Family and Consumer Sciences Education


The field needs you.The demand for new family and consumer sciences teachers is expected to be four times greater over the next 10 years than the number currently available.The Nicholls vocational family and consumer sciences education program prepares students for teaching positions in middle and senior high schools and informal educational settings, such as businesses, youth groups, extension and community programs.

The curriculum combines general education courses with specialized courses in:

  • education,
  • nutrition,
  • family studies,
  • child development,
  • clothing and
  • housing.

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Students must complete one semester of student teaching. Each student teacher is assigned to a vocational family and consumer sciences teacher who meets state and university requirements, is active in professional organizations, sponsors an active Family, Career and Community Leaders of America program and enjoys working with students.

Students must complete requirements, including passage of necessary Praxis exams, prior to student teaching. View Praxis Information and Student Teaching Enrollment Process for details.

*For the most current program curriculum visit the course catalog and access the curriculum check sheets for the current year.


Q. Will I be teacher certified immediately after graduation?
Not immediately after graduation. After the appropriate paperwork is completed and sent in to the Louisiana State Board of Education, a temporary teaching certificate is issued, pending the Louisiana Assistance and Assessment Program. After the graduate has passed state assessment, teacher certification will be issued.

Q. What grades and subject matter can I teach with this degree?
You will be certified to teach family and consumer sciences in secondary school systems (grades 6 -12).

Q. Are there other jobs that I will be qualified for with a vocational family and consumer sciences education degree?
Sure! Education majors who have earned a degree are qualified for many professional jobs involving the training/education of workers/clients in other jobs besides secondary education. FCED majors are also recruited by the LSU Agricultural Center’s Extension Service to conduct programs for 4-H youth and adults in all Louisiana parishes.

Q. How long does it take to complete the degree program?
The length of time needed to complete the degree program depends on the number of hours a student completes each semester. The program requires the completion of 120 credit hours. The majority of coursework is in family and consumer sciences and education courses. If a student earns 15 hours of coursework each semester, the degree program can be completed in four years.

Q: Can I teach in other subject areas in secondary schools?
To teach in other subject areas in secondary schools, a student would have to earn a minor in another discipline (ex: science, English, math, etc). Also, BESE currently allows students who have earned a degree in one curriculum to take Praxis II in another curriculum. If the student passes Praxis II in that subject, they are considered qualified to teach that subject also.

Q: Do I have to take the Praxis exam to complete this degree?
Yes, you have to pass Praxis I and II exams to complete this degree program. As an alternative to taking PRAXIS I PPST exam, prospective teachers in Louisiana may use an ACT score of 22 or a SAT combined verbal and math score of 1030, effective Sept. 1, 2006. More information on Praxis.

Careers – FCED

Nicholls graduates in vocational family and consumer sciences education accept teaching positions in secondary public and private schools and start successful careers in business, industry, cooperative extension and government.

A national study has identified Louisiana as one of 13 states with the largest disparity between supply and demand of family and consumer sciences teachers and extension educators. By completing additional hours of coursework, students desiring employment with younger children can add a nursery school authorization to their teaching certificate.

Program Advisor:

Dr. Mary Junot
Associate Professor of Education
243 Polk Hall
Phone: 985.448.4733