Nicole Graves, Lecturer
Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
Wenona Hall 108
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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.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Family & Consumer Sciences major students will:
- have broad knowledge of career and technical education content and be prepared to teach these subjects at the secondary level,
- understand education concepts related to effective teaching and learning at the secondary level of education,
- be prepared to coordinate an effective program of high school vocational content and serve as FCCLA advisor,
- be prepared for a variety of careers in family and consumer sciences,
- locate and evaluate information to aid in decision-making,
- have sufficient core competencies for effective lifetime learning,
- demonstrate effective written and oral communications skills,
- demonstrate critical thinking and decision making skills.
Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in all majors courses, SPCM 101, ENGL 101 and MATH 102, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above in order to be admitted to the teacher education program.
Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs (NCATE)
South Dakota Department of Education
Certification and Licensure
With this major and the accompanying teacher education coursework required for teaching licensure, candidates are eligible to take the Praxis content tests, and apply for a teaching license in South Dakota. Students are required to take the PRAXIS II content test, as well as the PRAXIS II Principles of Learning and Teaching test. The minimum score for the Praxis II PLT must be obtained for teaching licensure and varies by state.
Course Delivery Format
Coursework in the FCSE program is delivered using lectures, discussions, group work, and applied learning in field experiences, practicums, and internships.