Pre-Secondary Education (Family & Consumer Science)College of Education and Human Sciences

What you will learn

Challenging... stimulating... rewarding... Family and Consumer Sciences Education students are prepared for a personally satisfying profession working with diverse individuals and families in an educational setting.

Students become competent in communicating ideas and helping diverse students learn and grow. Students learn to teach a wide variety of subjects, including nutrition, child development, family relationships, family financial management, critical thinking and reasoning.

Combining knowledge of education, adolescent development and teaching processes with an understanding of individual and family development and family systems, students can earn a degree and become licensed teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences for grades 7-12.

Family and Consumer Sciences Education supports the development of strong teachers for Nebraska schools. The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences prepares future teachers to plan and conduct educational programs for individuals and families. They are prepared to engage in many other forms of activities, such as supporting or supervising families in real life settings.

Professionals work as teachers in private and public schools or extension. They serve in educational or preventative roles in human service agencies, serving families and communities.

Career Opportunities

This program prepares students to meet the requirements for the Nebraska Secondary Teaching Certificate with an endorsement in Family and Consumer Sciences. Students wishing to be endorsed for Family and Consumer Sciences related occupations must complete additional course work and work experience requirements. Possible careers include Public/Private School Teacher, Educator in Business, Industry or Human Service Agencies or Extension Educator.

The NEBRASKA difference

Students have the opportunity to complete their practica/student teaching experiences in high quality schools, teaching at the junior high and high school levels. The strong advising helps students with their academic program and potential careers. The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and students can participate in nationally recognized professional organizations, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) and the National Education Association (NEA), with opportunities to attend local, state and national meetings. The faculty also collaborates closely with area schools and the Nebraska Department of Education officials to provide the most up-to-date programming for the students.

Internships / Clubs

  • American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Family Science Organization
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children