B.S. Family and Consumer Sciences Education Online

Our hybrid online bachelor's degree will provide you with teacher certification or licensure in family and consumer sciences education.
Degree Type Bachelor of Science
CAREERS AND SALARY Annual Employment Report
Delivery Online or Hybrid

UW-Stout's Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences Education (FCSE) program is ideal if you're committed to living or working away from campus. Our unique distance learning program is designed for those who want to educate others about family diversity and vitality, resource management, home environments, textiles and apparel construction, leadership and relationships, and human development and nutrition.

Enhanced Online Learning

Our full-time tenured faculty have created an enhanced online learning environment with curriculum design for:

  • Individuals who desire to teach but have difficulty relocating to UW-Stout to earn a degree
  • People who have been hired under an emergency license
  • Teachers seeking additional licenses

The courses can be completed in three years. Technical courses in the major/discipline area can be taken at UW-Stout or your closest technical college. The required general education courses can be taken online through UW-Stout or another accredited college or university.


Program Overview

View program plans, credit requirements and course descriptions.


Graduates from the Family and Consumer Sciences Education(FCSE)  are entering a high-demand job market and we have a 100% job placement. The online program is ideal for working professionals and those considering a career change. Most graduates enjoy rewarding career instructing middle and high school students about:

  • Family Studies
  • Resource Management 
  • Housing & Interior Design 
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Child Development & Care
  • Textiles, Fashion & Clothing Construction 

As a family and consumer science major, you'll be part of one of the largest programs in the U.S. UW-Stout graduates are known nationally and internationally for their ability and leadership.

Program Highlights

  • Family strength, diversity and vitality across the lifespan
  • Personal, social and material resources that meet human needs
  • Consumer roles and responsibilities
  • Balancing personal, family and work lives
  • Home and community settings and technologies that support individuals and families
  • Policies that support individuals, families and communities

There is also a high demand for family and consumer science graduates in business, extension and social service agencies. Career opportunities outside the classroom include corporate wellness programming, community education, and child, family, and consumer advocacy.

Value for Your Money

Customized Instruction at UW Stout can be described as programs that are designed with the adult learner in mind. If you're comparing UW-Stout's online degree customized instruction (CI) tuition to our competitors, keep in mind:

  • Customized instruction tuition rate includes the textbook rental fee.
  • There are no additional university-based semester or technology fees.
  • Students in customized instruction programs pay the same rate of tuition regardless if Wisconsin residents, out-of-state or international participants.

There’s more to value than just tuition. UW Stout also provides:

  • Program Director – faculty with discipline expertise.
  • Student Services adviser – one point of contact, providing support to students for each program.
  • Course sequences and matrices – know what courses are offered when so you can plan ahead.
  • Courses and programs may be stackable for use in another program.
  • Courses are flexible and convenient for working professionals.

Other universities will present costs and value differently - make sure you're comparing apples to apples.

Use the Request Information form to receive a program summary and learn more about the Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education.

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Application & Transfer Information


To apply for the on-campus and online Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education, you need to apply to UW-Stout.

Financial Aid

Students who are attending another institution, but are planning to receive their degree from UW-Stout, may be eligible to receive aid from UW‐Stout. In these cases, UW‐Stout is considered the Home Institution and the other campus is considered the Visiting Institution.

Transfer Students

Note: When filling out the application form, be sure to make a note in the student comment section that you intend to apply to the "online program." 

Note: This program is designed to meet the requirements for licensure in the State of Wisconsin. If you reside outside of Wisconsin, please note that UW-Stout cannot confirm whether this program (or course) meets requirements for professional licensure in your state. Students from other states will need to contact their state regarding licensure requirements. See the following website for additional information. 

Admission Requirements

New First-Year Students

  • There are no additional requirements for new first-year students.

Transfer Students

  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher from the last institution attended.

Students who meet this requirement will be admitted to the university in their chosen Education major. Subsequent acceptance into a teacher education major and enrollment in professional education coursework will require successful completion of Benchmark I requirements. Additional information can be found at the School of Education website.

Students whose cumulative GPA is lower than the 2.75 will be reviewed and considered on a case-by-case basis for admission consideration.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the bachelor's degree program, you'll be able to be certified to teach Family and Consumer Education in grades K-12. Most graduates teach at the middle and high school levels, since the demand for teachers in this field currently exceeds the supply. Other choices include writing Family and Consumer Education textbooks, working in county or state extension positions, or serving as specialized consultants to state departments of education.

Family and consumer science teachers at the middle and high school level instruct students about:

  • Nutrition and food preparation
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Human development
  • Child care and parenting
  • Family relationships
  • Textiles and apparel construction
  • Home environments
  • Financial management
  • Consumer purchasing
  • Resource management

Typical job titles of graduates:

  • Teachers in Middle and Junior High Schools
  • School-to-Work Coordinator
  • Food Service Teacher
  • Parent Educator
  • Family Life Educator
  • Financial Consultant
  • Family Living Extension Agent
  • 4-H Youth Extension Agent
  • Textbook Writer
  • Software Developer
  • Nutrition Education Consultant
  • Family Resource Center Educator
  • Product Promotion Specialist
  • Interior Designer
  • Family Advocate
  • Entrepreneur
FCSE Advisory Board

2022-23 Advisory Board

Katelyn  Hahn Teacher Chippewa Falls Middle School Family and Consumer Science
Sue  Halama Adj Fac UW-Stout
Mary Hopkins-Best Fromer Dean for College UW-Stout
Kayla  Jellison FCSE student UW-Stout
De'Andre  Jones Alumni Student Affairs
Diane  Klemme Program Director UW-Stout
Cindy  Quilling University Supervisor UW-Stout
Diane  Ryberg FCCLA state supervisor Wisconsin Department of Public instruction 
David  Seim Faculty - Social Sciences UW-Stout
Bethanne  Shriner UW- Faculty Human Development/Family Studies - UW-Stout
Sarah  Sorenson FCS Teacher Eau Claire School District
Deb  Wesolek University Supervisor UW-Stout, Retired
Samatha  Hoyt  Dir. HR  (former admin) Menomonie School District 
Bird Michael  Health -minor PD UW-Stout
Kennedy  Halling  FCSE teacher  Eau Claire School District