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Career and Technology Teacher Education

Area 2: Family Consumer Sciences Teacher Education (Birth-12 Certification), Bachelor of Science in Education Degree

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The Department of Career and Technology Education at UCM offers bachelor, master, and education specialist degrees. The primary purpose of the department is to provide leadership (state, regional, national, and international) by conducting research, developing curricula, and delivering pre- and in-service training for educators in the fields of agriculture, business, family and consumer sciences, technology education, and trade, technical and health services.

Areas of Concentration

Three areas of concentration are available in the Career and Technology Education major including: Business Teacher Education (9-12 Certification), Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Education (Birth-12 Certification), and Engineering and Technology Teacher Education (9-12 Certification).

Career opportunities vary including public or private school teacher, trade, industrial, or health science instructor, college-level instructor, and others. The department provides options to develop expertise and advancement in these areas.

Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Education Concentration

The Bachelor of Science in Education degree in career and technology teacher education is designed to prepare students for teaching careers in family and consumer sciences. Graduates are certified by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to teach in Missouri public schools. The program at UCM is nationally accredited and emphasizes consumer affairs, health and nutrition, child and family development, and the use of technology in all areas of the field. Graduates are able to teach family and consumer sciences to K-12 students.

Online Class Opportunities

Many courses within the Career and Technology Teacher Education major areas are offered online or as partially online hybrid courses. However, the entire degree is not available online.

Student Involvement

Professional organizations open to family and consumer sciences students include the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Association of Career and Technical Education.

Special Facilities

Students seeking this degree can enhance knowledge gained from classroom experiences through professional development opportunities, and urban education experiences available through Central Missouri's sponsorship of charter schools in the Kansas City area.


Many scholarships are offered in the Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Education area, including the Laura Baker Scholarship, Doris Houx Kirkpatrick Family and Consumer Sciences Scholarship. Elizabeth Collings Weekley Scholarship, Edna Gehlken Scholarship in Home Economics, Doris Achenbach Sensenich Scholarship in FCSE, and Rita R. Youmans Scholarship in Home Economics.

Career Services

UCM's Office of Career Services assists students seeking internships, summer and campus jobs, part-time, and full-time employment. They also provide assistance with writing cover letters and resumes and offer a career library, mock interviews, and career counseling. The office also serves representatives of business, government, industry, and education who are looking for prospective employees. Over 700 employers visit UCM each year to conduct interviews on campus. Career Services may be reached at 660-543-4985 or Visit their website at

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