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Oklahoma State University

Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Family and Consumer Sciences is an academic field that combines aspects of both social and natural sciences. Graduates of the OSU Family and Consumer Sciences Education program impact youth and adults in daily quality-of-life issues through classes showing the connections of nutrition, child development, parenting, resource management, interior design, apparel assembly, and related areas. Through rigorous and relevant coursework, students in the Family and Consumer Sciences program gain knowledge and skills so they are highly-qualified for the profession. Extensive field experiences throughout the four-year program provide real-world opportunities for students to apply their coursework and network with professionals. Students also develop their leadership skills through campus organizations and off-campus FCCLA and 4-H events. 


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Partial List of Specialized Courses

Principles of Human Nutrition
Nutrition Across the Lifespan
Relationship Development and Marriage
Adolescent Development
Family Resource Management
Apparel Assembly
Applications of Educational Technologies
Foundations & Philosophies of FACSED
Instructional Methods in Family and Consumer Sciences

Career Opportunities

Upon graduation from Oklahoma State University in the Family and Consumer Sciences Education program, students have several choices of where to begin their career so they can "teach tomorrow's life skills today"! The two most common careers are secondary (grades 6-12) instruction and the Cooperative Extension Service. School teachers provide comprehensive instruction in Family and Consumer Sciences content and advise the FCCLA leadership organization. Cooperative Extension Service educators offer educational programs in Family and Consumer Sciences content for youth and adults, and they guide 4-H projects. Since there are ongoing shortages of educators in Oklahoma and throughout the U.S., our graduates can choose to work in a rural, suburban, or urban setting. With continued education beyond the baccalaureate degree, professionals may advance into areas of school administration or district- and state-level leadership.