Family & Consumer Sciences Education BS
The purpose of this degree program is to prepare undergraduate students to be licensed by the State of Utah for teaching Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) in secondary school classrooms. To prepare students for licensure, students take classes to help them achieve mastery in content areas outlined by the Utah State Specialist in Family and Consumer Sciences including: family and human development, interpersonal relationships, finance and consumer issues, nutrition and wellness, housing and interiors, clothing and textiles, and careers.
In addition, the FACS ED major aims to contribute to the mission of BYU, which is to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life and in the balanced development of the total person (BYU Mission Statement). Additionally, the program seeks to support the AIMS of a BYU Education by preparing undergraduate students with an educational experience that is "spiritually strengthening, intellectually enlarging, and character building, leading to lifelong learning and service."
Instructional Design and Reflection
Identify and use a variety of instructional strategies and tools of inquiry in Family and Consumer Sciences to create learning experiences that encourage students' development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.
Demonstrate basic competence in the ten Utah Effective Teaching Standards established by the Department of Education of the State of Utah.
Demonstrate an understanding of the core concepts and principles associated with the Family and Consumer Sciences curricula taught in secondary classrooms (related to child development, family studies, foods and nutrition, clothing, home management, and interior design).
Evidence of Learning
- Formative and summative classroom observations and student teaching evaluations.
- Portfolios based on the Utah Effective Teaching Standards Standards.
- Teacher work samples.
- Exams (Praxis II and FCS National Exam).
- Specified writing samples.
- ORCA grants and other student publications, presentations, and awards.
- Alumni surveys.
- Senior surveys.
- Employment or admission to graduate school.
Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement
Faculty who work directly with students in the senior capstone course and with teachers in the field placements are responsible for reviewing formal and informal data about program needs. Data are also stored in mYlink, an on-line site that manages PAES scores and TWS scores for the McKay School of Education. The TWS samples are uploaded on this site and stored. In addition, Praxis scores are available upon request from the Teacher Education Department.
The FACS Ed program coordinator provides leadership for reviewing student data. The process of curriculum change and renewal culminates in September when we follow standard university procedures for submitting curriculum changes: FACS Ed faculty come to consensus about needed changes, then change forms are submitted to the school, college, and the university curriculum committee for approval.