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What is family and consumer sciences education?

Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Education addresses the needs of individuals, families, and consumers by focusing on relationships, personal development, personal finance management, parenting, child development, interior and fashion design, nutrition and work and family balance.

Why family and consumer sciences education at OSU?

FACS teachers positively impact the lives of individuals, the health of families, and the welfare of society. FACS teachers are employed in middle, junior high and high schools and serve as advisers to the Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) student organization. County Extension Educators deliver FACS education in informal settings through the Cooperative Extension Service.

Career paths

Family and consumer sciences education graduates earn certification to teach public and private education as well as the Cooperative Extension Service at:


  • Middle and junior high schools
  • High schools
  • County Cooperative Extension service offices


annually awarded by the College of Education and Human Sciences


Internships and student teaching

Students complete a required professional internship that provides valuable work experience prior to graduation and exposure to different types of schools and extension offices.

Specialized coursework

Students complete core courses in apparel, personal finance, parenting, human development and nutrition.

Global learning

Students may participate in study abroad experiences to enhance their learning in the field of human development. Each summer, faculty-led study abroad experiences are available for course credit.

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