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Family and Consumer Sciences Education

College of Health and Human Services

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Family and Consumer Sciences Education - Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Family and Consumer Sciences

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers students a Bachelor of Arts degree in six option areas of study:

  • Child Development and Family Studies
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • Family Life Education
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Textiles and Clothing

Requirements for all majors include a minimum of 120 units for the Bachelor of Arts degree. In addition to general education requirements (48 units), a minimum of 40 units in Family and Consumer Sciences must be completed, 24 of which must be upper division. Students transferring from another college or university will receive transfer credit in required courses if the course is equivalent to the course at this University and it is first accepted by the University.

Specific degree and certificate information as well as option requirements are listed under each option alphabetically in this Catalog.

Family and Consumer Sciences Education

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, Option in Family and Consumer Sciences Education prepares students for careers in teaching youth and adults in various educational settings, as well as for positions in business, industry and government. Courses in the program focus on enhancing the quality of life for diverse individuals and families through assignments and activities that promote solutions to problems encountered in daily living. The Option in Family and Consumer Sciences Education meets the subject matter requirement for the Preliminary Single Subject Credential in Home Economics.

Students who earn a Home Economics Single Subject Teaching Credential (code 140) will be prepared to teach in middle, junior, and senior high schools, and in adult or career and technical education programs and community colleges. Career opportunities also include positions in cooperative extension, government, and community service agencies; and education program specialist positions in business, industry, and government.

In addition to meeting the subject matter competence requirement for the Preliminary Single Subject Credential in Home Economics, prospective Family and Consumer Sciences teachers are also required to complete 45 units of professional preparation in the Single Subject Credential Program, including student teaching. Students may begin the professional preparation courses as early as the junior year. With careful planning, it is possible to complete all of the credential program courses, except for student teaching, as an undergraduate. Courses may also be completed as a post-baccalaureate student. Refer to the Single Subject Teacher Education section of this Catalog or the Single Subject Credential Program website ( for a description of the professional preparation requirements, courses, and application procedures. Prospective students should consult the department's Family and Consumer Sciences Credential Advisor early to plan their program.

The Option in Family and Consumer Sciences Education is being revised to meet new state standards for subject matter competence for the Home Economics credential. When the revised program has been approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, the new course requirements will be in effect and supersede current requirements.

Option in Family and Consumer Sciences Education (code FCS_BA02) (120 units)

CHEM 100; COMM 130; ECON 300; EDP 301; EDSS 300H; ETEC 444, HSC 411B; PSY 100; SOC 100 or ANTH 120; CAFF 223, 226, 321I, 322; CDFS 211, 312I; FCSE 296, 299, 492D, 497, 499; FMD 154, 251, 253; HFHM 173, 235, 275; NUTR 132; plus 12 units of one of the following concentrations:

  • Child Development and Education Occupations: CDFS 214, 414, 416A, 416B;
  • Fashion Design, Manufacturing and Merchandising: FMD 155, 351, 355, 457;
  • Food Service and Hospitality: HFHM 270, 375, 474, 477.

Candidates for the Home Economics Single Subject Credential must take professional education requirements.

The following courses have prerequisites in addition to classes listed in this FCSE program of study:

  1. HSC 411B - Current CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) Certification as a co-requisite.
  2. FMD 355 - ELM (Entry Level Mathematics) test passage.

The following substitutions or waivers have been approved for students in the FCSE program of study:

  1. FMD 258 is waived in FMD 351 and FMD 355.
  2. ACCT 201 is waived in FMD 355.
  3. EDP 301 is substituted for CDFS 111 in all of the courses for which CDFS 111 is a pre-requisite: CDFS 211, 214, 414, 416A, 416B.
  4. ETEC 444 is substituted for IS 233 in FMD 355.
  5. FMD 253 is substituted for FMD 353.