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The family and consumer sciences education option is designed for students who wish to become licensed to teach Family and Consumer Sciences in grades 5-12.  Upon completion of the degree, students are eligible for licensure in the state of Montana.  For more information on admission to the Teacher Education Program, Student Teaching, Licensure, Professional Expectations and more, please visit: http://catalog.montana.edu/undergraduate/education-health-human-development/department-education/teacher-education-program/.

Students who select the family and consumer sciences education option, 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 follows 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. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates will be recommended 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 ( HDFS 337, HDFS 338, and HDFS 339) designations as well as a teaching minor in a second field while attending MSU to further increase their professional opportunities.  Obtaining a teaching minor will require more than eight semesters. For more information on admission to the Teacher Education Program, student teaching, licensure, professional expectations and more, please visit: http://catalog.montana.edu/undergraduate/education-health-human-development/department-education/teacher-education-program/

Additionally, completion of the family and consumer sciences education option 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 teaching option requires 122 credits.

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