Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies (FCEdS)
The study of family and consumer sciences at Iowa State University 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, and 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.
Regardless of the option you choose, students with degrees in family and consumer sciences education are in demand. 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.
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.
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.
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 FCS-related businesses.
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.
Related Majors and Minors
The following fit well with Family and Consumer Science Education and Studies as double majors or minors:
Learning communities connect students with social and learning activities that extend well beyond the classroom. Students in many communities take a few courses together, get to know peer mentors, study together as a group, do service projects, and gather just for fun.:
Clubs and Organizations
Connect with people who share similar interests across the ISU campus.
Teacher licensure students gain a total of 80 hours field experience in addition to a semester of student teaching in high schools and middle schools.
Communications and Professional Studies students complete internships. Examples include ISU Extension, human services agencies, commodity groups, nonprofit organizations, and FCS-related publishing and business sectors.
View Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies student internship experiences at Career Connections.
Students and alumni are eligible to contact career services in the College of Human Sciences for assistance in these areas:
Are you an undergraduate student seeking a teacher licensure in FCS?
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 FCS teaching licensing and FCS endorsements. The following checklists are used to evaluate your transcripts and provide a guide for your program of study. Reviewing the appropriate checklist for your situation will assist in your planning. Be aware that online courses are available, but limited, and some FCEDS 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 FCS?
Do you have a teaching license, but need the FCS endorsement?
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. For program questions, contact Lisa Stange, our program coordinator, or call (515) 294-5652.
Our Masters’ program is currently closed but license and endorsement coursework can potentially be a component of other Masters programs here on campus.
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