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What is family and consumer sciences education?

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.

Career Paths

Primarily career options include:

  • Family and consumer sciences teacher (6-12) and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) adviser
  • Cooperative Extension Service county educator
  • 4-H educator 


Extensive Experience

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. 

OSU professor receives FCCLA Alumni Achievement Award


Student Perspective

Kaitlyn Kirksey

“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

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