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Wage Earning Home Economics Education WEHE

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science

College(s): Education and Human Services

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
Professional Education Sequence
Admission to the Technical or Wage Earning Home Economics Education curriculum requires the completion of one of the following:
Level I
Note: Students seeking admission to teacher education candidacy must meet all university requirements for admission to the specific program they wish to enter.
EDUC 251 Life Span Human Growth & Dev 3
EDUC 206 Ed Tech in Sec Classrooms 3
EDUC 289 Principles of Teaching and Learning 3
Level II
Note: Prior to admission to the Teacher Education Program and Level II courses, students must pass all sections of the Basic Skills Test, complete all Professional Education Prerequisite courses with a minimum of 2.5 GPA, with no grade lower than a C (2.0), have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and meet all other program requirements. Students may have no more than two repeats in Level I coursework.
EDUC 303 School, Work & Society 3
EDUC 308 Teaching Strategies for SPED/Diverse Pop 3
EDUC 339 Instructional Planning and Practice 2
EDUC 430 Instruction Delivery & Evaluation 4
EDUC 439 Instructional Theory into Practice 2
EDUC 443 Teaching Reading/Secondary Areas 3
The next two courses are required for vocational majors only (Allied Health, Business, Technical, Wage Earning Home Economics)
CAHS 497 Special Studies in CAHS 1-6
* (Allied Health Education students only)
EDUC 400 Found in Career & Tech Edu 3
Level III
Note: Prior to student teaching and professional seminar (Level III courses), students must obtain the appropriate GPA for their major/minor as established by each department, earn an overall GPA of 2.75 in the professional education courses, have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and meet all other program requirements.
EDUC 491 Secondary Directed Teaching 12
EDUC 499 Professional Seminar 2
Total 40
FIELD EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT: (for vocational majors only: Allied Health, Business, Technical, Wage Earning Home Economics) Two years of wage earning occupational work experience (within the last five (5) years) required. One-year experience plus one semester of EDUC 391 is acceptable. EDUC 391 credit will be granted for approved occupational experience (8 credits maximum).
EDUC 391 Cooperative Work Internship 8
NOTE: STUDENTS MUST OBTAIN THE APPROPRIATE GPA FOR THEIR MAJOR/MINOR AS ESTABLISHED BY EACH DEPARTMENT. A 2.75 GPA IS REQUIRED IN THE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSE SEQUENCE. A 2.50 CUMULATIVE GPA IS ALSO REQUIRED BEFORE STUDENT TEACHING. NOTE: Though faculty advisors are responsible for advising students regarding degree requirements, it is the student who is ultimately responsible for choosing the correct courses and for following the correct program.   

Why Choose Wage Earning Home Economics Education?

This is a specialized vocational education program that prepares others for the important responsibilities of a wage earning home economics related career. Service areas include child and adult care and guidance, food management, family and consumer sciences, and life management.

The wage earning home economics program prepares students to teach in high schools, vocational and occupational programs, area skill centers and community colleges.

Two years of occupational work experience within the last six years is required for the B.S. degree. Students with at least one year, but less than two, are required to complete a one semester work internship. A teaching minor is required with some specialties.

Professional Opportunities

Graduates earn bachelor of science degrees and may qualify for a Michigan Secondary Provisional Certificate with a vocational endorsement. Candidates are required to pass state-mandated Subject Matter Exams in their selected teaching major and minor areas prior to a certification recommendation.

Because the service area of vocational education is expanding, there is a shortage of qualified teachers in this field. Graduates of this program are fully qualified for challenging and satisfying employment in education or industry.

With a strong background in both a specialty area of the program and teaching, the Ferris State graduate can expect a high degree of success in the job market.

Admission Requirements

Transfer students with 30 credit hours or more must possess a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Students transferring into the program with completed majors or minors must have the appropriate GPA as established by each department. Consult individual program description for other admission requirements.

Students must have:

  • 1. An A.A.S. Degree with at least 40 semester hours in the occupational major and a minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the major courses.
    OR
  • 2. Occupational competence documented by the Michigan Occupational Competency Assessment Center (MOCAC).

  • Teacher Certification Requirements

    As required by the State of Michigan to receive teacher certification, all teacher candidates must: (1) pass the Michigan Basic Skills Test, (2) pass the pedagogy tests in their subject area majors and minors, and (3) have a 2.50 minimum GPA to receive teacher certification in Michigan. These state requirements are in addition to the FSU graduation requirements of your individual program.

    Graduation Requirements

    The wage earning home economics education program leads to a bachelor of science degree through the School of Education, College of Education & Human Services. Graduates must complete all of FSU's general education, wage earning home economics, and education requirements. Professional education requirements include a semester of directed student teaching. Consult individual program description for other graduation requirements.

    More Information

    College of Education & Human Services
    Bishop Hall Room 421
    Ferris State University
    1349 Cramer Circle
    Big Rapids, MI 49307-2737
    Phone: 231-591-5361


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