Family and Consumer Sciences (B.S.) with K-12 Teaching Certification

Family and Consumer Sciences (B.S.) with K-12 Teaching Certification

School of Business, Education and Social Sciences

Department of Human Development and Family Science

Your passion for improving the lives of families – the basic building block of society-- can lead to a rewarding career in a profession that is currently in high-demand.

Passionate about the well-being of families, children, teenagers and older adults? Thinking about a career focused on making a fundamental difference in the lives of others? Then check out Messiah’s fully accredited Family and Consumer Sciences Education major.  One of only four such majors in Pennsylvania, Messiah’s program teaches you how to enhance the well-being of others by providing them with practical knowledge about everyday life issues like child development, personal decision-making, relationship skills, family resource management, nutrition, human sexuality, parenting, and more. 

You’ll delve into topics such as: infant care, child development, and even mate-selection from a cultural and family-system perspective. And beyond the classroom, this major at Messiah will also give you lots of hands-on opportunities to participate in school settings, develop curricula, and work one-on-one with our faculty. 

As a family and consumer sciences major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:

  • Take courses in human development and family science, education, food and nutrition and early childhood education.
  • Join the Messiah College Council on Family Relations (MCCFR) – a student professional organization affiliated with the National Council on Family Relations.
  • Attend professional conferences and even co-present papers with faculty.
  • Study abroad for a semester in Thailand, Greene, England, New Zealand and more!
  • Be well prepared for a career as a school counselor.
  • 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).

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The Family and Consumer Sciences Education program at Messiah College was one of the first programs to meet the newly revised academic standards for family and consumer sciences education.

Department of Human Development and Family Science
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Through a special agreement, our on-campus Early Learning Center (ELC) provides a professional setting for students to discreetly observe the interactions of children who attend the ELC.
Faculty areas of specialization include: Infant care, breastfeeding practices, families in later life, intergenerational relationships, mate selection, family science pedagogy, professional issues in family science, family life in the Bahamas, child development, social emotional development in young children, attachment related topics, family influences on adolescents' social competence, rituals and adolescents' transition to adulthood across cultures, and marriage and family therapy.
Faculty regularly publishes and presents at conferences.
Since 2004, nine scholar intern grants have been awarded to students in this department.
Study abroad in encouraged and students frequently join faculty on three-week cross-cultural courses to destinations like the Bahamas, Spain, Costa Rica, and Korea regularly publishes and presents at conferences.
Faculty values mentoring and building relationships the students, aiding their professional development.