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Family and Consumer Sciences

School of Health Sciences and Wellness Family and Consumer Sciences Degree

Graduate Teaching Certification, Major, Undergrad Teaching Certification

Help youth and families Flourish in their communities

The family and consumer sciences (FCS) program at UW-Stevens Point is one of the largest offered in the country. Our program, which is approved by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) and provides coursework that meets the standards required for graduates to obtain the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) designation, offers two options: 

  • Child Life and Family Studies: Be nationally certified to work with families in a variety of environments, agencies and programs. Child life and family studies graduates are often employed in community-based education, childcare settings, adoption agencies, family crisis centers and eldercare programs. Completion of 10 specific courses fulfills the academic requirements on the path to becoming a  child life specialist. 
  • Certified Teacher Education: Be certified to teach family and consumer sciences in elementary and secondary schools and technical institutions or community colleges. 
Family and Consumer Sciences

Why study Family and Consumer Sciences at UW-Stevens Point?

As part of your training you have the opportunity to put your skills to use working side-by-side with professionals such as student teaching in an FCS classroom or interning at foster care agencies, YMCAs or Boys and Girls Clubs in positions that often lead to jobs after graduation. In preparation for a diverse and global world, students are also encouraged to participate in one of our diversity immersion service learning programs. Past programs included projects in Romania, China, Puerto Rico and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation in South Dakota. 
Child Life

Option: Child Life and Family Studies

Child life and family studies students at UW-Stevens Point are nationally certified to work with families in a variety of settings, agencies and programs. Graduates take positions working in childcare, youth centers, adoption agencies, family crisis and elder care programs. Additionally, the Child Life Specialist Preparation Certificate leads to an occupation in which child life specialists provide evidence-based, developmentally appropriate interventions including therapeutic play, preparation and education that reduce fear, anxiety, and pain for children and youth.
Family and Consumer Sciences

Option: FCS Teacher Education

Become certified to teach family and consumer sciences in elementary and secondary schools and technical institutions or community colleges through the family and consumer sciences-teacher education program at UW-Stevens Point. As part of your training you have the opportunity to put your skills to use working side-by-side with professionals such as student teaching in an FCS classroom.
Insights of Interns
Family and Consumer Sciences – Child Life and Family Studies

Insights of Interns

Jessica Lange

Jessica Lange interned with the UWSP Academic and Career Advising Center as an academic peer adviser where she led group meetings for first-year students on topics including campus resources, the registration process, and major and career exploration.
Hired Before Graduation
Family and Consumer Sciences-Teacher Education

Hired Before Graduation

Sadie Hooker ’21

Sadie Hooker ’21 was hired before graduation with the Bangor School District as a family and consumer sciences teacher.
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Alumni Map

Where are they now?

UW-Stevens Point alumni live and work all over the world—so if you’re looking for networking opportunities close to a new home or contact info for fellow Pointer in another city, you’re in luck. Looking for a fellow Pointer near you or want to add your pin? Start with our map.
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What to Expect? 

As a family and consumer sciences major, you’ll take courses in areas such as human development, sociology, and communication where you’ll learn about issues that influence individuals, families, and communities. Your learning experiences will cover topics as basic as food, shelter, and clothing, and as complex as child development, consumer economics, and family relationships and equips you for a variety of  career options such as: 

An undergraduate degree in family and consumer sciences also prepares you to complete a  graduate-level teaching licensure program  or pursue a master’s degree in fields such as: 

  • community and organizational leadership 
  • guidance and counseling 
  • marriage and family therapy 
  • social work 
  • student affairs 

Get Involved on Campus

Recognized nationwide, our student organizations present at conferences from Wisconsin Dells to San Diego. Students network with professionals and stay up-to-date on contemporary issues in the field.

Meet Your Faculty and Staff

The faculty and staff members  of the School of Health Sciences and Wellness are committed to developing professionals who study, promote and model lifelong wellness for individuals, families and communities, building a stronger, healthier community. 
Cuiting Li

Cuiting Li

  • Program Director – Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Professor – Family and Consumer Sciences
715-346-4082
Susan Turgeson

Susan Turgeson

  • Associate Professor – Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Coordinator – Family and Consumer Sciences Education Program (Undergraduate and Graduate)
715-346-2263
Sterling Wall

Sterling Wall

  • Professor – Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Coordinator – Child Life Specialist Program
715-346-4653
Becky Konietzki

Becky Konietzki

  • Academic and Career Adviser – School of Health Sciences and Wellness
  • Instructor – Student Success in Health and Wellness
715-346-3233​
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DPI Accreditation

UW-Stevens Point’s teacher education programs are accredited by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.