B.S. Family and Consumer Sciences Education

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Degree Type Bachelor of Science
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Delivery On Campus or Online

UW-Stout's Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences Education (FCSE) program is designed for those who desire to educate others about family diversity and vitality, resource management, home environments, textiles and apparel construction, leadership and relationships, and human development and nutrition. This high demand field offers many job opportunities, but most graduates enjoy rewarding careers instructing middle and high school students.

Program Highlights

  • Nationally and internationally recognized program
  • Teaching licensure for K-12 in the State of Wisconsin
  • Credit transfer opportunities
The Family and Consumer Sciences Education (FCSE) program is focused on families, work and their interrelationships in a diverse global society. / UW-Stout

As a part of the Family and Consumer Sciences Education program, you'll study:

  • Family strength, diversity and vitality across the lifespan
  • Personal, social and material resources that meet human needs
  • Consumer roles and responsibilities
  • Balancing personal, family and work lives
  • Home and community settings and technologies that support individuals and families
  • Policies that support individuals, families and communities

As a family and consumer science major, you'll be part of one of the largest programs in the U.S. UW-Stout graduates are known nationally and internationally for their ability and leadership.

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Family and Consumer Sciences Education Distance Delivery Option

UW-Stout has developed a distance education option to meet the needs of place-bound individuals seeking certification and a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education.  

Teacher education courses are delivered online:

  • Philosophy
  • Principles
  • Methods of instruction
  • Course construction
  • Evaluation
  • Class/lab management

Technical courses in the major/discipline area can be taken at UW-Stout or your closest technical college. 

Required general education courses can be taken online through UW-Stout or another accredited college or university.

Our online program is designed for:

  • Individuals who desire to teach but have difficulty relocating to UW-Stout to earn a degree
  • People who have been hired under an emergency license
  • Teachers seeking additional licenses.

The courses can be completed in three years. Upon completion, you will be awarded a Family and Consumer Sciences Education degree from UW-Stout.Advisement will be provided by UW-Stout program directors with the added bonus of a student services specialist.

Note: This program is designed to meet the requirements for licensure in the State of Wisconsin. Students from other states will need to contact their state regarding licensure requirements.  

Distance Delivery Costs, Application & Transfer Information

UW-Stout's distance delivery Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education has been developed to suit the needs of the working adult seeking licensure.


  •  $334 per undergraduate credit — customized instruction rate.

Financial Aid

Students who are attending another institution, but are planning to receive their degree from UW-Stout, may be eligible to receive aid from UW‐Stout. In these cases, UW‐Stout is considered the Home Institution and the other campus is considered the Visiting Institution.


To apply for the online Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education, you need to apply to UW-Stout.

Transfer Students

Note: When filling out the application form, be sure to make a note in the student comment section that you intend to apply to the "online program." 

Admission Requirements

New Freshmen

  • There are no additional requirements for new freshmen.

Transfer Students

  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher from the last institution attended.

Students who meet this requirement will be admitted to the university as a Pre-Education major. Subsequent acceptance into a teacher education major and enrollment in professional education coursework will require successful completion of Benchmark I requirements. Additional information can be found at the School of Education website.

Preparing for Family and Consumer Sciences Education

We encourage you to take college preparatory courses in English, math and science, as well as courses in family life and consumer education. These courses will provide a strong foundation for your college work. Strengthen your background by:

  • Participating in FCCLA, 4-H or other youth organizations
  • Working with children in day care centers, camps or classrooms
  • Volunteering with the elderly and diverse populations
  • Helping teachers and children as a teaching assistant, or tutoring younger students
  • Reading about what is happening to families and education in the newspaper
  • Working in food service
  • Searching the Internet for information about children, families, nutrition and consumer issues

Starting Out

You'll begin your college career by taking a mix of general education and major studies courses. Courses like English Composition, Human Biology, Physiology and Anatomy, Exploring Technology, Psychology, College Math and Speech are typical selections for beginning students. Major studies courses include Individual and Family Relationships, Nutrition for Healthy Living, Foods, Consumer Economics, Teaching Methods in FCSE, and Family Resource Management. Beginning students will take Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences Education.

Enjoying Student Life

The program allows you to be professionally involved right away as a freshman. You can participate in professional organizations including the Stout Family and Consumer Sciences Association, Student Wisconsin Education Association and student government.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the bachelor's degree program, you'll be able to be certified to teach Family and Consumer Education in grades K-12. Most graduates teach at the middle and high school levels, since the demand for teachers in this field currently exceeds the supply. Other choices include writing Family and Consumer Education textbooks, working in county or state extension positions, or serving as specialized consultants to state departments of education.

Family and consumer science teachers at the middle and high school level instruct students about:

  • Nutrition and food preparation
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Human development
  • Child care and parenting
  • Family relationships
  • Textiles and apparel construction
  • Home environments
  • Financial management
  • Consumer purchasing
  • Resource management

Typical job titles of graduates:

  • Teachers in Middle and Junior High Schools
  • School-to-Work Coordinator
  • Food Service Teacher
  • Parent Educator
  • Family Life Educator
  • Financial Consultant
  • Family Living Extension Agent
  • 4-H Youth Extension Agent
  • Textbook Writer
  • Software Developer
  • Nutrition Education Consultant
  • Family Resource Center Educator
  • Product Promotion Specialist
  • Interior Designer
  • Family Advocate
  • Entrepreneur
FCSE Advisory Board

2018 FCSE Advisory Board

  • Ann Etten, FCS Teacher, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser School
  • Afton Fischer, FCSE junior
  • Matthew Giguere, B.S. Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management faculty
  • Katelyn Hahn, Chippewa Falls High School Family and Consumer Science teacher
  • Sue Halama, retired high school Family and Consumer Science teacher and FCSE instructor
  • Mary Hopkins Best, Emeriti Dean
  • Kaya Jellison, FCSE sophomore
  • Diane Klemme, B.S. Family and Consumer Sciences Education Program Director
  • Betshaida Larson, sophomore transfer
  • Sheri Marnell, B.S. Apparel Design and Development Program Director
  • Deb Meyer, retired high school teacher and Extension educator
  • Cindy Quilling, University Supervisor
  • Diane Ryberg, FCSE DPI State Supervisor
  • Bethanne Shriner, CEHHHS (HDFS)
  • Sarah Sorenson, FCS Teacher, Eau Claire Middle School
  • Deb Wesolek, University Supervisor
  • Alyson Wilcox, FCSE senior
  • Karen Zimmerman, Emeriti Faculty CEHHHS/SOE

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