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.

  • 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.


Program Information

Curriculum Requirements

Family and Consumer Sciences curriculum requirements

FCEdS General course selections


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.


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.

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
  • Lifespan development
  • Parenting and child development education
  • Textiles or apparel, design and merchandising

4-year Plans

4-year plans for all Family and Consumer Sciences options

Related Majors and Minors

The following fit well with Family and Consumer Science Education and Studies as double majors or minors:

Apparel, Merchandising, and Design

Child, Adult, and Family Services

Coaching (minor)

Culinary Science

Dance (minor)

Diet and Exercise


Digital Learning minor

Early Childhood Education

Entrepreneurial Studies minor

Event Management

Financial Counseling and Planning

Food Science

Hospitality Management

Nutritional Science

Get Involved

Learning Communities

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.:

Human Development and Family Studies Learning Community

HDFS Transfer Student Orientation (HDFS111)

Adult Non-traditional Students (ANTS)

Clubs and Organizations

Connect with people who share similar interests across the ISU campus.

Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies Club

Phi Upsilon Omicron

Human Development and Family Studies Club

Kappa Omicron Nu

Gerontology Club

Careers and Internships


  • Grade 5-12 FCS teacher
  • Adult educator
  • Consumer advocate and information director
  • Cooking school instructor
  • Director of parent education
  • Extension specialist
  • Family life educator
  • Event planning professional
  • Textbook writer
  • Human resources director
  • Director of youth education for non-profit and religious organizations
  • Journalist, writer, or communicator of family and consumer science topics

Student teaching

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.

FCEDS 491 internship procedure

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

Career Services

Students and alumni are eligible to contact career services in the College of Human Sciences for assistance in these areas:

  • Job search materials such as resumes and cover letters
  • Job and internship search strategies
  • Interviewing skills

Licensure and Endorsements

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?

Teacher Licensure Checklist

Do you have a teaching license, but need the FCS 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. For program questions, contact Troy Anderson, 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.


  • 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, AMD’s Design and Production lab, and FSHN’s Food labs.
  • Students have access to large computer labs in the College of Human Sciences in MacKay Hall and one in LeBaron Hall.

  • Contact Information

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  • Did You Know?

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

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