Child Youth and Family Studies

Family & Consumer Sciences Education Option

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The Family and Consumer Sciences Occupational (6 - 12) option is ideal for students who have a strong desire to teach and advance skillsets needed in daily life, such as human development and family studies; early childhood education; nutrition and food science; hospitality, restaurant and tourism management; textiles, merchandising and fashion design; and housing and interior design, among others. Upon completion of the program, candidates will be recommended for a secondary occupational certification in Family & Consumer Sciences education to teach grades 6-12.

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Program Features

Student Teaching

In preparation to teach in middle or high school classrooms, you can complete your student teaching in a variety of different environments throughout Nebraska, across the nation or even internationally.

Professional Mentoring

Receive professional mentoring from experts who will help you transform your passion into teaching expertise.

Student Organizations

Interact with peers who have similar interests and develop your professional network by joining one of the many student organizations on campus such as the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, UNL Aspiring Educators or Future Teachers of Color.

Notable Courses

CYAF 280 Family Science

Introduction to research and theory on family relationships and to careers working with children and families.

CYAF 297J Professional Practicum Experience I

Guided observations in schools offering programs for FCS Education.

CYAF 451/452 Teaching Principles and Curriculum

Theoretical and practical issues in the area of teaching and leaning as applied in Family and Consumer Sciences.

TMFD 206 Textiles

Fibers, yarns, fabric construction, and finishes as they affect use and care.

NUTR 131 The Science of Food

Covers general and food chemistry, nutrition, food microbiology, food safety and quality, standards that are enforced by regulatory agencies, and food processes applied to improve food quality, shelf life and safety.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • Student Teacher, Lincoln Public Schools
  • Intern, Ruth Staples Child Development Laboratory
  • Intern, Nebraska 4-H


  • Family and Consumer Science Teacher
  • Educator, Human Service Agency
  • Extension Educator
  • Curriculum Specialist

Graduate Schools

  • M.S. Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Nebraska - Online
  • M.S. Child, Youth and Family Studies, Nebraska
  • M.A. Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education, Innovative Learning Technologies, Nebraska

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Family and Consumer Sciences Occupational option within the Child, Youth and Family Studies major, contact us.

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Dijon DeLaPorte
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Director of Recruitment