Family Studies Specialization

The teaching of Family Studies in the public school system has been threatened over the past few years because of a shortage of qualified teachers in the area. Through a partnership with the Department of Human Nutrition and our Regional School Boards, the St FX Faculty of Education has undertaken the task of preparing teachers for positions in Family Studies within provincial schools.  The demand for these teachers continues to grow across Nova Scotia.  Applicants wishing to pursue a Family Studies focus in their studies will be required to have coursework covering at least two of the three threads of the Family Studies curriculum: Foods and Nutrition, Textile Arts, and Family Dynamics. Students will be assessed individually for this program. To fulfill the Nutrition requirement, most students present a degree in Human Nutrition. For more information on the Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition, please visit the Department of Human Nutrition.

In addition to the core courses from Nutrition, students will be required to present supplementary courses from other subject fields which relate to the Family Dynamics strand. These courses may come from areas such as Women & Gender Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Business, Economics, or Human Kinetics. Please contact the Faculty of Education for more detailed information.

Typical courses which are used for the Nutrition stream include, but are not limited to: Introduction to Foods
Introduction to Food Science
Nutrition for a Healthy Lifestyle
Principles of Nutrition in Human Metabolism
Nutritional Assessment
Community Nutrition
Sport Nutrition
Maternal and Child Nutrition

Sample courses for the Family Dynamics stream could include from Business:
Organizational Behaviour
Foundations of Marketing
Foundations of Accounting

from Economics:
Introductory Microeconomics
Introductory Macroeconomics

from Human Kinetics:
Gender in Sport
Child Growth and Development
Health Education

from Psychology:
Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology

from Sociology:
Sociology of Marriage and Family
Sociology of Education
Social Inequality

These lists are intended to give an indication of the types of courses which could be approved. It is not intended to be a definitive or exhaustive list. Please contact us for a review of your current courses.

Contact the Bachelor of Education Program Manager