FCS - Family and Consumer Sciences

Department of Family and Child Studies, Reich College of Education

Graduate Courses in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS)


Ellen Carpenter, Department Chair

FCS 5001. Orientation to Research in Family and Consumer Sciences (3).F. Orientation to and examination of research methodologies, collection and analyses of data, and preparation of reports. Prerequisites: any undergraduate statistics course including ECO 2100 (Business and Economic Statistics I), STT 2810 (Introduction to Statistics) or STT 3820 (Statistical Methods I), or FDN 4600/5600, or equivalent.

FCS 5002. Family and Consumer Sciences Perspectives and Integrative Frameworks (3).F. An examination of professional roles and behaviors, issues and trends, professional practice and ethics, and philosophical base of family and consumer sciences.

FCS 5010. Evidence-Based Practice in Early Childhood Education (3).F.Odd-numbered years. This course will examine the meaning of evidence-based practice as it applies in early childhood education and intervention, with the goal of preparing students to become critical consumers of research. Students will review current literature concerning evidence-based practices for early childhood settings and explore ways to apply research findings in their professional practice across a variety of settings (e.g., school, home, intervention agency). (Same as CI 5010/SPE 5010.)

FCS 5020. Early Intervention (3).S.Odd-numbered years. This course will acquaint students with federal legislation pertaining to early intervention (EI) and examine multiple ways that early intervention (EI) professionals provide services in a variety of settings (e.g., home, child care facilities, schools, agencies, and community settings such as parks and grocery stores). Characteristics and needs associated with specific disabilities will be addressed as well as strategies to individualize services for children and their families. (Same as CI 5020/SPE 5020.)

FCS 5100. Application and Theories of Child Development (3).F.Odd-numbered years. Consideration of selected meanings, definitions, and functions of theories of child development as related to practical application of these theories to program planning and implementation for preschool children in home and group settings.

FCS 5111. Advanced Developmental Assessment and Program Evaluation for Children (3).S.Odd-numbered years. This course is designed to provide students with skills and knowledge in assessing the development of children, and the interests, concerns, and priorities of families. Students will collect data for the purpose of monitoring children's progress, family outcomes, and program effectiveness. (Same as CI 5111/SPE 5111.)

FCS 5112. Advanced Developmental Curriculum and Instruction for Young Children (3).F.Odd-numbered years. This course is designed to provide students with advanced skills and knowledge in application of a research base to design, adapt and evaluate curriculum and environments suitable for the integration of infants, toddlers, preschool and kindergarten children of various developmental levels and abilities in inclusive settings. (Same as CI 5112/SPE 5112.)

FCS 5113. Seminar: Issues in Birth through Kindergarten Education (3).S.Even-numbered years. This seminar is designed to build leadership skills to enable the student to consult and collaborate with other professionals. It will permit the development of depth and breadth in professional growth as well, and provide the foundation for life-long learning for the advancement of knowledge in the field of early childhood education and early intervention. (Same as CI 5113/SPE 5113.)

FCS 5140. Family-Professional Partnerships in Birth Through Kindergarten Education (3).F.Even-numbered years. This course is designed to focus on major issues in the field of family studies and to understand the unique role of professionals who will be working in collaborative partnerships with families to promote positive outcomes for young children and their families. Students will incorporate existing research and current technology to develop a plan to assist families and children to reach their educational goals through family advocacy. Students will use this material to work directly with a family and develop a research-based presentation for class.

FCS 5305. Recent Issues in Housing and Interiors (3).On Demand. A study of recent issues in housing and interiors. Prerequisite: FCS 1300 (Housing Environments) or equivalent.

FCS 5310. Historic Housing and Renovation (3).On Demand. A study of historical houses and their renovation for contemporary living.

FCS 5315. Housing for the Elderly (3).On Demand. An overview of housing for the elderly including housing needs, available housing, accommodations, housing dissatisfactions, attitudes toward living arrangements, housing standards and design, congregate housing, housing disruption and site/location criteria. Lecture three hours. Prerequisite: FCS 4315 (Habitats and Public Policy)or permission of the instructor.

