Professional Organizations

Family & Consumer Studies

  • Child Development & Family Studies
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Education

National Council on Family Relations

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) provides a forum for family researchers, educators, and practitioners to share in the development and dissemination of knowledge about families and family relationships, establishes professional standards, and works to promote family well-being.

What NCFR does:

  • Publishes two scholarly journals - Journal of Marriage and Family and Family Relations - plus books, audio/video tapes, and learning tools.

  • Sponsors an Annual Conference of juried cutting-edge research papers, methods, and practices including research updates for practitioners sessions, and awards for research and services conducted in the family field.

  • Promotes family life education, sets criteria and guidelines for family life education curriculum, develops other family life education publications and products, and certified family life educators.

  • Fosters dialogue among family professionals through interaction at the Annual Conference, state/regional Affiliate Councils, special interest Sections, and Focus Groups. Networking and collaboration are actively pursued by NCFR members via the newsletter REPORT internet, list serves, discussion forums, task forces and committees.

For more information check out the NCFR website.

Certified Family Life Educator

 

American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

The American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) is the only national forum where K-12 teachers, university educators and corporate executives collaborate to improve the quality of individual and family life. The AAFCS has over 10,000 professional members who educate and influence generations of American consumers in classrooms, companies, and communities.

For more information check out the AAFCS website.


 

Interior Design

 

The Interior Design Educators Council, Inc.

The Interior Design Educators Council, Inc. (IDEC) was founded in 1963 and is dedicated to the advancement of education and research in interior design. IDEC fosters exchange of information, improvement of educational standards, and development of the body of knowledge relative to the quality of life and human performance in the interior environment.

IDEC concentrates on the establishment and strengthening of lines of communication among individual educators, practitioners, educational institutions, and organizations concerned with interior design education.

IDEC members are interior design educators, practitioners, researchers, scholars, and administrators in institutions of higher education. Membership is also offered to individuals who are interested in interior design education and the activities of IDEC.

National Council for Interior Design Qualification

Established in 1974, the NCIDQ administers a two day exam twice yearly throughout the U.S.. The exam tests minimum competency of interior designers. To be eligible to sit for the exam, individuals must have a combination of education and full time practical experience totaling six years. This is usually accomplished by a designer having a four year degree in design and two years of full time experience working in the field. ASID and IIDA require passage of the exam for acceptance as a Professional Member in their associations. Some states require successful completion of the NCIDQ in order to be certified or licensed to practice in that state.

Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)

Founded in 1971, CIDA (formerly known as the Foundation for Interior Education Research or FIDER) an independent accrediting agency , is responsible for evaluating college interior design programs to ensure the educational programs meet the needs of society, interior design students, and the interior design profession. CIDA has developed a set of guidelines and standards interior design programs must meet in order to become FIDER accredited. The interior design program at MTSU has been accredited in May 1997.

American Society of Interior Designers

ASID is comprised of professional interior designers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Practicing interior designers usually join ASID under one of two membership categories, Professional Member or Allied Member. You are not required by law to be a member of ASID in order to practice interior design. Members are comprised of both residential and commercial designers. To qualify for Allied Membership, the designer must have graduated with a degree in interior design from an accredited university. Accreditation does not necessarily mean FIDER accreditation (see FIDER below). These members either have not passed the NCIDQ exam (see NCIDQ below) or are designers who do not practice interior design on a full time basis (such as interior design educators). Among qualification requirements for Professional Membership, the designer must pass the NCIDQ exam. Professional Members are required to take continuing education courses to maintain their memberships. ASID also has Student Members who join the society through their university ASID Student Chapters. Not all schools are allowed by ASID to have a chapter. MTSU does have a student chapter.

International Interior Design Association

IIDA also has members in both the U.S. and Canada. Practicing interior designers usually join IIDA under one of two membership categories, Professional Member or Affiliate Member. You are not required by law to be a member of IIDA in order to practice interior design. Members are comprised primarily of commercial designers. To qualify for Affiliate Membership, the designer must have graduated with a degree in interior design from an accredited university. Accreditation does not necessarily mean FIDER accreditation (see FIDER below). These members have yet to pass the NCIDQ exam (see NCIDQ below) .Among qualification requirements for Professional Membership, the designer must pass the NCIDQ exam. Professional Members are required to take continuing education courses to maintain their memberships. IIDA also has Student Membership available to interior design students. IIDA does not have university student chapters, but students are encouraged to attend the local professional meetings. A number of our students at MTSU are also IIDA members.
Tennessee (Licensing & Certification)

Tennessee State Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners

There are approximately sixteen states that have some type of law regulating interior designers. The wording, whether "certification", "registration" or "licensing" will vary from state to state as will the specific requirements for practicing. Some states have a practice act. In these states you must be licensed in order to practice interior design. Other states have a title act, meaning in order to call yourself an interior designer you must meet state qualifying factors. In such states you do not have to be certified to practice interior design. Most states stipulate passage of the NCIDQ for licensing, registration or certification. In addition to passing the NCIDQ, a particular state may have other provisions. Tennessee currently has a title act. You must be registered by the state in order to claim that you are a "registered" interior designer. In all probability, a practice act will replace the title act within the next five years. At that time you must be licensed to even practice interior design.


Nutrition & Food Sciences

 

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 

Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Nashville Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Institute of Food Technologists

Research Chefs Association


Textiles, Merchandising & Design

  • Apparel Design
  • Fashion Merchandising

The International Textile & Apparel Association, Inc.

The ITAA is a professional, educational association composed of scholars, educators, and students in the textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education. ITAA welcomes professionals employed in those fields who wish to join with members of the Association in the pursuit of knowledge, interchange of ideas, and dissemination of knowledge through meetings, special events, and publications.

ITAA advances excellence in research, theory development, education, creative work, and their applications in the global textiles and apparel field.

When you join ITAA, you are joining an established network of scholars with common interests and concerns. Annual meetings provide opportunities to:

  • report on and learn about new developments and research in textiles, apparel, retailing, and related areas;
  • report on and learn about new teaching techniques and methodologies;
  • compete in international textile and apparel design competitions and exhibitions;
  • compete for grants, fellowships, and scholarships;
  • meet and interact with textile and apparel leaders in academia, industry, and government;
  • explore common interests and problems with persons from diverse institutional environments; introduce students to professional association activities.

All of our current Textiles, Merchandising, and Design full-time faculty are members of ITAA.

Mailing Address

Department of Human Sciences
Middle Tennessee State University
Box 86
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Main Office

Ellington Human Sciences 100
Department Chair: Deborah Belcher
Telephone: (615) 898-2884
Fax: (615) 898-5130
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