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Family & Consumer Sciences Frequently Asked Questions

What is Family and Consumer Sciences?

Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) is the comprehensive body of skills, research, and knowledge that helps people make informed decisions about their well being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. The field encompasses many areas including human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, food science, nutrition and wellness, textiles and apparel, and consumer issues
Source: American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

What do students receive from a proper education in Family and Consumer Sciences?

Family and Consumer Sciences Education empowers individuals and families across the life span to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society. the unique focus is on families, work, and their interrelationships.
Source: New York State Department of Education

Who do I contact for more information?

For more information about the Family and Consumer Sciences program, please contact:
Marsha Iverson
Director - Family and Consumer Sciences and Business Education Programs
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Phone: (516) 463-7284
E-Mail: Marsha.W.Iverson[at]hofstra.edu

What subjects are taught by family and consumer science educators? 

At the middle school level, Family and Consumer Sciences educators teach the New York State mandated Home and Career Skills course.  School districts configure the course in various ways.  In some, it is a half-year course taught in either 7th or 8th grade.  In others, it is offered in modules for shorter periods of time.

At the high school level, Family and Consumer Sciences educators teach a wide range of courses.  Schools may choose to offer courses in Clothing and Textiles, Gourmet Foods, Food and Nutrition, Psychology, Child Development, Early Childhood Education, among others.

What New York State Certification does a graduate of the programs secure?

Graduates of the program secure Family and Consumer Sciences K-12 provisional certification from New York State. Graduates will be prepared to apply for certification in most other states as well.  While the certification is a K-12 certification, most Family and Consumer Sciences educators teach only at the middle or high school levels.

Can I continue to work while in the program?

Yes, you can continue to work either part or full -time until the semester of student teaching, the capstone course in the program. Student teaching is a full-time responsibility.  Our graduate course schedule accommodates students who are employed as most classes are offered at either 4:30-6:20 pm or 6:30-8:20 pm and only meet once each week during the fall and spring semesters.

Is there scholarship money available?

The Program Director has scholarship funds to award to full-time graduate students.  Full-time graduate students carry 9 credits in a semester.  In addition, other scholarship opportunities exist.  Full-time students also qualify for financial aid.


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