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Family and Consumer Sciences Education

The family and consumer sciences education (FCSE) program at North Dakota State University has been approved by the State Board for Career and Technical Education for the preparation of family and consumer sciences teachers. The FCSE program is a versatile major due to the preparation of the student as both an educator and a family and consumer scientist.

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The Program

As an educator, the FCSE graduate is prepared to guide a variety of teaching-learning situations. Since education is a people-centered profession, the program focuses on characteristics of various learners or clients, learning principles and different applications of the teaching-learning process. A wide range of strategies for working with individuals or groups is included. Hands-on experience is provided throughout the program to develop the teaching skills learned in classes.

As a family and consumer sciences educator, the FCSE student is prepared with a comprehensive subject matter background. Courses from all areas of family and consumer sciences are included in the program. This contributes to the versatility of the major since the broad range of knowledge may be applied to a wide variety of settings.

A graduate of the FCSE program is qualified to teach family and consumer sciences classes in occupational or non-occupational programs, adult programs, or to serve as an extension educator.

The FCSE program meets the standards set by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Thus, graduates are readily employable throughout the United States.

Student Teaching

Student teaching is the culmination of the teaching program. Students have the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills acquired in college courses under the supervision of an experienced family and consumer sciences educator.

Career Opportunities

Since the FCSE education major has preparation across all areas of family and consumer sciences, a wide variety of career opportunities in the field is possible. Graduates pursuing a career in teaching become employed in both traditional and nontraditional teaching situations. Settings include teaching in middle, junior and senior high schools and secondary vocational centers. Other career options include employment as consultants in teaching family and consumer sciences at the elementary school level or serving as family and consumer sciences teachers for special education students. Teachers of adult programs work with various agencies and local school districts offering adult enrichment, continuing education, evening and summer classes, and programs for special groups such as parents, senior citizens and migrant workers. Graduates also are employed by the Cooperative Extension Service, utility companies, health and human service agencies and retail establishments.

In addition, graduates are employed in business, industry, government service and public agencies. The capacity in which our graduates serve in these fields varies. Some are employed as family and consumer scientists to contribute specific knowledge, while others are employed to provide educational services and information dissemination to consumers about products, services or facilities of different companies and agencies. Others have become involved in promotion and distribution.

Career opportunities may be enhanced through careful selection of elective courses. Another major or minor offered through the College of Human Development and Education or a major from another teaching field is encouraged.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Information about various loans, grants, general scholarships and employment is available through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships or One Stop. Scholarships ranging from $300 to $1,000 are offered to outstanding freshmen with financial need through the College of Human Development and Education. Additional academic scholarships also are available each year for returning students.

Sample Curriculum

Students enrolling in the family and consumer sciences education program will be expected to complete course work in the following areas.

General Education 
    First-Year Experience Courses
1     HD&E 189 - Skills for Academic Success
3     COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking
3, 3     ENGL 110, 120 - College Composition I, II
3     ENGL 358 - Writing in the Humanities and Social
3   Quantitative Reasoning
    Science and Technology
3     CHEM 117 - Chemical Concepts and Applications
3 or 4     CSCI 114 - Microcomputer Packages or
      CSCI 116 - Business Use of Computers
3-4   Science and Technology Elective
6   Humanities and Fine Arts
    Social and Behavioral Sciences
3     PSYC 111 - Introduction to Psychology
3     SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology
3      HNES 200 - Principles of Nutrition
-   Cultural Diversity
-   Global Perspective
41   Total
Credits   Major Requirements
1 or 3   ADHM 151 - Design Fundamentals-Lecture or
    ADHM 315 - History of Interiors I or
      ADHM 316 - History of Interiors II
3   ADHM 155 - Apparel Construction and Fit or
     ADHM 101 - Beginning Apparel Construction
3   ADHM 366 - Textiles
3   ADHM 410 - Dress in World Cultures or
     ADHM 486 - Dress and Human Behavior
3   HDFS 135 - Family Science
3   HDFS 186 - Consumer and Society
3   HDFS 230 - Life Span Development
3   HDFS 242 - Couples, Marriages and Families
3   HDFS 341 - Parent-Child Relations
3   HDFS 357 - Personal and Family Finance
3   HDFS 462 - Methods of Family Life Education
3   HDFS 475 - Children and Families Across Cultures
3   H&CE 469 - Housing Education and Issues
1   HNES 141 - Food Sanitation
3   HNES 200 - Principles of Nutrition
3   HNES 217 - Personal and Community Health
5   HNES 261, 261L - Food Selection and Preparation
       Principles and Lab
49-51   Total
Credits   Professional Education Emphasis
3   EDUC 321 - Introduction to Teaching
3   EDUC 322 - Educational Psychology
3   EDUC 451 - Instructional Planning, Methods
        and Assessment
3   EDUC 486 - Classroom Management for Diverse
3   EDUC 489 - Teaching Students of Diverse
3   H&CE 232 - Philosophy and Policy
3   H&CE 467 - Advising FCCLA
3   H&CE 468 - Methods of Teaching Family and 
     Consumer Sciences I: Techniques
3   H&CE 482 - Methods of Teaching Family and
     Consumer Sciences II: Professional Practices
1   H&CE 483 - Student Teaching Seminar
9   H&CE 487 - Student Teaching
3   H&CE 488 - Applied Student Teaching
40   Total
130-132   Curriculum Total

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.

Evelyn Morrow Lebedeff Hall
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Evelyn Morrow Lebedeff Hall is located in the center of campus on Centennial Boulevard and is connected to the east end of the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Family Life Center (Campus Map)

Contact Information

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College of Human Development and Education
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