Secondary Education Degree

For those interested in Secondary Education (grades 6-12) certification in FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCES after completing a bachelor’s degree in child and family development, fashion merchandising and apparel design, nutrition and food science, interior design, home economics, or housing and consumer economics:

Students who plan to seek teacher certification after completion of the bachelor's degrees listed above may achieve this through the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) or a non-degree certification program. To meet content requirements, the following courses must be completed as part of or in addition to your current program of study.

Credit Hours
CHFD   1131Introduction to Family Science3
CHFD   2130Family Economic Environment3
CHFD   2135Child Development3
FMAD   1234Apparel I3
FMAD   3234Textiles3
INDS   2430Design Appreciation3
NTFS   2530Nutrition and Health3
NTFS   2534Introductory Food Science3
NTFS   3536Meal Management3
Guided Electives from CHFD, FACS, FMAD, HLTH, INDS, NTFS9

The following education courses may also be taken as electives while enrolled in a bachelor’s program:

Courses that a student can take as an undergraduate that will count toward certification requirements but will not count toward MAT degree requirements are:

Education Area F “Preprofessional Block” (PPB) courses may also be taken; however the PPB courses will not count toward meeting certification requirements or MAT degree requirements. These courses can provide undergraduate students information and experiences in school settings that will help them make more informed decisions about becoming a teacher. Since the three PPB courses have USG-mandated field requirements, the following guidance should be followed:

  • BA/BS/BBA majors can take the complete 9 credit PPB block of courses with the required 50 credit field experience; OR
  • BA/BS/BBA majors can take Exploring Learning and Teaching (EDUC   2130) concurrently with PPB Practicum (EDUC   2090) (50 contact hours in a school) – total of 3 credits. After taking Exploring Learning and Teaching (EDUC   2130), those students can take one or both of the other PPB courses with approximately 10 hours of field experience with each course. These courses are:
    • Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education (EDUC   2110) (3)
    • Exploring Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Diversity in Educational Contexts (EDUC   2120) (3)

NOTE: GACE Program Admission Assessment and GACE Content Assessment examination and 2.5 cumulative GPA requirements must be met for certification program admission and should be considered during enrollment in the bachelor’s program.