Family and Consumer Sciences Education 

Family and Consumer Sciences Education prepares students for careers working with individuals and families, as well as for competence in the work of their own families. The concept of work, whether in a family or career, is central to the program area. The program’s unique focus is on families, work, and their interrelationships. Family and Consumer Sciences Education prepares individuals for family and career.


Family and Consumer Sciences Education is founded on eight distinct core areas. The areas are

  • Consumer Education and Resource Management
  • Early Childhood Education and Services
  • Family and Interpersonal Relationships
  • Food Production and Services
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness
  • Housing, Interiors, and Design
  • Parenting Education and Human Development
  • Textiles, Apparel, and Fashion

Developmentally appropriate courses incorporate these eight core areas, as well as academic integration and workplace applications, to prepare students to successfully manage individual, family, work, and community roles. Examples of workplace applications include basic skills, thinking skills, and personal qualities. Ultimately, students prepare to enter paid employment and to advance within a career with additional training and/or education.