May 19, 2022  
2021-2022 University of Wyoming Catalog 
2021-2022 University of Wyoming Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HDFS Career Track for Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Certification

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A career track, leading to certification/ licensure to teach Family and Consumer Sciences in secondary schools, is available for majors in the Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) concentration. This program is made possible through a partnership agreement with UW Family and Consumer Sciences, Colorado State University (CSU) Family and Consumer Sciences program and the CSU Center for Educator Preparation. While meeting the requirements for the HDFS concentration, students will use electives to obtain expertise in other FCS specializations needed to teach adolescents in Wyoming and other state secondary programs. As a senior, students will then take the remaining courses needed to meet Wyoming and Colorado certification/ licensure requirements at CSU in Ft. Collins. In their last semester, Wyoming students may complete their student teaching requirements in Southern Wyoming FCS school classrooms with supervision by an FCS teacher educator. Students obtain expertise in areas needed to teach Family and Consumer Sciences in Wyoming and other state secondary school programs. Concurrent enrollment semesters will be required. By participating in this partnership, students earn dual bachelor’s degrees-one from UW and one from CSU. Students must earn a minimum of 154 credit hours between the two programs (minimum of 120 at UW and a minimum of 34 at CSU) in order to be awarded a degree from each institution. In addition, students meet the requirements to apply for certification/licensure in Wyoming and in Colorado. Both licenses are reciprocal in many other states.

Upon declaring this career track, students must satisfactorily complete a mandatory security screen (background check). Advising will provide careful attention to the uniqueness of individual student situations and academic choices.

Students must meet all entry requirements at UW and CSU. Students in the CSU licensure program are required to earn a C or above in all content courses and teacher licensing courses, and a passing score on the appropriate licensing exam. Therefore, a C or above must be earned in all courses and an overall 2.750 GPA to be transferred to CSU to fulfill their program requirements.

University Studies Program Requirements

Students must complete the following USP requirements that are not incorporated into the requirements for this concentration:

  •          First Year Seminar (3 Credits)

Required Courses

Teacher Certification Option

Three additional semesters are required for completion of this teacher certification option. The first semester after completing UW oncampus coursework will require concurrent enrollment at UW and CSU. Required UW course FCSC 4117  (online - 3 credit hours) will be taken while enrolled at CSU to preserve WEU eligibility. Four additional credit hours must be transferred to UW from the second and third semesters’ coursework at CSU to meet UW’s 120 credit hour graduation requirement.

First Semester

Concurrent Fall Semester UW/CSU

  • EDUC 331 - Educational Technology Credits: 2
  • EDUC 340 - Literacy and the Learner - Phase I - RL Credits: 3 (Not included in WUE tuition)
  • EDUC 350 - Instruction I: Individualization/Mgt - Phase II - TL Credits: 3
  • EDUC 386 - Practicum - Instruction I - Phase II - TL 1
  • EDCT 451 - Methods, FCS Education Credits: 4
  • Credits: 3 (online from UW)

Second Semester

 Spring Semester at CSU

  • EDUC 450 - Instruction II: Standards/ Assessment - Phase III - T Credits: 4
  • EDUC 486 - Practicum - Instruction II - Phase III - TL 1
  • FACS 479 - Colloquium - FCS Credits: 2

Transfer one of the following to UW

  • ART/HUM (Choose one: E140, PHIL 1000  or TH141) Credits: 3
  • HES 145 Health and Wellness Credits: 3

Final Semester

Fall Semester at CSU

  • EDCT 485 - Student Teaching - Phase IV - TL Credits: 11
  • ECDT 492 Seminar - Professional Relations - Phase IV - TL Credits: 1 (Transfer to UW)

Total UW Degree Minimum: 120 Hours

Total CSU Degree Minimum: 34 Hours

Total for Both Degrees: 154 Hours

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