Overview of the Human Services Career Cluster
- Health Science;
- Education and Training;
- Hospitality and Tourism; or
- Government and Public Administration.
This career cluster has five career pathways to guide students to their desired occupation in human services:
- Consumer Services
- Counseling and Mental Health Services
- Early Childhood Development and Services
- Family and Community Services
- Personal Care Services
To help students learn more about careers in human services, download and distribute the Human Services College and Career Planning Guide. The guide makes an excellent critical reading assignment for students enrolled in a Human Services practicum course.
In addition to the Practicum for Human Services, the TEKS for Human Services includes several laboratory-based courses, such as cosmetology, that provide students with realistic opportunities to learn and apply workplace knowledge and skills. You can place students in the Practicum course or one of the laboratory-based courses depending on which is most appropriate for the individual student.
If you haven't already done so, tTake a moment to bookmark the TEKS for Human Services.
Legal and Safety Considerations
At the heart of human services activities is a focus on providing high quality customer service. Therefore, pre-employment requirements for students participating in the Practicum for Human Services may include
- background checks and/or drug tests;
- child protection training;
- food handler permits;
- ServSafe or CPR/first aid certification;
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) training;
- screening for TB and other communicable diseases;
- non-disclosure agreements; and
- safety and/or security training specific to the industry, occupation, or training station.
Take a moment to bookmark the Texas CTE Resource Center website. Later, be sure to explore curriculum guidelines and instructional resources for the AFNR Career Cluster.
There are several CTSOs related to human services. Become familiar with those that are closely related to human services so you can help students select the organization that best supports their career goals.
You can also direct students to the nine state-recognized CTSOs listed in Lesson 10.5: Integrating CTSO Activities.
Take a few moments to bookmark the CTSO websites below to explore later.
Business Professionals of America (BPA)
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
Texas Association of Future Educators
There are several professional association related to human services careers, including those listed below. You may also want to check with your colleagues for advice.
Take a few moments to bookmark the CTE professional association websites below to explore later.
Family and Consumer Science Teachers Association of Texas (FCSTAT)
Marketing Educators of Texas
Texas Business and Technology Educators Association (TBTEA)
Texas Health Occupations Association
Texas Industrial Vocational Association (TIVA)