For more detailed and the most up-to-date information about all the requirements and the subject matter courses needed to become certified in Family and Consumer Sciences, please go to the Office of Teaching Initiatives.

There are currently 6 colleges in New York State that offer matriculating programs leading to a teaching certificate for Family and Consumer Science. 

Buffalo State College
N. John Popovich, Ed.D.
(716) 878-6637
[email protected]
SUNY Oneonta
Rose Avanzanto
[email protected]
SUNY Oswego
Dr. Margaret Martin
[email protected]

Queens College
Andrea Mosenson
[email protected]
Hofstra Universty
Marsha Iverson
(516) 463-7284
[email protected]


Subject matter courses in family and consumer sciences include:

  • Balancing Work and Family
  • Career Development
  • Child Development
  • Clothing and Textiles
  • Consumer Finances
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Family Studies
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Gerontology
  • Housing and Environment
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • Textile Production and Fabrication
  • Parenting

It is highly recommended that prospective candidates prepare for the classroom experience by taking a variety of these courses.



NYSAFCSE member, Ryan Judge, shares with us the info below about a program that SUNY New Paltz offers which leads to a Professional Certification in FACS. “It is a wonderful program. I went through it to get my license in NY.   FACS teachers in the state who only have an initial certification may find this helpful as it is an avenue that people do not always know can count for FACS Certification.”


 The Humanistic/Multicultural Education Program offers a 36-credit MPS degree that leads to NYS Professional Certification in the following special subject areas: music, physical education, health, technology, and family and consumer science. As one of the few institutions in the region that provides a Masters Degree and Professional Certification in these special subject areas, this program plays an important role in providing a graduate-level course degree and a college-sponsored pathway to New York State teaching certification in these subjects areas. Our graduates have worked as special subject teachers in virtually every school district in the Mid-Hudson region.

        In addition to the special subject teachers who have earned their Masters and Professional Certification through the Humanistic/Multicultural Education Program, many teachers have returned to earn a second Masters through this program. The Program's Masters of Professional Studies has also provided a foundation for public school educators to pursue careers in the following areas:

- student assistance counselors

- guidance counselors

- attendance officers

- school nurse/teachers

- assistant principals

- principals

- school district superintendents

For more information visit: http://www.newpaltz.edu/edstudies/humanistic.html