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Family & Consumer Sciences Education (B.S.)

Help families manage the complexities of work, life, and relationships.

Families in today’s complex global society face many challenges when it comes to relationships, work-life balance, raising children, finances and housing. As a family and consumer sciences educator, the FCSE graduate is qualified to teach content in a wide range of settings, including in middle and high schools, occupational training programs, adult programs, or to serve as an extension educator. The FCSE program prepares students with comprehensive subject matter background from all areas of family and consumer sciences, contributing to the versatility of the major. The program focuses on characteristics of various learners or clients, learning principles and different applications of the teaching-learning process.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Work well with other people
  • Are interested in the complexity of human relationships
  • Want to make a positive difference
  • Have strong communication and leadership skills
  • Are involved in your community

Career Opportunities

  • Teacher
  • Child care center administrator
  • Youth services specialist
  • Professional development trainer
  • Extension educator

Recent Employers

  • SD, MN, and IA School Districts
  • Extension

Internship Opportunities

  • School districts with FCSE programs

Suggested Minors

  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Nutrition
  • Financial Counseling
  • Youth and Community Work
  • Select a Modern Language (French Studies, German, or Spanish)

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Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.