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Undergraduate Majors

Ohio University's nine undergraduate colleges offer more than 250 programs of study. Students may select from a wide variety of majors, minors and certificates. While most undergraduate programs at the Athens campus are designed to be completed in four years, a limited number of two-year degree programs are available as well.

Family and Consumer Sciences Education—Teaching Major (B.S.H.C.S.)

Major code BS6370

Patton College of Education
Human and Consumer Sciences
McCracken Hall
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.2880
Fax: 740.566.8111
www.ohio.edu/education/academic-programs/human-and-consumer-sciences/

Lisa Diebel, contact person
diebel@ohio.edu

Program Overview

The Teacher Licensure in Family and Consumer Sciences Education (FCS ED) 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.

All students with majors in Family and Consumer Sciences Education learn and apply principles of consumer economics, financial literacy, and resource management; learn and apply theory and research on human development, interpersonal relationships, and family systems to build and strengthen individual family assets; know and demonstrate the role of food and nutrition in constructing a healthy lifestyle; and investigate and plan career pathways and research transitioning processes through the life cycle. All FCS education majors receive Serv-Safe Certification.

Family and Consumer Sciences Education empowers individuals and families throughout their lives to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse, global society. The unique focus is on work, families and interrelationships. Students beginning this major at an Ohio University regional campus have the opportunity to acquire most of the courses recommended for the freshmen and sophomore years.

Admissions Information

For Freshmen/First-Year Admission, Change of Program or External Transfer

No requirements beyond University admission requirements. To obtain the documents necessary to change your major or externally transfer into the program you will need to speak with a representative in the Office of Student Affairs located on the 1st floor of McCracken Hall in Room 102. The main office can be reached at 740.593.4400.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Teacher Licensure Track: Graduates entering the middle school or high school teaching field might teach courses in healthy living, healthy and safe foods, consumer economics and financial management, career search or career search with a mentorship program for students, child development and parenting, resource management skills, or managing personal transitions. Family and Consumer Sciences Education teacher candidates are prepared to coordinate GRADS (Ohio's in-school teen pregnancy program), provide leadership development through the FCCLA student organization, provide leadership for in-class service learning, and teach foundation classes for the human services career pathways. In Ohio, FCS ED is a legislated program to teach the required financial literacy for high school graduation.