Family and Consumer Sciences at Messiah College
Your enthusiasm for teaching healthy relationships and essential life skills can lead to a rewarding career in a profession that is currently in high-demand.
Passionate about the well-being of children, teenagers and their families? Thinking about a career focused on equipping young people with critical life skills which will enhance their professional and personal lives? Then check out Messiah College’s fully accredited family and consumer sciences education major. One of only two such majors in Pennsylvania, Messiah’s program equips you with a K-12 teaching certification that enables you to teach courses in child development, family dynamics, foods and nutrition and more.
Family and consumer sciences education major distinctives
As a family and consumer sciences major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:
- Actively engage in learning about human development and family science, education, food and nutrition, resource management and early childhood education.
- Attend professional conferences and even co-present papers with faculty.
- Join the Messiah College Council on Family Relations (MCCFR) – a student professional organization affiliated with the National Council on Family Relations.
- Become actively involved in the Pennsylvania Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (PAFCS), a state branch of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).
- Discover the connections of Family and Consumer Sciences and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)- it is a national career and Technical Student Organization.
- Study abroad for a semester—or go on a three week cross-cultural trip.
- Be well prepared to pursue graduate school for school counseling, higher education and more.
- Develop an independent study program in an area of family science that particularly interests you.
- Network with others at a department retreat, alumni career panel or (as appropriate) through the "Men of Human Development and Family Science (HDFS)" group.
- Become an Open House Diplomat and share information and your enthusiasm about the department with prospective students.
- Earn a Smith Scholar Internship, which allows qualified students to work in apprentice relationships with faculty members.
- Learn about children by observing at the campus Early Learning Center (ELC).
Career options for family and consumer sciences education majors
As a graduate of the family and consumer sciences education program, students are equipped to secure positions such as:
- Family and Consumer Sciences teacher
- Case manager
- Parent mentors
- Youth counselors
- Early intervention teacher
- Pre-school teacher
For more information on career planning for the family and consumer sciences education program, visit the Messiah College Career and Professional Development Center.
Internship and teaching opportunities for family and consumer sciences education majors
Family and Consumer Sciences Education majors engage in multiple experiential learning opportunities. A few examples include:
- Students experience in-school placement during the sophomore, junior and senior years. Students gain exposure to both urban and suburban schools, as well as middle and high school contexts.
- Seniors participate in a 12-week student teaching experience.
- Students observe children and design curriculum for early childhood in the Messiah College Early Learning Center (ELC).
- Students design and implement instructional plans for the Family and Consumer Sciences classroom.
- Students interact with various populations of people and agencies through service-learning course requirements.
As a result of this program, you will be prepared to teach students basic skills for independent living. You’ll take advantage of leadership opportunities in all four areas of Family and Consumer Sciences instruction: financial and resource management; balancing family, work and community responsibility; food science and nutrition; and child development. You may even attend professional conferences, co-present papers with faculty or study abroad for a semester.
Hands-on learning opportunities
And beyond the classroom, the Family and Consumer Sciences major at Messiah will also give you many hands-on opportunities to participate in school settings, develop curricula and work one-on-one with our faculty. Family and Consumer Science is a hands-on discipline at its core. Many courses will require hands-on projects and applications to real life beyond the classroom setting. You can also join the Pennsylvania Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, our state professional organization as well as Messiah College Council on Family Relations (MCCFR) – a student professional organization affiliated with the National Council on Family Relations.