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Family and Consumer Sciences Education
About the Program
(Major code BS6370)
The major in family and consumer sciences education (FCS) is offered in the Department of Human and Consumer Sciences Education in The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education. Students completing this program fulfill the requirements for a teaching license in family and consumer sciences education, to teach in grades 4-12.
FCS Education majors gain in-depth knowledge in child and family studies with specialized course work in nutrition and food science, consumer and financial literacy, textiles and apparel, interior environments, and career planning.
A graduate might teach courses in nutrition & health, food safety, child care, parenting, building personal, family and career relationships, consumer and financial literacy, and/or transitions for academic and career success. In some school settings, a graduate might teach clothing or textile arts, interior design and other life and career skills.
FCS teacher candidates are prepared to coordinate GRADS, Ohio's in-school teen pregnancy program, leadership development through the FCCLA student's organization, provide community leadership through in-class service learning, and career internship/mentorship programs or foundation classes for related career academies.
The Ohio University online graduate catalog identifies the following:
- Required General Education Courses
- Professional Education Prerequisites
- Professional Requirements for the Major
- Teaching Field Requirements
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Expectations of Transfer Students
A college or university advisor can offer assistance with the transfer of courses to Ohio University. Ohio's Course Applicability System is another good resource at www.oh.transfer.org/cas/login.htm. Recommended possible transfers: college algebra, freshman and junior level composition, psychology, chemistry, economics, communication (public speaking) health, nutrition, human growth and development.
Ohio Association Family and Consumer Sciences (student members enrolled in college) www.oafcs.org
Students New to the Major
Undecided or declared FCS Education majors should begin their studies with HCGE 110 Community and Workforce Education.
Field Experiences and Internships
- EDTE 2020 Field Experience in Education - observation, assistance, adapting tests and lessons and tutoring.
- EDSE 3500 Secondary School Teaching and Instruction - Clinical experiences in a secondary school classroom.
- CONS 3400: Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Several of the professional content courses in this major are offered online during the summer sessions and more are becoming available throughout the state.
- AAFCS/ OAFCS - American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
- ACTE - Association for Career and Technical Education
- OATFACS - Ohio Association Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences
- Career Technical Family and Consumer Sciences Education
- Serv-Safe Certification
As a student in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education Program at Ohio University, you will have the opportunity to be involved in the following professional activities in the Department of Human and Consumer Sciences:
- Join OU/ HSO - Human Services Organization affiliated with AAFCS
- Visit schools to observe teachers and practice teaching
- Intern with Extension or other community service agencies
- Learn about and be involved in service learning projects
- Join numerous other professional organizations related to content courses
- Human & Consumer Sciences Overview
- Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising
- Family and Consumer Sciences Education
- Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development
- Restaurant, Hotel, and Tourism
- Customer Service Minor