North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
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The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) prepares students for careers that focus on improving the quality of life of individuals and families. FCS offers baccalaureate degrees in Child Development and Family Studies, Fashion Merchandising and Design, Food and Nutritional Sciences, and Consumer Sciences. FCS offers the Masters of Arts in Teaching in:  Child Development Early Education and Family Studies (BK Licensure) and Family and Consumer Sciences Education.  FCS also offers a Masters in Science in Food and Nutritional Sciences.NCA&TSU students earning the Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) are eligible to use the Abbreviated Application for Certification in Family Life Education. During their studies, CDFS students are given a broad understanding of human development across the lifespan, family systems, parent-child relations, family financial planning, human resources management, and appropriate living environments. Academic training includes multiple field experiences and internships at our 5-Star Child Development Laboratory, and other institutions comprising childcare and early childhood settings, youth-programs, family serving agencies, military installations, and faith-based organizations. Leadership skills are developed through student involvement in department-based student organizations and participation in professional conferences. Graduates of the CDFS program are employed in settings including education, family service, Cooperative Extension, religion, healthcare, special-needs, military, and other industries involved in child development and family life education.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Jane T. Walker (Interim Chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 38% Child Development Early Education and Family Studies
  • 37% Fashion Merchandisin and Design
  • 20% Food and Nutritional Science
  • 5% Consumer Sciences
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences 102 Benbow Hall, 1601 East Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27411
United States

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Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Child Development & Family Studies
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Introduction to Human Development
  • Exploring Professional Careers in CDFS
  • Contemporary Nutrition
  • Cooperative Experiences in Diverse Settings
  • Child Development: Prenatal-Middle Childhood
  • Adolescence Young Adulthood
  • Family Systems
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Family Financial Planning
  • Family Life Education
  • Foundations of Early Education and Family Studies
  • Administration of Early Care and Education Programs
  • Assessment and Evaluation of Young Children
  • Applied Research in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Practicum in Interdisciplinary Services
  • Culturally Responsive Perspectives in Children and Families
  • Professional Development and Leadership in Early Childhood
  • Applied Principles of Infant/Toddler Curricula
  • Applied Principles of Preschool/Kindergarten Curricula
  • Integrative Approach to Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Community of Practice Internship
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Graduate Program
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Advanced Applied Principles of Infant/Toddler Curricula
  • Advanced Applied Principles of Preschool Kindergarten Curricula
  • Fundamentals of Emergent Literacy
  • Individual and Family in a Contemporary Society
  • Advanced Methods and Internship in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Assessment & Evaluation Century Learners
  • Advanced Multicultural Perspectives in Child and Family
  • Graduate Seminar in Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Current Issues in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Research Design & Methodology in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Early Childhood Leadership & Professional Development
  • Curriculum and Instructional Planning in Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Principles of Design and Practice
  • Advanced Interior Design
  • Family Financial Management
  • Consumer Behavior in Fashion
  • Nutrition Education
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Child Development Early Education and Family Studies - B-K
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • Food and Nutritional Sciences
CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.

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CFLE Contact
Meeshay Williams Wheeler
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