Integrated Life Management - Introductory Course

by CTE Online Admin

Get your life together! Learn how to take charge of your life, relate to others, and communicate effectively with family and friends. Topics will include: Leadership and team building, family relations and parenting education, child development, managing your time, energy and money, nutrition and foods, interior design, housing and fashion, consumer education awareness and exploration of careers.

This course involves a wide variety of projects, experiments, reports, demonstrations, discussions, speakers, field trips, job shadowing, service-learning projects, reading materials and handouts.

This is the introductory course to careers pathways related to Hospitality, Food Service, Nutrition, Education, Child Development, Fashion and Interior Design.

  • Kerry Doll is the lead on Fashion/Interior/Consumer
  • Pat Peck is the lead on Child Dev /Family Life
  • Priscilla Burns is the lead on Hospitality/Food/Nutrition

From CALPADS: Introduction to Education, Child Development, and Family Services

This introductory course for the Education, Child Development, and Family Services sector is the first in a sequence of courses that provides instruction in the eight content areas of Family and Consumer Sciences. The focus is on preparing students for personal and life management, and providing a strong foundation for Family and Consumer Sciences education related career paths. Instruction in the content areas of child development and guidance; consumer education; family and human development; education; fashion, textiles, and apparel; food and nutrition; housing and furnishings; individual and family health; and leadership is designed to prepare students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to function effectively as family members, leaders, workers, and citizens.

Program Information
CTE Certification Elements
California English Common Core Standards (9)
California Math Common Core Standards (1)
California's 2013 CTE Standards (55)
Competencies / Outcomes

The Comprehensive Core Life Management course is an introduction to the study of the discipline of / Family and Consumer Science; formerly, Home Economics Careers and Technology, and equips students with essential skills for living and earning an living.

This course focuses on teaching students skills for managing personal, family and work responsibilities and provides a solid foundation for further study in the Consumer and Family Sciences content areas and/or for introductory skills in one of the industry-related occupations career pathway programs of either Fashion/Interior Design, Education, Child Development, Family and Human Services, Hospitality, Food Service, Consumer Services or Nutrition.

It provides students with the opportunity to gain life management skills through leadership and career development activities and through instruction in the seven content areas of child development and guidance:

  • Consumer education
  • Family and human development
  • Fashion, textiles and apparel
  • Food and nutrition
  • Housing and furnishings; and
  • Individual and family health.

This course provides rigorous, standards-driven instruction and assessment, integrates academic and career-technical concepts through Foundation Standards, and contributes significantly to students' academic achievement.


Building Character and Healthy Habits

2 weeks

  • Habits of Effective People
  • Character Traits for Career Development
  • Leadership and FCCLA

Personal Leadership

3 weeks

  • Values Clarification Setting Priorities
  • Maslow Needs
  • Needs and Wants
  • Goal Setting, Personality Traits
  • Decision-making
  • Maslows' Heirarchy of Needs

Career Exploration and Planning

This unit includes the PBL Project, "Clear Communication: Email, Phone and Video Interviewing Skills." This project consists of a series of lessons in which students learn the rules, norms and manners for using professional email, phone and video communications.

The project culminates with the student being asked interview questions by a fellow student and video recording the question/answer session. Students will then evaluate their own and two other students videos to see if they behaved and answered in an appropriate and "hire-able" fashion.

2 weeks

  • Career Research
  • I was...I am...I will be presentation
  • Resumes, Cover Letters and Interview Skills
  • Now and Then
  • Speakers
  • Field Trip to local University or Community College

Family, Friends and Communication

This unit includes the PBL Project, "Communication Skills." The lesson in the project are designed to help students better communicate at home, school and work. Students will use communication skills they learn by writing and acting in role plays for the final project.

5 weeks

  • Communication Skills
  • Prejudice/Stereotypes
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Family and Friends
  • Birth Order and Relavant Research
  • Sexual Health Education
  • Sexually Related Diseases and Disorders - Brochures and PPT
  • Parenting and Careers - Creating a balance

Child Development

3 weeks

  • Birth
  • Child Development prenatal to age 5
  • Developmental Patterns and Traits
  • Play
  • Safety
  • Communication Skills
  • Children's Short Story

Design - Fashion and Interiors

This unit includes the PBL Project, Fashion, Design & Market a Necktie. In this project, students will be able to learn about the elements and principles of design as it relates to the Fashion industry. Students will apply the elements and principles of design to a "line" of neckties for a "high-end" department store such as Nordstrom's or Bloomingdale's. Students will also learn about wholesale vs retail, and create a marketing brochure.

4 weeks

  • Design Principles
  • Fashion
  • Interior Design

Nutrition, Foods and Drugs

This unit includes a PBL project, School Lunch Dietitian Detective, challenges students to understand school lunch criteria, create surveys, administer surveys, and analyze the results. Students will share their finding in a presentation and reflection. 

8 weeks

  • Foods and Nutrition
  • Drugs