cobleskill, and HVCC with student taking the challenge test.

Child Psychology II

This course focuses on the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development during the preschool and school-age stages of life. Related to careers in human services and education. Activities include movies, “Kids Day,” creating a preschool play project, and 10 hours of child observations.
Credit: .5
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: Child Psychology I (may be waived with teacher approval)
Final: Project/Exam
College Credits: 3 credits may be earned at Maria College, SUNY Cobleskill, and HVCC with student taking the challenge test.
Required for CTE Pathway

Parenting

This course focuses on learning an active approach to parenting. It will help students clarify their own goals for the future and teach effective methods for leading children throughout the stages of life. Students will explore parenthood for a day with “Baby Think It Over.” Other activities include movies, “Buddy Day,” observations, and “Parent Responsibilities,” “Parenting Myths,” and “Learning Values” projects.
Credit: 0.5
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
Final: Exam/Project

Adolescent Psychology

This course is designed to help students understand the factors that influence the study and practice of adolescent psychology, as well as the impact of contemporary issues and socialization on the lives of adolescents.
Credit: 0.5
Grades: 10, 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
Final: Exam
*Offered every other year

Food & Nutrition through the Lifespan

This course is designed to help students understand nutrition, as well as learn basic culinary skills. Students will research the USDA food guide, comparison shop, and plan and prepare nutritious meals. Students will complete a research paper, a “Nutrition Awareness” project, and food preparation labs. This course relates to careers in culinary arts, dietetics and nutritional education.
Credit: 0.5
Grades: 11, 12
Prerequisite: None
Final: Project

Introduction to Early Childhood Education

This course provides an in–depth study of early childhood education. Students will gain knowledge in the history of early childhood education, curriculum writing skills, developmental theory, and application of theory. Activities include movies, child observations, child development position statements and collaborative service learning project.
Credit: 0.5
Grades: 10,11,12
Prerequisite: Child Psychology
Final: Exam/Project
College Credit: 3 CHS credits through SCCC
*Offered every other year
Required for CTE Pathway

Education Career Exploration Internship Program (CEIP)

This is a one-year, non-paid, 108-hour internship. It is a link between school and careers involving the education of children. Students are placed with a classroom teacher in Bradt Primary School, Pinewood Elementary School, or Draper Middle School. Students will experience all aspects of the teaching profession. They will be able to improve their teamwork, leadership, and human relation skills. Students will fill out time sheets, journals, and work on related activities, such as researching educational trends. Students wishing to be a part of this program must fill out and submit an application. Each applicant also must be interviewed by the program coordinator. The internship is scheduled during the school day and transportation is provided. In addition students must complete 27 to 54 hours of classroom instruction related to the internship in a lab setting. Students are required to apply and interview for a CEIP program internship.
Credit: 1
Grades: 11,12
Prerequisite: Child Psychology I
Final: None *Course is Pass/Fail

Childhood Education Cooperative Work Experience

This is a one-year paid work experience in the field of early childhood education. Students are employed by local day care and after-school programs. Students will realize the importance of career decisions and become familiar with the responsibilities in the world of work. Students are required to meet with the Work Based Learning Coordinator bi-weekly. Students earn one credit for every 300 hours of work, up to 2 credits possible.
Credit: 1–2
Grades: 12
Prerequisite: CEIP
Final: None
*Course is Pass/Fail