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Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Educational Foundations is comprised of the following undergraduate program areas:

View the online Undergraduate Course Catalog:

Child and Family Studies Program

The Child and Family Studies program options and degree areas are designed to prepare teachers and other professionals through general and specialized coursework. The coursework requirements for each major are listed in the respective sections of the undergraduate catalog and include coursework in Education (EDUC), Child and Family Studies (CFS), and/or related areas of study. Candidates interested in pursuing a degree in the area of Child and Family Studies should contact the Department of Educational Foundations for additional information. A master's degree emphasis in Child and Family Studies is also offered.

See the Child and Family Studies Program information in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in General Family and Consumer Sciences

The goal of Family and Consumer Sciences is to prepare individuals for family life, work life and careers in Family and Consumer Sciences by providing opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, attributes and behaviors needed in a diverse global society. Our unique focus is on families, work and their interrelationships. The program intends:

  1. To empower the Family and Consumer Sciences practitioner to make unique contributions to diverse and ever evolving educational, community, and business contexts.
  2. To produce Family and Consumer Sciences graduates who will be proficient in the delivery of their subject areas and in subject matter knowledge, as well as those research strategies, which can be used to evaluate curriculum effectiveness.

The Bachelor degree in General Family and Consumer Sciences is designed to proved a strong generalist background in all the content areas included in FCS: Child Development, Family Relations, Clothing and Textiles, Nutrition and Foods, Housing/Interior Design, Consumer Economics, and Management. This degree offers a broad-based curriculum to prepare candidates for a variety of employment settings and non-paid work. FCS is a unique profession whose vision "empowers individuals and families across the lifespan to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society."

Summary of Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree in General Family and Consumer Sciences

Required Courses
Required courses must be taken in the recommended sequence. The candidate must work closely with a Family and Consumer Sciences advisor as early as possible in the program.
For a list of the Required Courses, Family and Consumer Sciences Coursework and Recommended Electives, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.

Minor Coursework

Majors in General Family and Consumer Sciences must have a minor outside the Family and Consumer Sciences program area. The candidate must work closely with a Family and Consumer Sciences advisor concerning selection of this minor. Once the minor is determined, candidates should be advised within the department of the minor emphasis.

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Secondary Single Subject Major in Family and Consumer Sciences Education

The Family and Consumer Sciences Education major is designed to prepare beginning teachers with a strong background in all areas of Family and Consumer Sciences. In addition to the required major coursework, candidates must also complete the occupational teacher preparation coursework. Candidates must also have accumulated two (2) years (4,000 clock hours) of related work experience or shall have completed an approved practicum in their field of specialization.

It is recommended that a candidate complete the Family and Consumer Sciences Education major and a supporting teaching minor such as Consumer Economics, or Health Education.

Summary of Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education with a Major in Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Required Courses
Required courses must be taken in the recommended sequence. The candidate must work closely with a Family and Consumer Sciences Education advisor as early as possible in the program.

For a list of the Required courses and coursework for the Secondary Education Single Subject Major in Family and Consumer Sciences, please see the Undergraduate Catalog courses. For more information about the degree, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.

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Minor in Consumer Economics

Candidates receiving degrees in majors other than Family and Consumer Sciences may satisfy the requirements for a minor in Consumer Economics. Candidates interested in this major should consult a Family and Consumer Sciences advisor.

For a list of the Required courses and electives, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.

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Elementary Education

The emerging elementary education professional is expected to:

  1. Select general education goal courses that support the cognitive knowledge and skill requirements of an elementary teacher, including a study of the state's history.
  2. Have subject matter depth in social studies, language arts, science, or mathematics. He/she must utilize this knowledge in specific applications and assessments within the educational methods curriculum.
  3. Be aware of the theories related to cognitive and physical child development, classroom management and motivation, lesson planning, delivery, technology classroom integration and assessment.
  4. Participate in diverse early and extended field experiences, where their actual lesson planning, delivery, and assessment can be externally evaluated.

Summary of Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education

  1. Completion of the general education requirements of the University
  2. Completion of one emphasis area (English, Mathematics, Science, or History) chosen from the fields listed under Elementary Education Emphasis Areas
  3. Completion of the Professional Education Core and the Required Elementary Education Courses listed in the Undergraduate Catalog

For a list of the Required Goal courses, the Professional Education Core and Elementary Education Required courses, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.

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Elementary Emphasis Areas

Please click on emphasis area for required courses and other Undergraduate Catalog information:

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Secondary Teacher Education

Summary of Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education

  1. Completion of general university requirements.
  2. Completion of a subject teaching major of at least 30 semester credit hours as recommended by the subject department and approved by the College of Education, and completion of a subject teaching minor of at least 20 semester credit hours as recommended by the subject department and approved by the College of Education, OR completion of a single subject teaching major of at least 45 semester credit hours as recommended by the subject department and approved by the College of Education.
  3. Completion of the Professional Education Core and the Required Secondary Education Course, listed in the Undergraduate Catalog.

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Secondary Education Teaching Majors and Minors

The Secondary Education program aligns with the College of Education Core Standards of Teacher Education and the Conceptual Framework. In addition, the program graduates teachers who exemplify the following guiding principles. The Secondary Educator:

  1. Is a content area expert able to represent subject matter in multiple ways to ensure depth of student understanding.
  2. Ensures curriculum alignment with state and national student achievement standards.
  3. Uses all appropriate tools and techniques of teaching to guide and assess student learning.
  4. Provides consistent opportunities for all students to learn and adapts instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners.
  5. Fosters family and community relationships that promote student learning.

The following are the Secondary Education Teaching Majors (as listed in the Undergraduate Catalog):

Biological Sciences
Business Education
Chemistry
Communication and Rhetorical Studies
Economics
English
French

Geology
German
Health Education
History
Mathematics
Physical Education

Physics
Political Science
Social Studies *
Sociology
Spanish
Theatre

* Must be accompanied by a minor in Political Science, Economics, or History to meet state certificate requirements.

The following are the Secondary Education Teaching Minors (as listed in the Undergraduate Catalog):

Biological Sciences
Chemistry
Communication and Rhetorical Studies
Consumer Economics
Economics
English
English as a Second Language

French
Geology
German
Health Education
History
Mass Communication
Mathematics

Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Russian
Social Studies
Sociology
Spanish
Theatre

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Single Subject Teaching Majors

The following are Single Subject Teaching Majors (as listed in the Undergraduate Catalog):

Art
Biological Sciences
Business Education
Chemistry
Communication and Rhetorical Studies
English
Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Geology
Health Education
Mathematics
Physcial Education
Theatre

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