Ohio University

Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Program Codes

Teaching Track - BS6370
Community Leadership Track - BS6375

Overview

All students with majors in Family and Consumer Sciences Education learn and apply principles of consumer economics, financial literacy, and resource management. Students apply theory and research on human development, interpersonal relationships, and family systems to build and strengthen individual family assets. There are two tracks to choose from:

  • Family and Consumer Sciences-Teaching
    This track fulfills the requirements for a career-technical teaching license FCS ED to teach in grades 4-12. Teacher candidates are prepared to be future advisors of the school-based FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) career-technical student organization.
  • Family and Consumer Sciences-Community Leadership
    This track prepares graduates for employment in areas such as workforce development, human services leadership, youth leadership (4-H, Extension Services), after school programs, early child care administration, corporate offices, and non-profit organizations.
Lisa Williams helping student

Who Should Apply?

  • Any interested student in the program
  • If you interested in helping people and families in all facets of their lives, such as:
    • Financial
    • Nutrition
    • Health
    • Interpersonal relationships
    • Child development
    • Personal wellness
    • Textile and design
    • Culinary fundamentals
  • If you want to help communities
  • If you are focused on making a difference

Admission Information

  • Freshmen/First-Year Admission

    • No requirements beyond University admission requirements
  • Current Ohio University Student Change of Program Policy:

    • Students interested in changing into this major should contact the program coordinator; Lisa Diebel at diebel@ohio.edu
    • Teaching Track:
      Students from other colleges at Ohio University who wish to transfer into The Patton College of Education must have an accumulative GPA of 3.0.
      In order for students to be admitted to Teacher Candidacy, they need to meet one of the three standardized test scores:
      • ACT: 21 comprehensive
      • SAT: 990 comprehensive (old SAT), 1070 comprehensive (new SAT)
      • PRAXIS Core
      • Math: 150
      • Reading: 156
      • Writing: 162
    • Community Leadership Track:
      Students from other colleges at Ohio University who wish to transfer into The Patton College of Education must have an accumulative GPA of 2.0.
    • Admission requirements are subject to revision.
  • External Transfer Admission

    • No requirements beyond University admission requirements. A college or department advisor can offer assistance with the transfer of courses to Ohio University. A good resource for the planning of transfer credits is through Ohio’s Course Applicability System.

Benefits and Career Opportunities

Benefits include:

  • 100% job placement
  • Numerous job opportunities across the country and world
  • Current high demand for FCS teachers across the country
  • Extremely versatile degree
  • New job opportunities

Some of our recent graduates are:

  • Teaching in Public or Private Schools
  • Working with children and families through businesses or social agencies
  • Working as extension agents
  • Tutoring in Centers

Curriculum

Students in this program will take a variety of courses where they will learn and apply principles of consumer economics, financial literacy, resource management, human development, interpersonal relationships, family systems, food and nutrition and career planning.

Each student will complete an internship applicable to their chosen area of study.

Facilities and Resources

The Family and Consumer Sciences programs are housed in the newly renovated McCracken Hall, which includes a:

  • Professional Kitchen Laboratory and Demonstration Kitchen
  • Product Development Room and Textile Laboratory
  • Student Project Rooms

Points of Pride

  • Student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1
  • Student support for professional conferences and workshops.
  • Accredited through American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)

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Program Contact

Lisa Diebel
Associate Professor of Instruction
McCracken Hall 121N
1 Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701-2979
P: 740-593-9982
E: diebel@ohio.edu