The quality of your education and preparation for your career is assured through review by top scholars and professionals. The endorsement they provide, called “accreditation,” enhances the value of your UGA education.
Meeting the Highest Standards
The College as a whole meets the highest standards as evidenced by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Accreditation, defined by the AAFCS Council for Accreditation (CFA), is a system for reviewing a family and consumer sciences (FCS) units to meet or exceed stated criteria of educational quality. To maintain accreditation, a college or unit of family and consumer sciences must undergo a rigorous internal review at intervals of three, five, and seven years. Accreditation is granted for a maximum of 10 years.
The Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences Education (B.S.F.C.S) is a Georgia Professional Standards Commission approved program offered jointly by the College of Education and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Students completing this program fulfill the requirements for a teacher’s certificate in family and consumer sciences to teach in grades seven through twelve.
Marriage and Family Therapy
The Marriage and Family Therapy program is accredited by American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) through 2022. The Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education is a specialized body that assures master’s degree, doctoral degrees, and post-graduate degree clinical programs meet and maintain the highest standards of the profession.
School Nutrition Directors Certification Program
The School Nutrition Directors Certification Program is a Georgia Professional Standards Commission approved program offered jointly by the College of Education and the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Applications for this non-degree graduate program are considered on an on-going basis. Applicants must apply to both the UGA Graduate School and to the Department of Foods and Nutrition.
Fashion Merchandising, Product Development Design emphasis is one of 13 fashion departments endorsed by the American Apparel and Footwear Association.
The Financial Planning Program is CFP® Board Registered. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, and CFP (with flame logo)®, which it awards to individuals who successfully complete initial and ongoing certification requirements. The University of Georgia does not certify individuals to use the CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and CFP (with flame logo)® certification marks. CFP® Certification is granted only by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. to those persons who, in addition to completing an educational requirement such as this CFP Board-Registered Program, have met its ethics, experience and examination requirements.
Child Development Lab
The National Association for the Education and Advancement of Young Children accreditation system has set professional standards for early childhood education programs, allowing families to find high-quality programs for their children. The Child Development Lab at the McPhaul Center is NAEYC accredited.