Family & Consumer Sciences Major - Teaching Option

Family and consumer sciences students learn to work through credit and not-for-credit education systems to empower individuals and families across the lifespan to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse, global society. The unique focus is on families, work, and their interrelationships. The curriculum at MSU follows the National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers and the National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences Students. Therefore, students choosing this option will be well qualified to seek employment in a variety of educational settings including secondary public and private schools, extension, and public and private agencies. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates will be recommended for a Montana teaching license in Family and Consumer Sciences grades 5-12. Students are encouraged to complete the Certified Family Life Educator and Accredited Financial Counselor (FCS 337, FCS 338, and FCS 339) designations as well as a teaching minor in a second field while attending MSU to further increase their professional opportunities.

Additionally, the family and consumer sciences major prepares undergraduate students to pursue graduate degrees in a variety of areas including family and consumer sciences, curriculum and instruction, school counseling, and adult education.

Students must receive a grade of "C" or higher in all required courses as outlined in the major.

Note: The family and consumer sciences teaching option requires 122 credits.


Freshman YearCredits
CHTH 205 - Drugs and Society3
FCS 101IS - Indiv and Fam Dev: Lifespan3
FCS 138 - Survey of Family Finance and Consumer Issues3
Choose one of the following:3
EDEC 160 - Early Childhood Development
or FCS 261 - Adult Development and Aging
or FCS 2xx -
M 1xx--"C" or better in any 100-level or above M course3
WRIT 101W - College Writing I3
University Core and Electives12
Year Total: 30
Sophomore YearCredits
EDU 202 - Early Field Experience1
EDU 211D - Multicultural Education3
EDU 223IS - Educ Psych and Adolescent Dev3
FCS 218 - Design, Fashion, and Textiles3
FCS 219 - Apparel Construction3
FCS 239 - Contemporary Consumer Issues3
FCS 263 - Relationships and Fam Systems3
FCS 271 - Statistical Measures of Well-Being3
HTH 220 - Human Sexuality3
NUTR 221CS - Basic Human Nutrition3
NUTR 226 - Food Fundamentals3
NUTR 227 - Food Fundamentals Lab2
Year Total: 33
Junior YearCredits
EDSP 306 - Exceptional Learners3
EDSP 307 - Exceptional Learners Lab1
EDU 342 - Managing the Learning Envir3
EDU 370 - Integrating Tech into Educ2
EDU 382 - Assessmt, Curric, Instructn3
EDU 395 - Practicum3
FCS 337 - Personal and Family Finance I3
FCS 338 - Personal and Family Finance II3
FCS 371 - Research Methods in HHD3
FCS 437 - Managing Work and Family3
FCS 460 - Parenting3
Year Total: 30
Senior YearCredits
EDU 408 - Professional Issues: K-122
EDU 495 - Student Teaching12
EDU 497 - Methods3
FCS 450 - Curric Dev in FCS Education3
FCS 457 - Family Life Education3
Choose one of the following:3
FCS 464 - Gndr, Rce, Clss, and Fam Diver
or FCS 465R - Family Law & Public Policy
University Core or Elective3
Year Total: 29
Total Program Credits: 122