Career & Technical Education



Family & Consumer Sciences Education empowers individuals and families across the life span to manage the challenges of living and working in a diverse global society. The unique focus is on families, work, and their interrelationships.


The mission of Family & Consumer Sciences Education is to prepare students for family life, work life, and careers in Family & Consumer Sciences by providing opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors needed for:

  • Strengthening the well-being of individuals and families across the life span
  • Becoming responsible citizens and leaders in family, community, and work settings
  • Promoting optimal nutrition and wellness across the life span
  • Managing resources to meet the material needs of individuals and families
  • Balancing personal, home, family, and work lives
  • Using critical and creative thinking skills to address problems in diverse family, community, and work environments
  • Successful life management, employment, and career development
  • Functioning effectively as providers and consumers of goods and services
  • Appreciating human worth and accepting responsibility for one’s actions and successes in family and work life.


Family and Consumer Sciences education has roots in both academic and career/technical education and reaches beyond the educational system into the community as it focuses on the needs of individuals and families. The idea that all aspects of life may be reduced to tasks--making a garment, preparing food, cleaning a room--has been replaced by an emphasis on social structures, knowledge of relationships, and achievement of mutual goals. All Family and Consumer Sciences programs encourage students to develop communication, leadership, management, and thinking skills.

Content Guidelines

Family and Consumer Sciences education in New York State is delivered through a variety of courses designed to promote student attainment of the intermediate and commencement level New York State Learning Standards for Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) and Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS). Family and Consumer Sciences courses

  • place a high priority on family, workplace, and community skills needed to manage multiple life roles
  • address the needs of a full spectrum of a school’s diverse population, including male and female students with a wide variety of interests, abilities, and career pathways.
  • provide seamless articulation between middle-level and high school level expectations with minimal duplication among courses and integration of content in an applied context.
  • offer a sequence of courses that encourage students to build a depth of understanding and ability in an area of study: human services and family studies, food and nutrition, textiles and design.
Last Updated: March 14, 2011