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The Human Services Career Cluster® focuses on preparing individuals for employment in career pathways that relate to families and human needs such as counseling and mental health services, family and community services, personal care services, and consumer services.

Programs of study

Family and Community Services

Family and Community Services Program of Study

The Family and Community Services program of study introduces students to knowledge and skills related to social services, including child and human development and consumer sciences. CTE concentrators may learn about or practice managing social and community services or teaching family and consumer sciences. Students may follow career paths in social work or therapy for children, families, or school communities.

Course pathway

Note: This pathway is available at all GISD campuses.

LevelCampus pathway
1

8J100
Principles of Human Services

2

8J230S
Lifetime of Nutrition and Wellness and/or

8J220S
Interpersonal Studies and/or

8J310, 8J320
Parenting II, Child Development

3

8J340, 8J320
Parenting I, Family and Community Services

4

8Q360 (2 credit)
Career Preparation I

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Child, Family, and School Social Workers$41,3502,22117%
Social and Community Services Managers$65,14660833%
Marriage and Family Therapists$42,26621735%
Social and Human Service Assistants$32,4482,82225%
Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors$42,120576

39%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Community Health Worker
  • Certified Associate in Project Management
  • OSHA 30 hours General Industry**
Certificate/License*
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Community Health Services/Liaison/Counseling
  • Distance Credentialed Counselor
  • Educator in Certification in Family and Consumer Sciences
Associate's Degree
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Human Services/Sciences, General
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Community Health Services
Bachelor's Degree
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Human Services/Sciences, General
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Child and Family Services
Master's/Doctoral Degree
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
  • Human Services/Sciences
  • Family Studies

*Additional industry-based certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at all GISD campuses

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Join the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America
Work-based learning activities
  • Volunteer at a community center
  • Intern for a community non-profit organization
Cosmetology and Personal Services

Cosmetology and Personal Care Services Program of Study

The Cosmetology and Personal Care Services program of study introduces students to knowledge and skills related to providing beauty and personal care services. CTE concentrators may learn about or practice managing personal care facilities and coordinating or supervising personal service workers.

Course pathway

Note: This pathway is only available at the South Garland HS (SGHS) campus.

LevelSGHS pathway
1

8J110
Introduction to Cosmetology

2

8J250
Principles of Cosmetology Design and Color Theory

3

8J492
Cosmetology I with Lab

4

8J493
Cosmetology II with Lab

Potential careers

OccupationsMedian wageAnnual openings% Growth
Hairdressers, Hairstylists, and Cosmetologists$21,5073,48922%
Skin Care Specialists$26,43763722%
Manicurists and Pedicurists$21,71541845%

Postsecondary options

Below is a list of potential career certifications for a student interested in this pathway.

Education levelOptions
HS/Industry Certification
  • Cosmetology Operator License**
  • Cosmetology Esthetician Specialty License
  • Cosmetology Manicurist Specialty License
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business
Certificate/License*
  • Certified Aesthetic Laser Operator
  • Cosmetologist
  • Certified Spa Supervisor
  • Nail Technician/Specialist and Manicurist
Associate's Degree
  • Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General
  • Aesthetician/Esthetician and Skin Care Specialist
  • Salon/Beauty Salon Management/Manager
  • Cosmetology, Barber/Styling, Nail Instructor

*Additional industry-based certification information is available from the TEA CTE website.

**Offered at the SGHS campus

For more information on post-secondary options, visit the TXCTE website.

Expanded learning opportunities

One of the best ways to acquire experience in your chosen career is by engaging in exploration activities, work-based learning, or by joining a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).

Exploration activities
  • Join the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
Work-based learning activities
  • Job shadow a cosmetologist
  • Work part-time at a beauty salon, spa, or barbershop
A student practicing working in a salon

Graduation planning

Endorsement: Public Services

See course descriptions and additional information on the high school course descriptions page.