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A Degree in Family and Consumer Science

Family and Consumer Sciences Education (6-12)


Do you have a passion for educating others about family living, consumer economics, foods and nutrition, clothing and textiles, child development, and parenting? If yes, consider an endorsement in family and consumer sciences. These things are important to pass on to the next generation for quality living in the home and in the public. Skills needed include leadership and working with other people, creativity, flexibility, patience, and good communication. If you possess these, you’ll be a good candidate for an FCS career. Another career option for family and consumer science majors is an extension educator, a person who plans, conducts, and evaluates educational programs of FCS as well as 4-H. Get an endorsement in family and consumer sciences from Wayne State College, and you’ll be prepared for a variety of educational careers in this field.

Note: If you choose the family and consumer sciences field endorsement, you are not required to choose any other endorsements to receive your B.A. or B.S.

Sample Program of Study




99.8% of WSC grads are employed or in grad school

Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey

Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A., B.S.
If you choose the family and consumer sciences occupational field endorsement, you are not required to choose any other endorsements to receive your B.A. or B.S.

Hours required:
For field endorsement: 51
Education core classes: 33
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)

Popular pairings: Coaching (7-12), English as a Second Language (PK-12)

Schools: Business and Technology, Education and Counseling

Departments: Technology and Applied Science, Educational Foundations and Leadership

Accreditation: Council of Accreditation for Educator Preparation (CAEP), Nebraska Department of Education


Nationally Ranked Programs

Wayne State is nationally ranked and recognized for academic excellence, incredible value, successful graduates, and innovative learning.

Top Ranked Human Development and Family Studies College, 2019 - College Factual

No. 1 in Nebraska, Top 1% in the U.S.

Top Ranked Human Development and Family Studies College, 2019

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Best College for K-12 Education, 2018 - Schools.com

No. 1 in Nebraska; No. 9 in the U.S.

Best College for K-12 Education, 2018


Most Focused Education Degrees 2019 - College Factual

No. 15 in the U.S.; Top 5%

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Scholarships and Aid

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year.  Learn more about scholarships and financial aid for your degree to teach family and consumer sciences.

Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.


Skills Learned

  • Clothing construction and textiles
  • Meal management and nutrition
  • Food preparation and baking
  • Housing development and design
  • Family and personal relationships
  • Family resource management
  • Consumer economics
  • Parenting and family relationships
  • Introductory fashion design
  • Household technology and safety
  • Teaching and instruction
  • Classroom management
  • Program administration and management
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Leadership and organization
  • Time management



Possible Careers

  • Family and consumer science teacher
  • Child life specialist
  • Parent educator
  • Family life educator
  • Nutrition consultant
  • School cafeteria worker
  • Extension program manager
  • Consumer services representative
  • Continuing education instructor
  • Academic advisor
  • Social worker
  • Nutrition and wellness coordinator
  • Hospitality service worker
  • Consumer studies researcher



  • Middle schools
  • High schools
  • Vocational schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Businesses and corporations
  • Extension offices
  • Family service agencies
  • Social services
  • Government agencies
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Career training offices
  • Hospitality centers


Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 87% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, internships, and more.

WSC Service Learning


Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester. 

Competitions and awards


  • Northeast Nebraska Teacher Academy (NENTA) - Develop your classroom skills and get paid at the same time.
  • Competitions – Earn national recognition and prizes for your skills and accomplishments when you compete in FCCLA STAR Events, and have the chance to judge district competitions in the FCCLA organization.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors

Clinical Practice

Before you graduate with your degree to teach family and consumer sciences, you will complete a semester of clinical practice in a school district chosen with the help of your advisor. During this semester, you will work closely with an experienced teacher to gain classroom experience. Internships are not required as part of this program; however, Career Services is available to help you find employment opportunities.

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