2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Nov 28, 2020  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Family and Consumer Sciences Education (B.S.)

Program Coordinator/Contact

Nicole Graves, Lecturer
Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
Wenona Hall 108

Program Information

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 and 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.

Academic Requirements

  • A grade of “C” or better is required in SPCM 101 , ENGL 101 , PSYC 101 , and MATH 102  or higher (if these courses are in your plan of study), and all courses for the major (classes with department/program prefix).
  • An overall GPA of 2.5 is required to enroll in any education courses.

Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure


National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs
South Dakota Department of Education

Certification and Licensure

  • Completion of an approved bachelor’s Secondary preparation program.
  • Completion of an approved Indian Studies course.
  • Pass the state designated content knowledge test or 2.7 GPA in content major coursework.
  • Pass the state designated pedagogy test.
  • Completion of a Suicide Awareness and Prevention training, available free online through the South Dakota Department of Education.
  • Apply online with the South Dakota Department of Education.
  • Written recommendation from institution of higher education (SDSU) verifying program completion.

Course Delivery Format

Coursework in the FCSE program is delivered using lectures, discussions, group work, and applied learning in field experiences, practicums, and internships.

Requirements for Family and Consumer Sciences Education Major: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Science in Education and Human Sciences

System General Education Requirements

College of Education and Human Sciences Requirements

Major Requirements


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120

Summary of Program Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Education and Human Sciences

System General Education Requirements 30 Credit Hours
College of Education and Human Science Requirements 4 Credits Hours
Major Requirements 84 Credit Hours
Electives** 2 Credit Hours

**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements

Academic Advising Guide Sheet

The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.