Major code BS6370
Patton College of Education
Human and Consumer Sciences
Athens, OH 45701
Lisa Diebel, contact person
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.
No requirements beyond University admission requirements
Change of Program Policy
No selective or limited admission requirements. Students interested in changing into this major should contact the chair of the Department of Human and Consumer Sciences .
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.
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.