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Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Mission of Family and Consumer Sciences Education: to provide pre-service teachers with the skills to empower students to manage challenges of living and working in a diverse, global, ever-changing society; to develop skills in decision making, problem solving, managing work and family, communication, technology, leadership, citizenship and workplace readiness; and to select and prepare for related careers while seeking academic excellence and Christian integrity.

A major in Family and Consumer Sciences Education (FCSE) prepares individuals to work in generalist careers in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) and leads to teacher licensure in FCS grades 6-12.  Additionally, occupational endorsements may be earned in either of the following: Care and Guidance of Young Children 9-12 or Food Management, Production, and Services 9-12. Occupational endorsements allow students to work in Career and Technical Education (CTE) centers with students seeking post-secondary opportunities in the areas of child care or food service. There are currently more openings in FCS than certified personnel to fill the positions across the United States.

Picture above: Carson-Newman Day on the Capitol Hill March 2016

Curriculum map for FCSE

Although FCSE majors earn a teaching license upon successful program completion, a variety of other career opportunities exist including: youth education, working with at-risk youths, serving as a Family and Consumer Scientist in business, and working as an extension agent, among many others,

For more information or to visit the department, contact:
Heather M. Whaley, PhD, CFCS
Associate Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences


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