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Family, Consumer and Community Education–Teacher Certification Major

The teacher certification program is offered jointly by the School of Human Ecology and the School of Education. It qualifies graduates to teach family and consumer sciences in Wisconsin's secondary schools. Graduates often teach courses in several content areas such as nutrition, personal finance, consumer education, family relationships, parenting and family, food, and society. Many also teach courses in career preparation, child care services, family and community services, and education for employment. Pre-student teaching and student teaching experiences in secondary school family and consumer sciences programs are required. Overseas student teaching and add-on certifications for teaching in occupational programs are options within the teacher certification program.

Admission to the teacher certification program in the School of Human Ecology requires a 2.5 grade point average (GPA). To complete teacher certification requirements, students must also submit paperwork for joint registration in the School of Education at the beginning of the junior year (semester in which 54 credits will be completed).

Admission requirements for joint enrollment with the School of Education include: junior standing, a 2.75 GPA in major coursework, and minimum scores on the PPST/Praxis I. Please reference the School of Education section of this catalog for more information about the PPST/Praxis I. A 2.75 GPA must be maintained in both major field and professional education courses as well as 2.5 GPA overall to receive certification. 

Professional education courses must be taken in a sequence to ensure that prerequisite courses are completed before student teaching. Interdisciplinary Studies–Human Ecology (Inter-HE) 330, 427, and 428 must be completed before student teaching, Inter-HE 430. Inter-HE 330 Practicum in Family and Consumer Education and Inter-HE 427 Methods of Teaching Family and Consumer Education are offered only in the spring semester. Inter-HE 428 Program Planning in Family and Consumer Education and Inter-HE 430 Student Teaching in Family and Consumer Education are offered only in the fall semester. This means that in the year before student teaching (Inter-HE 430), students will need to take Inter-HE 428 during the fall semester and Inter-HE 330 and 427 during the spring semester.

Teacher Certification Program Requirements


General education requirements must be met by all students whose first college matriculation date is May 20, 1996, or thereafter. Second degree students generally must meet general education requirements only once.


Math and Communication

Math 101 (unless exempt), 0–3 cr
Speech Communication (Com Arts 100,105, 181, or Life Science Communication 100), 2–3 cr

Interdisciplinary Requirement

This requirement is fulfilled by courses in the major.

Arts and Humanities, 9 credits

Literature, 3 cr
Fine Arts, 2 cr
Other Humanities, 4 cr

Social Sciences, 18–20 credits

Econ 101 Principles of Microeconomics, 4 cr
Psych 202 Intro to Psychology, 3 cr
Soc 160 Human Sexuality, 3 cr
Poli Sci 104, 205, or 404, 3–4 cr
Western History, 3–4 cr
Non Western History/Contemporary Culture, 3 cr

Biological, Natural, and Physical Sciences, 12 credits

Chem 108 General Chemistry, 5 cr
Zoology 101, Anthropology 105, or Genetics 160, 3 cr
Other course designated P, B, N, X, or Y in Course Guide, 4 cr
Recommended: Environmental Studies 120, Integrated Liberal Studies 201, 202, 3cr



Cnsr Sci 275 Consumer Finance, 3 cr
DS 221 Person and Environment Interactions, 3 cr
HDFS 362 Development of the Young Child, 3 cr
HDFS 471 Parent–Child Relations, 3 cr
Nutr Sci 132 Nutrition Today, 3 cr

Choice of 3–4 credits from the following

Food Sci 437 Food Service Operations, 3 cr and
Food Sci 438 Food Service Operations Lab, 1 cr or
Soc 222 Food Culture & Society, 3 cr

Choice of 3 credits from the following

Cnsr Sci 475 Family Economics, 3 cr,
Cnsr Sci 477 The Consumer and the Market, 3 cr

Choice of 3 credits from the following

DS 120 Design Fundamentals I, 3 cr
DS 153 Fabric & Apparel Structures, 3 cr
DS 251 Textile Science, 3 cr

Choice of 3 credits from the following

HDFS 474 Racial Ethnic Families in the U.S., 3 cr
HDFS 517 Couple Relationships, 3 cr


Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA), 6 credits

**Inter-HE/ELPA 660 Principles of Education for Work, 3 cr
**Inter-HE/ELPA 661 Organization and Administration of Education for Work Program, 3 cr
Inter-HE 660 and 661 are offered approximately every third semester. There are no prerequisites for either course and they may be taken before, simultaneously with, or after student teaching.  Because of the irregularity of the offerings, students should watch for the opportunity to take these two courses early in their program.

Curriculum and Instruction, 6 credits

Curric 305 Integrating the Teaching of Reading with Other Language Arts, 3 cr
Curric 506 Inclusive Schooling, 3 cr

Interdisciplinary Studies–Human Ecology (Inter-HE), 14-20 credits

Inter-HE 330 Practicum in Family and Consumer Education, 2 cr (spring semester)
** Inter-HE 427 Methods of Teaching Family and Consumer Education, 3 cr (spring semester)
** Inter-HE 428 Program Planning in Family & Consumer Education, 3 cr (fall semester)
Inter-HE 430 Student Teaching in Family & Consumer Education 6–12 cr (fall semester)

Educational Psychology/Counseling Psychology, 3 credits

Ed Psych 301 Human Abilities and Learning, 3 cr

Educational Policy Studies (School and Society), 3 credits

Ed Pol 300 School and Society, 3 cr
Ed Pol 412 History of Education in the U.S., 3 cr
Ed Pol 500 Social Issues, 3 cr
Ed Pol 648 Sociology of Education, 3 cr

A total of 120 credits is required for graduation.

** Denotes courses currently taught online through UW–Madison.


For detailed information, see the School of Education section in this catalog.