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Family & Consumer Sciences Education Concentration

The Child & Family Services major: FCS Ed concentration at WKU is comprised of 51 hours in the Family and Consumer Sciences content courses, 31 hours in Professional Education course work, and Colonnade courses to total 121 credit hours.  The following list shows course requirements for this major:

The central purpose of the program is to prepare graduates who can successfully assume the positions of family and consumer sciences educators in middle and secondary schools. The graduate will have a broad family and consumer sciences knowledge base as well as the ability to teach others how to use this information to improve personal and family life.

No minor is required. Students majoring in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education concentration are required to meet with their advisor before enrolling for the upcoming semester. All requirements for admission to professional education must be met to fulfill the Kentucky Standards for the designated teaching certificate. Current information on teacher education and certification are available on the website for the Office of Professional Educator Services.

  • AGED 300 Youth Development for Agricultural Education
  • FACS 180 Foundations in Family & Consumer Sciences
  • FACS 191 Child Development
  • FACS 310 Management of Family Resources
  • FACS 311 Family Relations
  • FACS 312 Professional Ethics for Family Life
  • FACS 381 Methods and Materials in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • FACS 422 Adolescent Psychology
  • FACS 481 Advanced Methods
  • FACS 493 Family Life Education
  • FACS 494 Parenting Strategies
  • HMD 151 Food Science
  • HMD 211 Human Nutrition
  • IDFM 100 Introduction to Housing and Interior Design
  • IDFM 120 Visual Design 1
  • IDFM 131 Basic Apparel Construction
  • IDFM 223 Textiles
  • FACS 193 Curriculum Development for Young Children
  • FACS 393  Role of Play in Child Development
  • FACS 495  Family and Relationship Violence
  • HMD 152   Food Service Sanitation
  • HMD 251  Commercial Food Preparation
  • HMD 171  Introduction to Management in the Hospitality Industry
  • IDFM 132  Perspectives of Dress
  • IDFM 431  Clothing and Human Behavior
  • PH 365  Human Sexuality
  • EDU 250 Discover Teaching: Introduction to Teacher Education
  • EDU 260 Classroom Assessment
  • EDU 350 Student Diversity and Differentiation
  • EDU 360 Behavior and Classroom Management in Education
  • EDU 489 Student Teaching Seminar
  • MGE 490 Student Teaching
  • PSY 310 Educational Psychology: Development and Learning
  • SEC 490 Student Teaching

Note: A grade of "C: or better is required in all courses in the major.

Child & Family Services: FCS Education 4-year plan

Examples of Positions: Family and Consumer Sciences Instructor, County Extension, and public or private business

For more information, please contact the department by phone (270-745-4352 ) or e-mail (deirdre.lawless@wku.edu).

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Accreditations achieved within the Applied Human Sciences Department

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) - Nutrition & Dietetic Undergraduate and Graduate programs

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - Early Childhood Education Associate Degree

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) - Interior Design program


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 Last Modified 5/21/22