B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences (8-12 Human Development and Family Studies Certification)

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Total Semester Credit Hours Required

120 semester credit hours.


58 semester credit hours.


20 semester credit hours.

General Description

The Family and Consumer Sciences Specialized Teacher Certification in Human Development and Family Studies offers the opportunity to teach only human development and family studies courses at grades 8-12 in Family and Consumer Sciences Education.

For additional information on admission to the Teacher Education Program, see the College of Professional Education in this catalog.

All undergraduate students seeking initial Texas teacher certification through Texas Woman’s University must complete the Education Minor. Students not seeking FCS teacher certification should select a new major area of study. See department website for additional information: www.twu.edu/family-sciences .

Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences (8-12 Human Development and Family Studies Certification) Program of Study

First Year
FallTCCNSemester Credit Hours
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
MATH 1013Financial and Quantitative Literacy MATH 13323
Creative Arts Core3
FS 2513Early Childhood Development TECA 13543
 Semester Credit Hours 16
Wellness/Mathematics CAO Core2
FS 1001 (Recommend to take 1st or 2nd semester.)Seminar in Family Sciences1
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
Social/Behavioral Science Core3
FS 2003 or 3523 (Care & Education of Children: GP)Diversity in Contemporary Families: A Global Perspective3
 Semester Credit Hours 17
Second Year
Multicultural Women's Studies CAO Core3
Language, Philosophy, and Culture Core3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Life/Physical Science Core3
CSCI 3002Advanced Computing Technology2
 Semester Credit Hours 17
GOV 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
Life/Physical Science Core3
NFS 2343Nutritional Management for the Family And Child3
FS 3513 (Required for Teacher Certification.)Childhood and Adolescence3
FS 3633Older Persons and the Family3
 Semester Credit Hours 15
Third Year
FS 3723 (Required for Teacher Certification. Satisfies oral communication proficiency for TEA purposes.)Field Experience in Family and Consumer Sciences Occupations3
FS 4103 or 4803 (Public Policy: FS Perspective)Issues and Trends in Family Sciences3
FS 4523Family Development3
FS 4533Communication and the Family3
EDUC 2003Schools and Society EDUC 13013
 Semester Credit Hours 15
EDSP 4203Learners with Exceptionalities EDUC 23013
READ 3013Literacy and Learning across the Curriculum3
FS 4543Developmental Sexuality3
FS 4583Parenting Issues and Education3
EDUC 3003Learning Theory and Development3
 Semester Credit Hours 17
Fourth Year
FS 4603Occupational Issues in Family Sciences3
FS 4703 (Required for Teacher Certification.)Methods of Teaching in Family And Consumer Sciences3
FS 4773Family Resource Management3
EDUC 3482Teaching Diverse Learners Through Technology Integration2
EDUC 4113Design and Implementation of Instruction and Assessment3
EDUC 4243Classroom Environment and Management3
 Semester Credit Hours 17
EDUC 4106Student Teaching: Family and Consumer Sciences6
 Semester Credit Hours 6
 Total Semester Credit Hours:  120

Recommended Electives List

FS 1603Child in the Family and Community3
FS 2503Development of Infants and Toddlers3
FS 2563Childhood Guidance3
FS 3403Concept Development in Early Childhood Programs3
FS 3563Creative Arts and Literature for Young Children3
FS 3713Family Housing3
FS 4103Issues and Trends in Family Sciences3
FS 4713Family Economics3
FS 4733Family Financial Planning3

(GP) courses satisfy global perspectives graduation requirement.

Requirements for Certification:

1.  Admission to Teacher Education requires:

  • GPA 2.75 (minimum)
  • TASP/THEA minimum scores (Reading = 260; Math = 240; Writing = 240) OR Accuplacer minimum scores (Reading = 80; Math = 65; Writing-Sentence = 82; Writing-Essay = 6)
  • TExES - Pedagogy & Professional Responsibility minimum score of 240 and AAFCS - Texas Teacher Certification Version – Family & Consumer Sciences Composite Examination.
  • Demonstration of Oral Communication Proficiency

2.  Teacher certification candidates must pass a basic literacy (TASP/THEA OR Accuplacer) test, the TExES test in Secondary Pedagogy and Professional Responsibility, and the AAFCS/CFC – Texas Teacher Certification Version - for the content field in which the candidate intends to teach.  A successful passing score on the AAFCS/TX Content Examination leads to the Certified Family and Consumer Sciences credential.

3.  No grade below a C will be accepted for course work completed in major or minor.

4.  Successful completion of student teaching is a requirement for Family and Consumer Science majors.

Certified Family Life Educator

FS 1513Human Development (CFLE elective)3
FS 2003Diversity in Contemporary Families: A Global Perspective3
FS 3613Crisis in the American Family (CFLE elective)3
FS 3733Family Life and Consumer Education (CFLE elective)3
FS 4103Issues and Trends in Family Sciences3
FS 4523Family Development3
FS 4533Communication and the Family3
FS 4543Developmental Sexuality3
FS 4583Parenting Issues and Education3
FS 4603Occupational Issues in Family Sciences3
FS 4773Family Resource Management3
FS 4943Practicum in Family Sciences II3

The B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences has been approved by the National Council on Family Relations as meeting the Standards and Criteria required for the Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation.  Above courses must be completed in order to qualify for the abbreviated CFLE application process.