Family and Consumer Sciences Education

Do you want to share your passion for enhancing the relationships among individuals, families, and communities with young people anxious to join and contribute to the world around them? The Family and Consumer Sciences Education major at the University of Central Arkansas will equip you with a broad customizable curriculum, featuring courses in family relations, textiles, life span development, home planning, resource management, community nutrition, architectural drafting, personal and family finance, food economics, interior and apparel construction, and many more. Our program also provides the pedagogical knowledge, skills, and experiences you need to become an innovative teacher, dedicated to improving individual, family, and community well-being; impacting the development, delivery, and evaluation of consumer goods and services; influencing the creation of corporate and legislative policy; and shaping societal change and future generations of capable and compassionate adults.

As a Family and Consumer Sciences Education major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages that make the UCA experience special. Just a few of the benefits our program offers include:

  • Expert Faculty who care deeply about the success of their students, both in the classroom and in the future, and work closely with them through each step of the degree and certification process. Our instructors, all of whom have been practitioners in their field and received numerous awards for their teaching methods, have cultivated a rigorous applied learning environment, including opportunities for laboratory experimentation and observational studies, field trips to local community service and consumer centers, and undergraduate research and service learning projects. They provide their students with individual attention, mentoring, and professional connections in the community.
  • Hands-On Learning through a transformative internship placement in the local school system, which provides students with the experience of managing a classroom, designing curriculum, creating lesson plans, and interacting with diverse student populations. We offer various site placements for internships and develop relationships between our students and their schools from the earliest stages of their degree, so students can begin observing and interacting with future colleagues and pupils from their first semester.
  • Professional Development through membership in student organizations, such as the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) and the Phi Upsilon Omicron International Family and Consumer Sciences Honor Society. These organizations are designed to help students transform themselves into contributing members of the professional community through: effective communication and personal interactions, leadership experience, a personal network of contacts, workshops and conferences, graduate programs, and outreach services to improve the quality of life for families in the local community, such as volunteer projects and sponsored campus events.
  • Employment Opportunities: graduates from our program are fully prepared to teach nutrition, wellness, parenting, child development, culinary arts, personal and family finance, interior design, or textiles classes at the secondary level in public and private schools throughout Arkansas and across the country. They are also qualified for a number of other positions, including as educators in business, industry, public affairs, and government agencies, like the Department of Health and Cooperative Extension Service (which houses the 4-H Program), and can even become community and technical college instructors.

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