The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers a curriculum designed to prepare the student to obtain teacher licensure in the area of Family and Consumer Sciences Education, grades 6-12. Students completing this curriculum are not required to complete a minor field; however, they may consider a second concentration in an area such as health or a variety of minors in education. Students may take additional course work in any of the areas of FCS. A professional development school option is available for the students desiring to graduate with additional field experience and PDS recognition from the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Recent graduates with this major can be found in these challenging positions: teaching secondary schools, food services, school counseling, social services, community services, family and consumer sciences extension work and graduate studies.
Professional Development School Opportunity
Beyond FCS course requirements for teacher education, students may choose to participate in the professional development school opportunity. These students will have the advantage of working in a professional laboratory experience through cooperative arrangements with area public schools. Supervised laboratory experiences will include observation in FACS classrooms, teacher assistance and classroom teaching experiences.
Field experience in a cooperative high school setting will include observation of FCS classes, interviews with school administration, and other activities that will prepare students for a teaching career.
Additional field experience in a cooperative high school will include working with a FCS teacher to gain experience in the classroom. Students will spend a minimum of five hours per week in the school setting. Participation in this will satisfy FCS 570 Professional Internship (____).
General Education Degree Requirements* (43-51 hours)
Basic Skills (12-13 hours)
General Education Electives (31-38 hours)
Sciences (8-9 hours)
Social Studies (3 hours)
Political Studies (3 hours)
Producing and Consuming# (2-3 hours)
Fine Arts and Aesthetic Studies (2-3 hours)
Cultural Studies (3-5 hours)
Health and Well Being@ (4-6 hours)
Human Heritage (6 hours)
#Three hours of general education producing and consuming are satisfied by the required course FCS 230 Consumer Education and Personal Finance.
* See General Education Requirements for Students Preparing to Teach Secondary School.
@ Counts as both General Education and major requirement: FCS 203 Nutrition and Health and FCS 301 Nutrition.
NOTE: Students are required to complete Writing to Learn courses. See Writing to Learn Requirement.