Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies (FCEdS)

Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies brochure (PDF)

Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies course catalog

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.

  • Teacher licensure
  • Communications
  • Professional studies

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.

Options

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.

Options

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 food associations, and managing communications for food-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.

Content areas

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

Curriculum requirements

4-year plans

Course catalog

Course syllabi

For current and recent class syllabus examples go to the Class Websites page for the Human Development and Family Studies department.

Scholarships

The Human Development and Family Studies scholarship page includes an online application form and list of scholarships. The online form is available from November through February each year.

Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies Scholarships

Transfer students

Careers and internships

View Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies student internship experiences at Career Connections.

Refer to the Family and Consumer Sciences Educaation and Studies careers and internships page.

Teacher licensure

School of Education licensure information

Contact: Lisa Stange

Send all transcripts of your prior university work to Loa Christensen, 34A MacKay Hall, Iowa State Univeristy, Ames, Iowa, 50011.

Learning communities

Incoming Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies students can participate in the following learning communities:

Human Development and Family Studies Learning Community

HDFS Transfer Student Orientation (HDFS111)

Adult Non-traditional Students (ANTS)

Organizations

Related majors and minors

Facilities

  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies has its own resource library, the Bartow Resource Library, located in 301 MacKay Hall, that includes textbooks, curriculum materials and professional journals for student and faculty use.

  • Students have access to large computer labs in the College of Human Sciences in MacKay Hall and one in LeBaron Hall.

Faculty and staff

Graduate degrees

The M.S and Ph.D. campus-based programs in Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies on campus are closed.

For graduate programs associated with Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies, prospective students can consider the following:

  • Did You Know?

    Graduates of ISU's Family and Consumer Education and Studies program are extremely employable with job placement rates close to 100%.