Impact the lives of individuals, health of families and welfare of communities every
day by developing broad expertise to teach critical life skills needed in relationships,
parenting, lifespan development, personal finance management, nutrition, interior
design, work and family balance and more.
Why family and consumer sciences education at OSU?
We offer the only family and consumer sciences education degree program in Oklahoma.
You will participate in multiple field experiences and a student teaching internship.
Upon degree completion, graduates are recommended to the Oklahoma State Department
of Education for full teacher certification and are prepared to take certification
exams in other states, if applicable. The high-quality reputation of our program makes
graduates highly sought after for teaching and Cooperative Extension positions in
Oklahoma and beyond.
Participate in field experiences in rural, suburban and urban schools and in county
Extension offices and complete a 15-week, 600+ hour semester-long student teaching
internship prior to graduation. These program requirements exceed state and national
standards for family and consumer sciences education programs.
State and nationally recognized family and consumer sciences educator and leader Dr.
Paula Tripp coordinates the program, teaches the pedagogy courses and provides personalized
mentoring. We also offer extensive networking opportunities with professionals across
the state and nation.
“My high school FCS teacher and FCCLA advisor was my role model, and I want
to have that type of influence on future students. At OSU, the combination of coursework
and off-campus field experiences is preparing me to teach my future students incredibly
valuable knowledge and skills. I feel I have the ability to change the trajectory
of students’ lives, and I can’t wait to do that.”
- Kaitlyn Kirksey Family and consumer sciences education student