Montana State University

Health & Human Development

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173540
Bozeman, MT 59717-3540

Tel: (406) 994-3242
Fax: (406) 994-2013
Location: 218 Herrick Hall

HHD Undergraduate Advising Office

Tel: (406) 994-4001
Fax: (406) 994-6314
Location: 121 Hosaeus PE Complex

Department of Health & Human Development


Family & Consumer Sciences Major - Teaching Option

Family and consumer sciences students learn to work through credit and not-for-credit education systems to empower individuals and families across the lifespan to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse, global society. The unique focus is on families, work, and their interrelationships. The curriculum at MSU is in synch with the National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers and the National Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences Students. Therefore, students choosing this option will be well qualified to seek employment in a variety of educational settings including secondary public and private schools, extension, and public and private agencies. Students completing the program successfully will qualify for a Montana teaching license in Family and Consumer Sciences grades 5-12. Students are encouraged to complete the Certified Family Life Educator and Accredited Financial Counselor designations as well as a teaching minor in a second field while attending MSU to further increase their professional opportunities.

Additionally, the family and consumer sciences major prepares undergraduate students to pursue graduate degrees in a variety of areas including family and consumer sciences, curriculum and instruction, school counseling, and adult education. Students must receive a grade of "C " or higher in all required courses as outlined in the major.

Note: The family and consumer sciences teaching option requires 128 credits. A teaching minor in family and consumer sciences is also available.


Please note: The Montana University System is presently undergoing common course numbering to ensure course transferability among Montana's campuses. Please refer to the course number equivalency tool to check equivalencies between old and new courses.

Freshman Year Credits
CHTH 205--Drugs and Society 3
FCS 138--Surv Fam Finance & Cons Iss 3
Take two of the following:
     EDEC 160--Early Child-Adol Dev 3

    FCS 101IS--Ind Fam Dev Well-Being

     FCS 261--Adult Dev & Aging 3
IDSN 101--Intro to Design 3
M 1xx--"C" or better in any 100-level or above M course 3
WRIT 101W--College Writing I 3
University Core and Electives 12
Sophomore Year Credits
EDU 202--In-School Experience 1
EDU 223--Ed Psy & Adolescent Dev 3
EDU 211D--Multicultural Education 3
FCS 218--Fashion and Textiles 3
FCS 219--Apparel Construction 3
FCS 239--Contemp Consumer Issues


FCS 271--Meas Well-Being: Am Fam


FCS 263--Relationships and Family Sys


HTH 220--Human Sexuality


NUTR 221CS--Basic Human Nutrition


NUTR 226--Food Fundamentals


NUTR 227--Food Fundamentals Lab


Junior Year Credits
EDSP 306--Exceptional Learners 3
EDSP 307--Exceptional Learners Lab 1
EDU 370--Integrating Tech into Educ 2
EDU 382--Assmtt, Curric, Instruction 3
EDU 395--Practicum: 5-12 3
FCS 337--Personal & Family Finance I 3
FCS 338--Personal & Family Finance II 3
FCS 339--Fam Financial Counseling 3
FCS 371--Research Methods 3
FCS 437--Managing Work & Family 3
FCS 460--Parenting 3
Senior Year Credits
EDU 408--Professional Issues: 5-12 2
EDU 495--Student Teaching: 5-12 12
EDU 497--Methods: Fam & Cons Sci 3
FCS 450--Curriculum Devel in FCS Ed 3
FCS 457--Family Life Education 3
FCS 464--Gend, Race, Class & Div 3
FCS 465R--Family Law & Public Pol 3
Business course elective 3
Family and Consumer Sciences Teaching Minor