Nicole A. Graves, Assistant Professor
Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
Wenona Hall 102
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, (human development, family studies, consumer affairs, apparel, housing, nutrition, hospitality, and personal finance) 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 career and technical 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.
- A grade of “C” or better is required in SPCM 101 , ENGL 101 , PSYC 101 , and MATH 103 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, collaborative group work, inquiry-based projects, and applied learning in field experiences, practicums, and internships.