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Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Department of Fashion and Interior Design  

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Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-5136
Fax: 417-836-4341
Email: SusaRathbun@missouristate.edu

Career Preparation

The family and consumer sciences (FCS) education program provides a well-rounded, quality university education. It is an interdisciplinary course of study, which includes six core areas from family and consumer sciences. These are Family and Human Development, Child Development, Consumer and Resource Management, Nutrition and Wellness, Fashion and Textiles, and Housing and Interior Design. It also includes supporting course work in other areas of education, natural and social sciences and humanities. The program is certified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and accredited by NCATE.

A Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from Missouri State prepares students for the following positions: family and consumer sciences teacher in both comprehensive and occupational secondary programs, educator in Parents as Teachers programs, adult education teacher, extension agent for family and consumer sciences, 4-H coordinator, day care administrator, community aid, family and consumer science specialist, curriculum specialist, educational materials writer, or consumer educator for government, education, business or industry. With an additional graduate degree and work experience, other career opportunities include college teacher, day care administrator, extension specialist, guidance counselor, community college teacher, recreation specialist, school administrator or state or city supervisor of family and consumer sciences education. The broad background that family and consumer sciences education students receive also prepares them for satisfying and successful individual and family lives.

Academic Program

The comprehensive family and consumer sciences education major certifies graduates for teaching family and consumer sciences in grades 9-12.  They can also be a  Birth-Grade 12 Family Life Resource Educator. Certification allows graduates to also teach FCS classes in Parents as Teachers programs, nutrition programs for grade school children and middle school exploratory FCS classes. It will not provide pre-K or elementary certification. It does not require a minor, but does require 38 credit hours of courses from all areas of family and consumer sciences, 46-47 hours of general education and 42 hours of professional education courses. The total number of hours needed for graduation is 126.


In addition to 46-47 credit hours of general education requirements, Family and Consumer Sciences Education majors are required to take the following family and consumer sciences courses:

  • CFD 155: Human Development
  • CFD 160: Principles of Development in Early Childhood
  • CFD 163: Relationships in Today’s Families
  • CFD 260: Supervised Experience in Child Development Laboratories
  • CFS 120: Family Health
  • CFS 130: Essentials of Nutrition
  • CFS 335: Presentation Techniques
  • CFS 373: Family Economics
  • CFS 472: Resource Management Theory and Practicum
  • CFS 507: Student Organizations in Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • CFS 512: Methods of Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • CFS 515: Organization of Occupational and Vocational Programs in Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • CTM 180: Apparel Construction
  • CTM 283: Textiles Science
  • HID 140: Fundamentals of Design
  • HID 145: Introduction to Housing or HID 241 Residential Design
  • HRA 321: Food Preparation

For more information see the complete checklist online at www.missouristate.edu/facs. Also see the Missouri State‚ÄąCatalog at www.missouristate.edu/catalog.

Before a student can be admitted into the Professional Education program and proceed with the other professional education courses he or she must:

  1. Have an overall and major GPA of 2.50 or higher;
  2. pass all portions of CBASE with a 265 or more;
  3. have a grade of "C" or better in COM115, EDC150, and SEC302;
  4. have an ACT score on file;
  5. have at least 45 semester hours;
  6. Highway Patrol background check;
  7. have Portfolio Checkpoint 1 completed.

Professional education courses required:

  • EDC 150: Introduction to Teaching
  • EDC 350: Foundations of Education
  • SEC 302: General Methods of Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools
  • SPE 340: Educational Alternatives for Exceptional Students
  • EDT 365: Instructional Applications of Technology and Media
  • PSY 360: Educational Psychology
  • RDG 474: Reading and Writing in the Content Fields
  • CFS 493: Supervised Teaching
  • CFS 494: Supervised Teaching
  • PSY/SFR 486: Management and Assessment in the Classroom


Faculty in the Department of Fashion and Interior Design are noted for their scholarship and also for their experiences in their respective fields of study.


Family and Consumer Sciences Education utilizes all the classrooms in the Department of Fashion and Interior Design in the Park Central Office Building downtown. The Professional Building on Cherry Street houses The Child Development Center and the Hospitality and Restaurant Administration program. High schools and middle schools statewide serve as cooperating schools for student teachers.


The local Student Association for Family and Consumer Sciences Education furthers the interests of students in this major. Members elect officers, plan activities and complete service projects and professional development activities.  It provides leadership opportunities for students at the local, state, and national levels. State competitive scholarships are also made available through the organization to members who are FCS education majors.

Students in Family and Consumer Sciences Education may apply for the Jo Anne Booher and Joyce Waldron scholarships, exclusively for outstanding juniors in FCS education. The FCS majors may also apply for the Department's Floy T. Burgess Scholarship, as well as, several state scholarships for Family and Consumer Sciences Education.

Sample Schedule

Missouri State is committed to assisting students to graduate in four years--see sample graduation plans for this major.

The following is a sample schedule for this major--your actual schedule will vary.

First Semester Courses Hours
ENG 110 Writing I3
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations2
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship3
BMS 130: Essentials of Nutrition3
Second Semester Courses Hours
MTH 135 College Algebra3
HST 121 or 122 History of the US3
FMD 103 Introduction to Fashion Construction3
CFD 163 Relationships in Today's Families3
HID 145 Introduction to Housing2
CIS 101 Computers for Learning2
SOC 150 Introduction to Society3

Sophomore Year

First Semester Courses Hours
BIO 102 or 1214
Creativity Elective3
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology3
CFD 155 Principles of Human Development3
CFD 160 Principles of Development in Early Childhood3
SEC 301 Introduction to Teaching in the Secondary School2
Second Semester Courses Hours
CHM 105 or 106 Fundamentals of Chemistry4-5
HID 140 Fundamentals of Design and Interiors3
FMD 202 Fashion Textiles3
Writing II3
HID 145 Introduction to Housing2