Family and consumer sciences education and studies

The study of family and consumer sciences education and studies (FCEdS) at Iowa State University (ISU) has a long-standing reputation as one of the best in the nation. Today, we see family and consumer science educators as the glue for teaching youth valuable life skills in areas such as:

  • Consumer resource management
  • Family studies
  • Food and nutrition
  • Housing
  • Human development
  • Parenthood education
  • Textiles and clothing

As a student in family and consumer sciences education and studies, you’ll be able to choose from three options to further define your career path.

  • Teacher licensure
  • Communications
  • Professional studies

Graduates of the Iowa State program enjoy a high placement rate after graduation in fields of their choice, including middle or high school education, public relations and writing, extension, youth and adult community programming, and non-profit organizations.


  • Family and consumer sciences education and studies has its own resource library, the Bartow Resource Library and Classroom, located in 301 MacKay Hall, that includes textbooks, curriculum materials and professional journals for student and faculty use.
  • Students also have lab experiences in ISU’s nationally accredited Child Development Lab School, apparel, merchandising, and design’s Design and Production Lab, and food science and human nutrition’s food labs.
  • Students in the College of Human Sciences have access to large computer labs in MacKay Hall and one in LeBaron Hall.


Are you an undergraduate student seeking a teacher licensure in FCEdS?

Visit our Educator Preparation page to learn what is required and what steps to take.

For those students holding a bachelor degree:

Our program offers non-degree plans for obtaining family and consumer sciences education and studies teaching licensing and family and consumer sciences education and studies endorsements. The following checklists are used to evaluate your transcripts and provide a guide for your program of study. Be aware that online courses are available, but limited, and some family and consumer sciences education and studies courses are offered alternating summers. Refer to the schedule of classes for course offering information.

Do you have a Bachelor’s degree and need a teaching license in FCEdS?

Teacher Licensure Checklist

Do you have a teaching license, but need the FCEdS endorsement?

Endorsement Course Checklist
Endorsement Course Suggestions

The first step in getting your license or endorsement is to have your transcripts reviewed by our program. Please send transcripts to Michale Hansen for this purpose. 

License and endorsement coursework can potentially be a component of other masters programs here on campus.

Program information

There are seven content areas and three options within the family and consumer sciences education and studies major that give specific focus to the broad range of curriculum within the academic program.

  • Teacher licensure: If you’re ready to teach middle and high school students the fundamentals of food and nutrition, family dynamics, financial management, fashion, and other life skills, consider the teacher licensure option. This is an in-demand job field with high placement rates in schools around Iowa and the nation.
  • Communications: If you seek to write or communicate about issues related to family and consumer sciences, then the communications options may be the right fit for you. Our graduates have landed jobs writing for culinary magazines, directing consumer affairs, promoting professional associations, and managing communications for family and consumer sciences-related businesses.
  • Professional studies: Take your extensive knowledge of family and consumer sciences and put it to work in the community. Graduates within the professional studies option work with state and county extension offices, non-profit organizations, youth and community programs, and adult education. The wide range of skills you’ll learn as a family and consumer sciences education and studies major will equip you to help populations of all ages and backgrounds conquer life’s challenges.

Family and consumer sciences education and studies

Curriculum requirements
Catalog requirements
General course selections

4-year plans
Sample 4-year plans for all program options

Focus areas

Consumer resource management
Family studies
Food and nutrition
Lifespan development
Parenting and child development education
Textiles or apparel, design, and merchandising


View class syllabi

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Study abroad programs

Are you considering a study abroad opportunity to broaden your educational perspectives and personal view of the world? We hope so! The HDFS department offers various international opportunities through the College of Human Sciences International Programs office.

Careers and internships

Graduates of the family and consumer sciences education and studies program are well-prepared for careers for seven varying content areas. They are also able to pursue further education options in graduate programs.

Graduate programs in HDFS

Career services
Prepare for your next job with Career Services, where staff and peers help you with job searches, interview preparation, and resume/cover letter editing.

Look at a list of career possibilities inside the family and consumer sciences education and studies industries.

Internships are available with various companies and firms. For more information, visit our careers and internship page.

To apply for internships and full-time work positions, use the Iowa State CyHire, on-campus career fairs, or talk to your internship coordinator: Lisa Enloe.

See where other students have interned. Visit Career Connections.