BS Family and Consumer Sciences Education

BS in Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Are you thinking about pursuing a career in teaching? Would you want to teach life skills such as culinary arts, designing, and child development?

The family and consumer sciences (FACS) program at East Carolina University trains students to teach many different subject areas to middle and high school students. As a FACS major, you will gain experience in different areas such as human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, food science, nutrition/wellness, textiles/apparel, and consumer issues.

Students have opportunity to develop leadership skills essential to lead student organizations for middle and high school students. As there is a shortage of FACS educators throughout the state and nation, jobs in this career path are plentiful.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen may declare FACS as their major. Prior to enrolling in certain courses, students must be admitted to Upper Division in Teacher Education.

Admission to Upper Division includes completion of the following:

  • A grade of “C” (2.0) or better in the Early Experience (FACS 2123) course Passing scores on the PRAXIS Core Tests: Reading, Writing, Mathematics  or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT); or American College Testing (ACT).
  • A 2.7 or better grade point average on all work attempted at ECU
  • Documentation of computer competencies requirement
  • A minimum of “C” (2.0) on all courses required for the major
  • Satisfactory interview with  FACS faculty

Program Requirements

Required Courses

Four Year Plans

Delivery Method(s)

This program is offered in both an on-campus, Face to Face format and off-campus, on-line format.

Accreditation Information

At ECU, teacher education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).

The following information applies to all ECU programs that lead to a license to work in any level in public schools, i.e. teachers, principals, librarians, social workers, school counselors, superintendents, etc.

Upon successful completion of educator preparation program degree requirements and licensure requirements for the State of North Carolina, such as, but not limited to, testing and national assessments, candidates will be eligible for an ECU recommendation for a NC license.  However, final licensure granting decisions are the sole responsibility of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction not ECU. Candidates who graduate and seek out of state employment will have to meet the receiving state’s requirements for licensure. There is no automatic licensure reciprocity between states. ECU will verify the completion of an approved, accredited program for candidates who seek employment out of state, and those candidates will be responsible for working with the receiving state to complete any additional requirements needed to obtain the license for employment.