Examples of Acceptable Coursework for Certification in Family and Consumer Sciences

Acceptable Family and Consumer Sciences courses address topics such as human services and family studies; food and nutrition; textiles and design; and consumer skills, resource management, and career studies. Acceptable courses include:

Please note that pedagogical courses, including content linking pedagogy courses, do not fulfill the content core coursework requirement (e.g., teaching methods in the content area). For this content area, unacceptable courses include courses that focus exclusively on sociology, counseling, accounting, and finance.

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Examples of Acceptable Courses in Human Service and Family Studies

  • Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Child Development and Parenting
  • Family Relations
  • Child Development and Psychology
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • Gerontology
  • Problems in Marriage and the Family
  • Child and Family Policies
  • Families and Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • Family Issues and Conflict Resolution
  • Theories of Lifespan Development
  • Human Ecology
  • The Family in Perspective
  • The Child in the Family
  • Parent Education

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Examples of Acceptable Courses in Food and Nutrition Studies

  • Foods and Nutrition
  • Food Science
  • Dietetics
  • Food Preparation and Nutrition
  • Global and Gourmet Foods
  • Commercial Food Program
  • Meal Planning and Meal Management
  • Experimental Food Science
  • Quantity Food Purchasing, Production, and Equipment
  • Introductory Foods
  • Nutrition in Everyday Life

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Examples of Acceptable Courses in Textiles and Design Discipline

  • Home Furnishings
  • Clothing Production
  • Textiles and Design
  • The Fashion Industry
  • Textiles
  • Apparel Science
  • Apparel Design
  • Interior Design
  • Aspects of Textiles and Clothing
  • Individual and Family Clothing Problems
  • Socio-Psychological Aspects of Dress

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Examples of Acceptable Courses in Consumer Skills, Resource Management and Career Studies Discipline

  • Personal and Family Finance
  • Family Management and Consumer Behavior
  • Consumer Resource Management
  • Family Resource Management
  • The Family and Consumer Studies
  • Housing
  • Careers in Human Services
  • Career Development
  • Career Studies
  • Entrepreneurship

In order to learn what types of courses are considered to be part of a major in Family and Consumer Sciences, you may wish to review the course catalogs of New York State colleges that have programs that lead to teacher certification in Family and Consumer Sciences.

Last Updated: October 26, 2020