Program Vision, Mission, Goals, and Philosophy




Alabama’s vision for the Family and Consumer Sciences program is to empower individuals and families across their life span to manage the challenges of living and working in a changing, diverse, global society.  The unique focus is on families, work, and their interrelationships.


The mission of Alabama’s Family and Consumer Sciences program is to prepare students with knowledge and skills for managing personal, family, and work life, and preparing for careers in Family and Consumer Sciences.


The Family and Consumer Sciences program:

  • provides students with knowledge and skills necessary to become competent in the work of the home and workplace today and in the future;
  • prepares students to manage resources and utilize technology for the well-being of the family and society
  • prepares students to think creatively and critically in making decisions to improve their quality of life;
  • teaches students to balance their personal, home, family, and work live;
  • prepares students to become responsible citizens and leaders in the family, community, and work settings;
  • assists students for careers in family and consumer sciences; and
  • prepares students to making the transition from school to career and family to career.


Students are expected to meet all course goals and apply knowledge through real-life situations.  A variety of teaching techniques such as small and large group discussion, lecture, labs, and independent study will be used to integrate process skills such as decision making, problem solving, and critical thinking.  Laboratory experiences are essential to the course and provide students with opportunities to plan, organize and implement learning activities, apply principles, learning processes, and practice desired skills and behavior. Students will engage in activities, experiences, and assessments that deal with applying, synthesizing, and evaluating knowledge and skills.  Essay tests, performance assessments, laboratory work, project reports, products produced, project presentations, and paper-pencil tests will be used to assess the student’s progress in meeting course goals.

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