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 2014-2015 (PDF)

Family and Consumer Sciences curriculum requirements 2013-14 (PDF)

Family and Consumer Sciences curriculum requirements 2012-13 (doc)

Family and Consumer Sciences curriculum requirements 2011-12 (doc)

Family and Consumer Sciences curriculum requirements 2009-11 (doc)

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.

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

4-year Plans

Family and Consumer Sciences Licensure 4-year plan 2014-15

Family and Consumer Sciences Communications 4-year plan 2014-15

Family and Consumer Sciences Professional Studies 4-year plan 2014-15

Family and Consumer Sciences Licensure 4-year plan 2013-14 (PDF)

Family and Consumer Sciences Communications 4-year plan 2013-14 (PDF)

Family and Consumer Sciences Professional Studies 4-year plan 2013-14 (PDF)

Family and Consumer Sciences Licensure 4-year plan 2012-13 (doc)

Family and Consumer Sciences Communications 4-year plan 2012-13 (doc)

Family and Consumer Sciences Professional Studies 4-year plan 2012-13 (doc)

Family and Consumer Sciences 4-year plan 2011-12 (PDF)

Family and Consumer Sciences 4-year plan 2009-11 (PDF)

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

Dietetics

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.

Human Development and Family Studies Club

Kappa Omicron Nu

Phi Upsilon Omicron 

Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies Club

Gerontology Club

Transfer students

Careers and Internships

Careers

  • 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 and student teaching in high schools and middle schools in central Iowa.

Internships

Communications and Professional Studies students complete internships.  Examples include  museums, ISU Alumni Center, Ames Main Street Cultural District, Reiman Gardens, 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

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 University, Ames, Iowa, 50011.

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.

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:

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