Mar 18, 2018  
2017-2018 University Catalog 
2017-2018 University Catalog

Family and Consumer Sciences Education, BS

About the Program

Making a difference in the lives of young people is what Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Education is all about. As a family and consumer sciences educator, you can make a lifelong impact. You can help students develop the ability to become independent, to assume family and community roles, and to succeed in the workplace. Students in FCS benefit from extensive field experiences in middle and high schools.

Purdue’s FCS Education graduates are in high demand and often receive several job offers. Because the program is aligned with national standards, you will not only have met requirements for an Indiana teacher’s license, but you’ll also be prepared to teach anywhere in the United States. FCS Education is an interdisciplinary collaboration of the College of Health and Human Sciences and the College of Education.

Degree Requirements

123-128 Credits Required

Professional Education

Maintain a Professional Education GPA of 3.00/4.00 with no grade lower than a “C-” and no incompletes for any single professional education course.

Family & Consumer Sciences Education

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (21 - 26 credits)

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.

Program Requirements

16 Credits

17 Credits

15 - 17 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

16 Credits

14 Credits

16 Credits

Fall 4th Year

16 Credits

16 Credits


At least 32 credits of coursework required at 300 level or higher to meet graduation requirements.

Minimum 2.80 grade point average required to qualify for admission to teacher education and student teaching. Students must meet criteria for admission to the Teacher Education program.

Must document ServSafe Manager Certification.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

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