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Family and Consumer Sciences Education

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.

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 program between the College of Health and Human Sciences and the College of Education. 

Career Options

  • middle or high school family and consumer sciences teacher
  • Cooperative Extension educator
  • community human service agency
  • business consultant


The option includes coursework from four of the college's departments: Human Development and Family Studies, Consumer Sciences, Nutrition Sciences, and Hospitality and Tourism Management. The plan of study integrates critical and creative thinking, communication, leadership, and management. Students can also tailor their coursework to include areas of special interest.

  • family issues
  • foods and nutrition
  • health and wellness
  • human development
  • humanities
  • personal and career development
  • professional education
  • resource management
  • social sciences
  • textiles, apparel, and design
  • See myPurdue for a complete list of HDFS courses and descriptions

Experiential Learning

  • Benefit from extensive field experiences in schools and community agencies that begin as early as your second semester.
  • Complete a full semester of student teaching in two classroom settings.
  • Learn how to select, evaluate, and manage technology applications for educational settings.