Become K-12 certified to teach a variety of different subject matters: You’ll do that here.

Students completing the Bachelor of Science in Family & Consumer Sciences Education program at Southeast Missouri State University receive a K-12 certification and are trained to teach a variety of different subject matters such as:  

  • Child Development 
  • Family and Personal Relationships 
  • Foods and Nutrition 
  • Clothing Construction and Fashion 
  • Interior Design 

The aim of FCS courses is that all students increase their ability to act responsibly and productively, work cooperatively, apply concepts of balancing school/work and family, create solutions to critical and emergent issues, utilize technology effectively in personal and family settings, and maintain healthy lifestyles. FCS education provides the bridge needed by all students to deal with life and career issues (*AAFCS Rationale).

What Can I Do with a Family & Consumer Sciences Education Degree?

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time. 

Currently, demand for Family & Consumer Sciences teachers at the middle school and high school level is very high. The majority of our Family & Consumer Sciences Education majors receive offers of employment even before graduation!

Family & Consumer Sciences Education students are placed in diverse situations to give them experience teaching the widest possible range of ages:

  • Kindergarten
  • Elementary
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Extension/Adult Education


Family and Consumer Sciences Education Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree

Outcomes & Careers 

  • $49k 

    Preschool & Childcare Center Director 

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a preschool and childcare center director is $49,690.     




  • $61k

    Middle School Teacher 

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a middle school teacher is $61,810.    



  • $61k

    Kindergarten & Elementary School Teacher 

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a kindergarten and elementary school teacher is $61,620.     

What You'll Study

Degree Map

As a family and consumer sciences education major, you’ll learn to teach a variety of subjects such as child development, family and personal relationships, foods and nutrition, clothing construction and fashion, and interior design. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours which include 46 hours of education course requirements and 36 hours family and consumers sciences education requirements.

Education Courses

(46 Hours Required)

A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in education courses, with the exception of ED280 which requires a grade of ‘B’ or better.

  • ED280 Introduction to Education as a Profession (3)
  • EF400 Student Teaching Seminar (1)
  • EX390 Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child (3)
  • PY222 Development of the Adolescent (3)
  • SE307 Reading/Writing in the Content Area (3)
  • SE312 Techniques of Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences (3)
  • SE350 Pedagogy 1: Principles of Effective Teaching (3)
  • SE355 Field Experience II (3)
  • SE365 Pedagogy 2: Secondary School (4)
  • SE380 Advanced Field Experience (3)
  • SE385 Pedagogy 3: Advanced Methods of Middle and Secondary Teaching (3)
  • SE390 Instructional Interventions for Middle and Secondary Students with Special Literacy Needs (3)
  • SE465 Student Teaching (12)

Family and Consumer Sciences Education

(36-Hour Major - No Minor Required)

Required Courses:
  • CF102 Relationships in the 21st Century (3)
  • CF120 The Child: Development from Conception through Adolescence (3)
  • CF213 Family and Community Resources (3)
  • CF402 Relationships of Commitment (3)
  • CF430 Parent Child Interactions (3)
  • CF445 Social Perspectives of Sexuality (3)
  • FE200 Family Resource Management (3)
  • FN235 Nutrition for Health (3)
  • SE312 Techniques of Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences (3)
Choose 3 hours:
  • DS332 Materials for Interior Environments (3)
  • DS340 Housing Perspectives (3)
Choose 3 hours:
  • FN240 Introduction to Food Science (3)
  • HM205 Foundations of Culinary Practices (3)
Choose 3 hours:
  • FA104 Beyond Project Runway (3)
  • FA310 Fashion Forecasting (3)
  • TH251 Draping and Patterning for Theatre (3)

“Critical Courses” are italicized and bolded. Data shows that students who have completed this course in the first two years and have earned the noted grade are most likely to complete this program of study.

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year    

Fall Semester (16 Hours)     
  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • CF102 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3)     
Spring Semester (15 Hours)     
  • PY222 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Sophomore Year    

Fall Semester (15-16 Hours)  
  • CF120 (3) 
  • FE200 (3) 
  • General Education (4) 
  • General Education (2-3) 
  • Elective (3)
Spring Semester (15 Hours)    
  • ED280 (3) 
  • FN235 (3) 
  • FN240/HM205 (3)
  • FA104/FA310/TH251 (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Milestone: Passing score MoGEA

Junior Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)    
  • CF213 (3) 
  • CF402 (3) 
  • DS332/DS340 (3)
  • EX390 (3)
  • SE350 (3)
Spring Semester (17 Hours)     
  • CF430 (3) 
  • SE307 (3) 
  • SE355 (3) 
  • SE365 (4) 
  • Elective (4)

Senior Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)     
  • SE312 (3) 
  • SE380 (3) 
  • SE385 (3) 
  • SE390 (3) 
  • CF445 (3)
Spring Semester (13 Hours)  
  • EF400 (1) 
  • SE465 (12) 

Milestone: Passing score Mo Content Exam, MEES, 3.0 GPA in Ed. courses

A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion of a degree.

Get Funding for Your Education

Missouri’s opened the door to a more educated workforce. We want to help you walk through it. If you’re an adult learner and a Missouri resident returning to college, learn about the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant. It’s a statewide financial aid program that can be used to pursue a certificate, degree or industry-recognized credential in a high need area in Missouri. This major is eligible for the Fast Track grant.


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