FCS Licensure

Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) directly addresses the needs of youth, families, and consumers. Helping to shape the future, FCS teachers impact the lives of individuals, the health of families, and the welfare of society.

This concentration is a licensure program that prepares students to teach family and consumer sciences subject matter in middle and high school classrooms. The program includes general education courses, subject matter courses, and teacher preparation courses.

Students apply for the licensure program in their junior year and participate in practicum experiences working closely with classroom teachers and students in area schools. Throughout the phases of the licensure program, teacher candidates are placed in a middle school and in a high school, where they apply professional knowledge and refine their instructional skills. While student teaching, they work closely with a FCS mentor teacher(s) and a university coach.

Teacher candidates completing the program meet the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in FCS, a Colorado Initial Teaching License in FCS, and a FCS Career and Technical Education endorsement (with appropriate work experience hours).

This concentration is accredited and approved by the Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Department of Education. Nationally, it is approved by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).

Students interested in pursuing a teaching license through CSU may also contact the School of Education and the Center for Educator Preparation (CEP).

Students who successfully complete this program will be prepared to pursue licensure in Colorado. Licensure requirements in other states and U.S. territories may differ. Students are encouraged to work with the department and the professional licensure board in the state in which they intend to pursue licensing to ensure all requirements are satisfactorily met.

Effective Fall 2023

CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
FACS 179Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences 2
FSHN 150Survey of Human Nutrition 3
HDFS 101Individual and Family Development (GT-SS3)3C3
HES 145Health and Wellness 3
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)3C3
Select one group from the following: 4-5
Group A:
Chemistry in Context (GT-SC2)3A 
Chemistry in Context Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A 
Group B:
Fundamentals of Chemistry (GT-SC2)3A 
Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A 
Arts and Humanities3B3
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion1C3
Quantitative Reasoning1B3
 Total Credits 30-31
AM 101Fashion Industries 3
DM 272Consumers in the Marketplace 3
HDFS 310Infant and Child Development in Context 3
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
Select one course from the following: 3
Visual Expression of Interior Environments (GT-AH1)3B 
Introduction-Interior Architecture Design  
ECON *** 3
Advanced Writing23
Arts and Humanities3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3
Historical Perspectives3D3
 Total Credits 30
EDUC 275Schooling in the United States (GT-SS3)3C3
EDUC 331Educational Technology and Assessment 2
EDUC 340Literacy and the Learner 3
EDUC 350Instruction I-Individualization/Management 3
EDUC 386Practicum-Instruction I 1
FACS 320Finance-Personal and Family 3
FACS 360Family and Consumer Sciences Research4B3
FACS 479Colloquium--Family and Consumer Sciences4A2
FSHN 300Food Principles and Applications 3
FSHN 301Food Principles and Applications Laboratory 2
HDFS 311Adolescent/Early Adult Development in Context 3
Family and Consumer Sciences Elective1 3
 Total Credits 31
EDCT 451Methods-Family/Consumer Sciences Education 4
EDCT 485Student Teaching4C11
EDCT 492Seminar-Professional Relations4C1
EDUC 450Instruction II-Standards and Assessment 4
EDUC 486EPracticum: Instruction II 1
HDFS 334Family and Parenthood Across the Lifespan 3
HDFS 403Families in the Legal Environment 3
Family and Consumer Sciences Elective1 1-2
 Total Credits 28-29
 Program Total Credits: 120

Select courses with subject codes AHS, AM, DM, FACS, FSHN, FTEC, HDFS, IDEA, INTD, OT, or RRM.

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
Student must seek admission to the Teacher Licensure program (see its specific requirements at chhs.colostate.edu/soe/center-for-educator-preparation for application process, GPA and other requirements).  Teacher licensure includes courses (EDUC and EDCT) that must be taken in each Phase I, II, and III concurrently and prior to the next phase.

Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
FSHN 150Survey of Human Nutrition   3
HDFS 101Individual and Family Development (GT-SS3) X3C3
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Quantitative ReasoningX 1B3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
FACS 179Introduction to Family and Consumer SciencesX  2
HES 145Health and Wellness   3
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3) X3C3
Select one group from the following:   4-5
Group A:
Chemistry in Context (GT-SC2)X 3A 
Chemistry in Context Laboratory (GT-SC1)X 3A 
Group B:
Fundamentals of Chemistry (GT-SC2)X 3A 
Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (GT-SC1)X 3A 
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion  1C3
CO 150 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15-16
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 101Fashion Industries   3
Select one course from the following:   3
Visual Expression of Interior Environments (GT-AH1)  3B 
Introduction-Interior Architecture Design    
ECON ***   3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
DM 272Consumers in the Marketplace   3
HDFS 310Infant and Child Development in Context X 3
SPCM 200Public Speaking   3
Advanced WritingX 23
Arts and Humanities  3B3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
EDUC 275Schooling in the United States (GT-SS3)X 3C3
EDUC 340Literacy and the LearnerX  3
FACS 320Finance-Personal and FamilyX  3
FACS 360Family and Consumer Sciences ResearchX 4B3
FSHN 300Food Principles and Applications X 3
FSHN 301Food Principles and Applications Laboratory X 2
 Total Credits   17
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
EDUC 331Educational Technology and AssessmentX  2
EDUC 350 (Concurrent registration with EDUC 386 required.)Instruction I-Individualization/ManagementX  3
EDUC 386Practicum-Instruction IX  1
FACS 479Colloquium--Family and Consumer SciencesX 4A2
HDFS 311Adolescent/Early Adult Development in Context   3
Family and Consumer Sciences Elective   3
HDFS 310 must be completed by the end of Semester 6.X   
 Total Credits   14
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
EDCT 451Methods-Family/Consumer Sciences EducationX  4
EDUC 450Instruction II-Standards and AssessmentX  4
EDUC 486EPracticum: Instruction IIX  1
HDFS 334Family and Parenthood Across the LifespanX  3
HDFS 403Families in the Legal EnvironmentX  3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
EDCT 485Student TeachingX 4C11
EDCT 492Seminar-Professional RelationsX 4C1
Family and Consumer Science ElectiveX  1-2
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study. X   
 Total Credits   13-14
 Program Total Credits:   120