Today's Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) teachers are members of a vital and rewarding profession. FCS educators instruct and train students for life management and to work in a wide variety of fields. FCS educators teach early childhood development, food production and hospitality management, and apparel and interior design. They often teach courses that are in high demand by area employers, who may provide input into the curriculum and offer internships to students.

FCS Education

At SPU, teacher certification in Family and Consumer Science Education is offered at the secondary level. SPU is an approved institution for vocational (career and technical education) certification of family and consumer science teachers in middle, junior, and high school family and consumer science programs.

Secondary school teachers' responsibilities are often more varied than at the elementary school level. FCS teachers may teach course content using child development laboratories, food preparation kitchens, or computer simulations. Student groups complete exercises that require them to apply knowledge, interact with others, adapt to new technology, and logically think through problems.

Secondary FCS teachers often lead student groups. Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) is a nonprofit student organization that promotes application of family and consumer sciences content in schools, at home, and in the community. The FCCLA goal is to improve the quality of life for students and their families and to prepare students for the adult world.

Refer to the University Catalog for degree requirements.

Application to the Major

FCS Secondary Education students may apply to the major after successful completion of any three Family and Consumer Sciences courses.

A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for admission to the major. Contact the School of Education for additional requirements.

Major Status Applications are due the first Friday of Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarter.