What is FCS Education

Family and Consumer Sciences Education, formerly known as Home Economics, is a program for students who plan to teach Family and Consumer Sciences at the middle school, junior high, high school, or postsecondary levels. Family and Consumer Sciences Education directly addresses the needs of individuals, families, and consumers. Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences can directly impact the lives of individuals, the health of families, and the welfare of society and help to shape the future in a very direct way.

Students participate in multilevel practicum experiences which allow them to work closely with master classroom teachers at various levels as they apply professional knowledge and refine their instructional skills. Students work closely with a Family and Consumer Sciences mentor teacher(s) and university professor while student teaching.

Why FCS Education?

Teachers in this area are in high demand across the state and the nation because they are qualified to teach many different subject areas, including clothing and textiles, nutrition and foods, interior design, child and human development, financial literacy, and more. We currently have 100% job placement after students graduate for those seeking employment.

Students completing the program meet the requirements for a bachelor of science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, an Idaho Teaching License in Family and Consumer Sciences with an endorsement in Career and Technical Education.


FCS Education Program Outcomes

  1. Create a learning environment that will implement FCCLA/4H (youth programing)
  2. Design, implement and evaluate effective FCS programs at the middle and High school level
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in writing, and oral communication
  4. Become a professional

FCS Education Courses

FCS Education Core
  • FCS205 - Family and Consumer Science Practicum (2)
  • FCS380 - Connect Education and Employment (3)
  • FCS400 - Curriculum Development in Occupational Education (3)
  • FCS405 - Teaching Methods for Family and Consumer Science (3)
Teacher Education Courses
  • ED200 - Education (Historical and Philosophical Perspective) (2)
  • ED304 - Development, Cognition, and Understanding (3)
  • ED461 - Content Area Reading and Assessment II (3)
  • ED492 - Student Teaching (10)
  • SPED360 - Exceptional Students: Grade 6-12 (2)

View BYU-Idaho Course Catalog for more FCS Education courses