School of Agriculture and Applied Science

Sherman Lewis School of Agriculture and Applied Science



The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences ensures that the students will receive a high quality education through program options that are effective and efficient in the twenty-first century. The mission of the Department is to (1) educate students for a dual role including balancing successful family living and preparation for the professional world, (2) to improve rural and urban life so that it will be rewarding and satisfying by extending service through Family and Consumer Sciences, (3) to develop interest in the important scope and needs of research in Family and Consumer Sciences.


The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is in the E.L. Holloway Education, Research, and Extension Complex. The Department has a Demonstration Learning Center for instructional use as well as individual and group auto-tutorials. An Early Childhood Laboratory is used for developing skills in working with children and their families. Students majoring in Child Development and Early Childhood Education will be provided with an opportunity to work with young children in an early childhood setting. Early Childhood and Child Development majors can observe the teacher learning process in its natural setting and study the organization of the school and classroom. Early Childhood and Child Development majors will be provided positive experiences with children and identify characteristics of the successful teacher and the acceptable mode of personal and professional behavior. In addition, parents will receive information related to child development, learning theories, nutrition and health needs. Parents will be provided with demonstrations on the use of instructional materials and activities to meet the needs of young children through parent education workshops/seminars, home-instructional packets, personalized instruction sessions, basic skill achievement goals checklist and individual education plan for identified students.



Evia L. Davis, Ed.D.
Chairperson/Associate Professor

Assessment of Student Learning

An assessment of student learning is administered during the last semester of the student’s academic program or prior to student teaching.
1. Bachelor’s degree Candidates

The Family and Consumer Sciences Assessment Test (FCSAT) is administered at the conclusion of their academic experience. It consists of a written comprehensive examination. The comprehensive examination is very closely aligned with the Family & consumer’s Conceptual Framework, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards.

The Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT) is designed to assess subject area knowledge and skills required of entry-level educators in Oklahoma. All individuals seeking an initial Early Childhood Education license in the State of Oklahoma must pass the Oklahoma Subject Area Test (OSAT). Candidate’s responses must demonstrate an understanding of knowledge and skills in the field of Early Childhood Education. There are three sub-areas further broken into eighteen competencies. The three areas are language and literacy development, learning across the curriculum, and child development and early childhood programs. The early childhood test is also comprised of selected response questions. Candidates scoring 300-280 are considered exemplary; 279-260 competent; 259 to 240 acceptable; and those scoring below 240 do not pass the OSAT. In the Early Childhood option there were no candidates assessed for the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Program systematically uses the data to determine strengths and needs of the teaching and learning process. Data results are used to develop and improve assignments, rubrics and refine teaching practices that will continually enhance and strengthen the program. Student appraisal of faculty teaching effectiveness is conducted at the end of each semester.

2. Associate degree students

As part of the program’s achieving and maintaining NAEYC accreditation, it must report annually on at least three of the following measures and display these data via easily located links on its website.

Outcome Measure #1: The Number of Program Completers

Outcome Measure #2: The Program Completion Rate

Outcome Measure #3: Institutional Selected Data

Students enrolled in the practicum course are required to complete the Reflective Essay Assessment prior to graduation. The essay is aligned to each of the NAEYC Standards: (1) Promoting Child Development, (2) Building Family and Community Relationships, (3) Observing, Documenting, and Assessing Children, (4) Using Developmentally Effective Approaches, (5) Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum, and (6) Becoming a Professional. Outcomes are reviewed with faculty and are incorporated into the annual department course reviews for curriculum development, program planning and improvements. Student appraisal of faculty teaching effectiveness is conducted at the end of each semester.

The A.S. Child Development at Langston University is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The accreditation term runs from March 2019 through March 2021.

Published Outcome Data


Upcoming Events

Bass Reeves Film Screening and Discussion

February 22, 2024
Join us for a film screening and discussion of Bass Reeves presented by Professor Edwards! WHEN: Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. WHERE: Allied Health 105

Writing Pedagogy In Flux

February 27, 2024
Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, hosts revisiting theories, conventions, and curriculum design. WHEN: Feb. 27 at 3:15 p.m. WHERE: Jones Hall 102

Writing Democracy Project

March 29, 2024
The Writing Center presents: Writing Democracy with Oklahoma House Representative Mauree Turner! Join us to engage in a discussion about democracy with Rep. Turner. Rep. Turner is the first Muslim and non-binary person to serve in the Oklahoma legislature. WHEN: March 29 at 4 p.m. WHERE: Allied Health 105 We can’t wait to see you there!

Book Talk: A Course in Cyborg Semiotics

April 11, 2024
Are you ready to explore the fascinating intersection of technology, communication, and culture? Join us for a captivating book talk and celebration with Dr. Mick Howard, Director of the Writing Center, as he presents his latest publication: A Course in Cyborg Semiotics. WHEN: Thursday, April 11, at 2 p.m. WHERE: Allied Health Center 105 Hosted by the English Department and Writing Center, this event offers ...