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.

The FCS Education degree is a composite major that provides a holistic approach to the study of Family and Consumer Sciences and Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum.  Students completing the program meet the requirements for a bachelor of science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, an Idaho Teaching License in Career and Technical Education with an endorsement in Family and Consumer Sciences (6-12).

FCS Education Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the Family and Consumer Sciences Ed Composite major should be able to do the following:
  1. Demonstrate proficiency of the FCS common body of knowledge through classroom projects or national exams
  2. Design curriculum for a Career and Technical Education classroom that integrates Career Technical Student Organizations (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America)
  3. Use effective classroom management strategies in a secondary-level classroom while delivering instruction
  4. Effectively communicate FCS content to secondary students
  5. Apply characteristics of professionalism as defined by the professional dispositions rubric
  6. Meet requirements for teacher certification in the State of Idaho

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)
  • FCS405L - FCS Teaching Practicum (1)
Elementary, Early, and Special 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)
  • ED361 -  Principles of Teaching and Assessment (3)

View BYU-Idaho Course Catalog for more FCS Education courses