FCS 5500. Independent Study (1-4).F;S. Graduate students may broaden or intensify their program through individual research and involvement in a given area of family and consumer sciences.

FCS 5525. Product of Learning (1-3).On Demand. Graded on an S/U basis.

FCS 5530-5549. Selected Topics (1-4).On Demand. An opportunity to study a special topic or combination of topics not otherwise provided for the Family and Consumer Sciences curriculum. May be repeated for credit when content does not duplicate.

FCS 5551. Families in Later Life (3).F. In-depth study of factors influencing interrelationships in family development in the later years. Lecture three hours. Prerequisite: FCS 2103 (Family Development Over the Life Cycle) or permission of the instructor. [Dual-listed with FCS 4551.]

FCS 5600. Families, Economics and Demographic Change (3).On Demand. An examination of the economic pressures on families and how these pressures have helped to produce demographic change in families. This process will involve the identification of major demographic changes, discussion of key elementary economic concepts, and the application of these concepts to the family setting. Prerequisite: FCS 2600 (Family Economics) or ECO 2030 (Principles of Economics – Price Theory) or equivalent.

FCS 5609. Seminar in Vocational Education (1).F. A study of the historical, legislative, and philosophical bases of vocational education; organization of vocational education in North Carolina; and contemporary issues in vocational education. Prerequisites: CI/SPE 2800 (Teachers, Schools and Learners) and FDN 3800 (Foundations of American Education) or a[[rpva; of the instructor. [Dual-listed with FCS 4609.]

FCS 5610. Administration of Early Childhood Programs (3).S. A study of the role of the program administrator in a variety of early childhood settings, both public, private, and non-profit. This study will involve program planning, staff administration, assessment of facility and equipment needs, appropriate program and financial management using computer management software and studying the state regulations that govern programs for young children. Lecture three hours. Prerequisite: : FCS 4556 (Infant/Toddler Curriculum) or FCS 4602 (Preschool Curriculum and Instruction) or FCS 3110 (Enriching Experiences and Programming for School-Age Children) or permission of the instructor. [Dual-listed with FCS 4610.]

FCS 5611. The Hospitalized Child (3).S. This course is designed to help students understand the procedures, illnesses, and stress that are experienced by children and families during hospitalization. This course will stress both theory and practice in working with children and families for professionals in non-medical areas. [Dual-listed with FCS 4611.]

FCS 5700. Advanced Curriculum in Family and Consumer Sciences (3).On Demand. Applying curriculum theory for updating and reorganizing secondary and postsecondary family and consumer sciences curriculum including the integration of FHA. Prerequisite: licensed family and consumer sciences teacher or permission of the instructor.

FCS 5705. Evaluation in Family and Consumer Sciences (3).On Demand. Evaluation theory, process, and skill in relation to assessing student achievement and program effectiveness. Application of knowledge will be made through the development of test item banks. Prerequisite: eligible for teaching license or permission of the instructor.

FCS 5710. Family and Consumer Sciences Communication Strategies (3).On Demand. Selection, organization, and use of strategies and materials for presenting family and consumer sciences related concepts. Lecture two hours, laboratory two hours. Prerequisite: eligible for teaching licensure or permission of the instructor.

FCS 5900. Internship (3-12).F;S. A structured field experience, paid or unpaid, in an area related to the program and supervised by department faculty. A proposal is to be submitted to the graduate committee and be approved for participation the semester previous to beginning the experience. No credit will be given for experience not previously approved. Prerequisite: 15 s.h. graduate courses toward degree program and proposal approved. Graded on an S/U basis.

FCS 5901. Research Project (1-3).F;S. Implementation of an approved research proposal: collection and analysis of data, preparation of report(s) and presentation of project. FCS 5901 may be repeated for a total credit of three semester hours. Prerequisite: FCS 5001 and proficiency in statistics. Graded on an S/U basis

FCS 5989. Graduate Research (1-9).F;S. This course is designed to provide access to University facilities for continuing graduate research at the master's and specialist's levels. Graded on an S/U basis. FCS 5989 does not count toward a degree.

FCS 5999. Thesis (1-4).F;S. Graded on an SP/UP basis until the thesis has been successfully defended and received final approval, at which time all grades will be changed to S.