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).

Outcomes & Careers 

  • 96% 

    Successful Outcomes Rate 

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Child & Family Studies report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.  

  • $49k 

    Preschool & Childcare Center Director 

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a preschool and childcare center director is $49,160.     




  • $61k

    Middle School Teacher 

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a middle school teacher is $60,810.    


  • $61k

    Kindergarten & Elementary School Teacher 

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a kindergarten and elementary school teacher is $60,660.     

What You'll Study

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 Curriculum Development & Techniques of Teaching Vocational Home Economics (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 & Consumer Sciences Education
(36-Hour Major - No Minor Required)

  • CF102 Relationships in the 21st Century (3)
  • CF120 The Child: Development from Conception to Adolescence (3)
  • CF209 Introduction to Family Theories (3)
  • CF402 Relationships of Commitment (3)
  • CF430 Parent-Child Interactions (3)
  • FA207 Textiles (3)
  • FE200 Family Resource Management (3)
  • FN235 Nutrition for Health (3)
  • UI340 Housing Perspectives (3)
  • UI355 Consumer in the Market (3)
  • UI445 Social Perspectives of Sexuality (3)

Choose 3 hours:

  • FN240 Introduction to Food Science (3)
  • HM205 Foundations of Culinary Practices (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) 
  • CF120 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3)     

Spring Semester (15 Hours)     

  • PY222 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (4) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: Maintain 2.75 cumulative GPA, Complete MEP

Sophomore Year    

Fall Semester (14 Hours)  

  • CF120 (3) 
  • CF209 (3) 
  • FE200 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (15 Hours)    

  • ED280 (3) 
  • FA207 (3) 
  • FN235 (3) 
  • FN240/HM205 (3) 
  • Elective (3) 

Milestone: Maintain 2.75 cumulative GPA, Passing score MoGEA

Junior Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)    

  • CF402 (3) 
  • EX390 (3) 
  • SE350 (3) 
  • UI340 (3) 
  • UI355 (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) 
  • UI445 (3)

Spring Semester (13 Hours)  

  • EF400 (1) 
  • SE465 (12) 

Milestone: Passing score Mo Content Exam, MoPTA, 2.75 cumulative GPA, 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.

Getting the Job

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.


  • Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) credential
  • National Council on Family Relations logo

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