Family and Consumer Sciences

Family and Consumer Sciences

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers three degree options; two bachelor degrees and one associate.

Plans of Study
Associate of Science, Child Development
Bachelor of Science, Child Development
Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education

Mission
The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences educational ensures that the students will receive a high quality education through program options that are effective and efficient in the twenty-first century. The mission of the Department is to (1) educate students for a dual role including balancing successful family living and preparation for the professional world, (2) to improve rural and urban life so that it will be rewarding and satisfying by extending service through Family and Consumer Sciences, (3) to develop interest in the important scope and needs of research in Family and Consumer Sciences.

Description
The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is located in Agriculture Complex room 309. The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences has a Demonstration Teaching Laboratory and an Early Childhood Laboratory for children birth to 12 years.

The Early Childhood Laboratory is used for developing skills in working with children and their families. Students majoring in Child Development and Early Childhood Education can observe the teaching and learning process in its natural setting and study the organization of the school and classroom. Students are provided with opportunities to interact positively with children and identify characteristics of a successful teacher and the acceptable mode of personal and professional behavior.

Additionally, parents receive information related to child development, learning theories, nutrition and health needs. Parents are also provided demonstrations on the use of instructional materials and activities to meet the needs of young children though parents education, workshops/seminars, home instructional packets, personalized instruction sessions, basic skills achievement goals checklist and individual education plan for identified students.

Faculty
Dr. Evia L. Davis, Chairperson/Associate Professor
Mrs. Donna Foster, Instructor
Mrs. Shadonna Watkins, Assistant Professor

Assessment of Student Learning

The assessment of student learning consists of three components at each Level.

Bachelor Degree level

  1. Comprehensive exit exam (FCSAT) – The test consists of student’s mastery of knowledge of basic principles and theories that are related to the degree options in Family & Consumer Sciences. Graduating seniors are required to take an exit assessment in their area of specialization (FCSAT).
  2. Key Assessment Evaluations in core courses
  3. Outcomes – Are reviewed with faculty and are incorporated into the annual department course reviews for curriculum development, program planning and improvements. Student appraisal of faculty teaching effectiveness is conducted at the end of each semester.

Associate Degree level

  1. Reflective Essay – Students enrolled in the practicum course are required to complete this assessment prior to graduation.
  2. Key Assessment Evaluations in core courses
  3. Outcomes – Are reviewed with faculty and are incorporated into the annual department course reviews for curriculum development, program planning and improvements. Student appraisal of faculty teaching effectiveness is conducted at the end of each semester.

Careers Serving Families and Consumers

Child Development/Early Childhood Education

Child Development and Early Childhood Education provide a variety of career path opportunities. The chosen career path depends on the area of specialization (Child Development/Early Childhood Education) and the level of education. To teach in a public school system, Early Childhood Education majors must meet the state certification requirements. Certification is not always required to teach in private or parochial school.

In choosing a career working with children and families individuals must enjoy interacting with people and a wide range of ages and be able to communicate effectively with parents and provide information on how children learn and develop. Individuals must also posses self-discipline, patience, firmness, resourcefulness, a sense of humor, competency in classroom management and a fun loving, positive attitude. Teachers must be physically, emotionally and mentally able to learn daily and interact with children and their families. Individuals spend a lot of time walking, kneeling, standing, sitting and moving about the room.

Early Childhood Lab

The Center is licensed by the Oklahoma State Department of Human Services and is a 3-Star facility accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We are sure that this is a year of “fun-filled” excitement and learning available through our services for your child. Let us work together to ensure a successful experience here at the center for your precious little one(s).

We are always available for any concerns or encouragement. Please familiarize yourself with this booklet’s content. Always keep it in a convenient location.

Parent Handbook
Early Childhood Laboratory Application

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