Family & Consumer Sciences

Bachelor of Science - BS

  • Comprehensive, experience-based program
  • Pennsylvania certification
  • Observation and field experience

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The program focuses on teaching behaviors, theories, and practice that enhance communication and teaching skills in the classroom including teaching-learning processes, curriculum planning, teaching strategies, self-evaluation, and laboratory work. The degree leads to certification by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to teach at the elementary and secondary (K-12) level in the area of family and consumer sciences. In addition to receiving the Pennsylvania certification, the degree also prepares a student for a variety of professional career opportunities in child care and development, adult education, and as educational specialists in industry and business.

In Marywood's Family and Consumer Science Program, you will learn varied instructional strategies which complement diverse learning styles, the latest educational technologies and their application, and how to engage students in problem-solving activities. Additionally, you will acquire the skills and experience to design developmentally appropriate learning experiences, foster creativity in the learning environment, engage students in problem-solving activities, and create an intellectually exciting learning environment.

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Accomplished Nutrition & Dietetics Faculty


Sandra Graham
Coordinator of Family and Consumer Sciences, Assistant Professor (Pro Rata)

Maureen Dunne-Touhey
Director; Dietetic Internship

Lee Harrison
Chairperson, Professor

Marywood's childcare and preschool programs provide on-campus observation and teaching opportunities for all students. The Family and Consumer Sciences Education program benefits from Marywood's commitment to provide all students with state-of-the-art technology including the Education Department's curriculum laboratory of texts, manipulative materials, and software designed for K-12 programs; a media center with interactive instructional videos, and computer labs. Additional facilities include a Food Science Laboratory, a Sensory Laboratory,Healthy Demo Classroom, and commercial quality cooking equipment.

As a teacher of family consumer sciences, you will have a direct impact on the lives of individuals, the health of families, and the welfare of society. You will help to shape the future in a very direct way. A certificate to teach family and consumer sciences in Pennsylvania specifically qualifies an individual to teach the following subject areas: Human development Child care and development Consumer education Food science and nutrition Balancing work, family, and community responsibilities Teaching is not the only professional career option with a degree in FCS. Graduates also have career opportunities in child care and development, adult education, education administration, the food service and hospitality industries, home health care, recreational and occupational therapy, and as educational specialists in industry and business.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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Major requirements for prospective teachers are:

FCS 145 A Behavorial Approach to Textiles and Housing
3
FCS 251 Family Resource Management
3
FCS 300 Early Childhood Curriculum I
3
FCS 301 Early Childhood Curriculum II
3
FCS 320 Professional Practice for FCS
3
FCS 411B Family and Consumer Sciences Methods/Vocational Education
3
FCS 450 Family Systems
3
FCS 452 Parentology
3
N D 103/L Basic and Culinary Foods with Lab
3
N D 111 Basic Nutrition
3
BIOL 107 Sexually Transmitted Diseases
3
BIOL 130 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology (Science core)
3
PSYC 211 General Psychology 3
SSCI 425 Children's Rights and Societal Responses
3

Professional Education Requirements:

EDUC 000 Field Experience
0
EDUC 005D Practicum IV Secondary/K­-12 1
EDUC 100 Introduction to Education
.5
EDUC 101 Introduction to Education
.5
PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology
3
EDUC 311* Educational Psychology
3
SPED 100
Characteristics of Students with Disabilities
3
SPED 300** Curriculum Adaptations 3
SPED 367* Behavioral and Classroom Management 3
EDUC 411A* A Effective Instruction in Secondary and K-12 Education
3
EDUC 414* Social Foundations of Education
3
EDUC 442J Student Teaching
6,6
EDUC 461* Methods, Materials & Assessment of ELL 3

*requires upper level screening
**taken with student teaching

The curriculum requirements discussed in this section are subject to change, based on guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.