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Family Consumer Sciences & Human Services - Curriculum

Curriculum Resources and Program Development

The development of a local curriculum that helps students acquire critical thinking skills to solve everyday, practical problems is one of the most important processes in family and consumer sciences & human services education program development. The curriculum is the basis for all program activities and operations.

The department has been in the process of developing model curriculum. Family and Consumer Sciences & Human Services model curriculum may be located at Model Curriculum Unit.

Listed on this page are up-to-date resources and links to other resources that will assist Missouri family and consumer sciences educators in developing a local curriculum. For more information related to Missouri family and consumer sciences education curriculum, contact Leone Herring.

National Standards For Family Consumer Sciences Education

The National Association of State Administrators for Family and Consumer Sciences Education (NASAFACS), an affiliate of the Family and Consumer Sciences Education (FACS) Division of the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE), first began development of national standards for family and consumer sciences in May 1995. The project to develop national standards created an atmosphere that celebrated the variety that exists among state philosophies and blended multiple approaches to standards and educational delivery systems. The resulting work became a powerful tool for showcasing the movement from home economics, with an emphasis on technical homemaking skills, to Family and Consumer Sciences Education & Human Services, with its focus on broader family and society issues, and provided significant new direction for the field.

In May 2008, NASAFACS initiated a project to update the national standards, utilizing a highly participatory process to collect recommendations from a wide variety of stakeholders. Over 1,000 reviewers, including FACS educators and subject matter specialists from all states along with representatives of external organizations, business and industry, agencies with direct connections, and other stakeholders, reviewed the National Standards and provided recommendations for the second edition.

Common Career Technical Core

Education and Training Standards; Hospitality and Tourism Standards; Human Services Standards

The Common Career Technical Core (CCTC) is a state-led initiative to establish a set of rigorous, high-quality standards for Career Technical Education (CTE) that states can adopt voluntarily.  The standards have been informed by state and industry standards and developed by a diverse group of teachers, business and industry experts, administrators and researcher.

The development of the CCTC was a multi-step process that incorportated input from approximately 3,500 individuals representing K-12 education, business and industry and higher education from across the nation.  The CCTC includes a set of standards for each of the 16 Career Clusters™ and their corresponding Career Pathways that define what students should know and be able to do after completing instruction in a program of study.  The CCTC also includes an overarching set of Career Ready Practices that apply to all programs of study.  The Career Ready Practices include 12 statements that address the knowleddge, skills and dispositions that are important to becoming career ready.

Personal Finance Competencies

On October 6, 2005 the State Board of Education approved an increase in the minimum high school graduation standards that includes a required half-unit course in personal finance. The competencies for the approved course in personal finance have been developed and are available for to districts to use in guiding the personal finance course.

The competencies were developed by an advisory committee of business representatives; higher education officials; the Centers for Economics Education; and teachers from the areas of family and consumer sciences, business education, and social studies. Personnel from the Missouri Center for Career Education (MCCE) assisted the Department in developing the competencies.

As a starting point, teachers reviewed the personal finance standards from the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. They also reviewed the recommended content standards and benchmarks from the Missouri Council on Economic Education's Towards Economic and Financial Literacy: A Final Report. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Additional Resources

Curriculum Resource Guide and Other Development Resources

Curriculum guides and resources are available for purchase from the Instructional Materials Laboratory at the University of Missouri-Columbia. An on-line catalog and information can be found online. Call toll-free in Missouri: 1-800-669-2465.

These guides and resources are also available on free loan to Missouri educators only from Resources @ MCCE located at Central Missouri State University - Warrensburg. Call 800-392-7217 for additional information.

Nutrition and Wellness

  • "Food Science: Content Modules for Food Science Featuring Problem-Solving Activities in Family and Consumer Sciences-1998":
    Missouri-developed resource guide for implementing food science into the family and consumer sciences curriculum.