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Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies offers a curriculum for the Bachelor of Science degree.

The curriculum in Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies (FCEDS) prepares graduates with a broad understanding of individual and family well-being. Graduates apply knowledge and research in family and consumer sciences content in global professional settings. They work in an integrative fashion to improve well-being by addressing and acting on complex problems confronting individuals, families, and communities. The study of Family and Consumer Sciences Education incorporates the following 16 areas (http://www.nasafacs.org/national-standards-and-competencies.html): Career, Community and Family Connections; Consumer and Family Resources; Consumer Services; Education and Early Childhood; Facilities Management and Maintenance; Family; Family and Community Services; Food Production and Services; Food Science, Dietetics, and Nutrition; Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation; Housing and Interior Design; Human Development; Interpersonal Relationship; Nutrition and Wellness; Parenting; and Textiles, Fashion and Apparel.

Students in the curriculum choose one of three options: Teacher Licensure, Communications, or Professional Studies.

Graduates of the Teacher Licensure option may teach family and consumer sciences in middle, junior high, and senior high schools. Students who enroll in Teacher Licensure must apply and be accepted into the teacher education program prior to enrolling in advanced courses and must meet general education requirements for teacher licensure. This program option is approved by the Iowa Department of Education for the preparation of comprehensive and occupational career and technical education family and consumer sciences teachers.

Graduates of the Communications option have a broad-based knowledge of family and consumer sciences and the ability to communicate in a global and technologically changing society. They are able to plan, develop, creatively present and evaluate information. Students apply the principles of educational presentations, journalism, marketing, and public relations to the family and consumer sciences field within businesses, agencies, and organizations that work to empower individuals, families, and communities.

Graduates of the Professional Studies option pursue individualized career goals in family and consumer sciences that apply integrative knowledge of family and consumer sciences in diverse careers for global settings. Students are prepared to work in a variety of careers ranging from non-profit organizations to the private sector in a business or entrepreneurial venture working with family nutrition, financial planning, life planning, current issues or other topics from the 16 content areas that affect individuals, families and communities.

Students in FCEDS may choose coursework that leads to becoming a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE), a program that has been approved by the National Council on Family Relations. These courses provide the basic education for students interested in working with families, including adolescents, parents, or adults working to strengthen relationships. The student takes courses that support the development of knowledge and skills in family life content areas selected by the National Council on Family Relations. The certification is a voluntary credential that requires the individual to complete a degree in an approved program and to have at least two years of work experience in family life education settings. Iowa State University does not grant the Certified Family Life Educator credential. The certification is granted only by the National Council on Family Relations. See http://www.hdfs.hs.iastate.edu/undergraduate-majors/cfle/ and/or http://www.ncfr.org/cfle-certification.

Graduates may also choose from one of several nationally recognized professional certifications available from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) Council for Certification. This program measures competencies of FCS professionals using high-quality, rigorous assessments. Certifications that are currently available are (http://www.aafcs.org/CredentialingCenter/Certification.asp): CFCS: Certified in Family and Consumer Sciences; CFCS-HDFS: Certified in Human Development and Family Studies; CFCS-HNFS: Certified in Hospitality, Nutrition, and Food Science; and CPFFE: Certified Personal and Family Finance Educator.

There is also an opportunity to obtain a family and consumer sciences-general endorsement or teacher licensure as a post baccalaureate student.

Communication Proficiency Requirement: A student must achieve a grade of C or higher in ENGL 150, Critical Thinking and Communication, and ENGL 250, Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic Composition. A student achieving a grade of C- or lower in 150 and/or 250 must either repeat the course(s), earning a minimum grade of C, or, in consultation with the adviser and the coordinator of freshman English, complete another appropriate English writing course with a minimum grade of C.

The HD FS department offers an Educational Services in Family and Consumer Sciences minor. The minor consists of at least 15 credits including 6 credits taken at Iowa State University in courses numbered 300 or above.

The Educational Services in Family and Consumer Sciences minor may be earned by completing 15 credits:

FCEDS 206Professional Roles in Family and Consumer Sciences2
FCEDS 306Educational Principles for Family and Consumer Sciences and Family Life Education4
FCEDS 413Planning and Assessment for Family and Consumer Sciences and Family Life Education4
FCEDS 491ASupervised Experiences in a Professional Setting: Communications5
or FCEDS 491B Supervised Experiences in a Professional Setting: Professional Studies
Total Credits15

Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies, B.S.-communications option

Freshman
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HD FS 1023CHEM 160 (or Natural Sciences Course from approved FCEDS list)3
HD FS 1101FS HN 1673
HD FS 1831STAT 101 or 1044
LIB 1601FS HN 342 or SOC 1343
ENGL 1503HD FS 1030.5
RELIG 205Humanities course3Humanities Course from approved FCEDS list3
PSYCH 131HD FS Learning Community Selection-elective1 
 13 16.5
Sophomore
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FCEDS 2062ENGL 2503
AESHM 2873HD FS 2493
ECON 1013HD FS 2833
BIOL 101 or 1553HD FS 3773
HD FS 2182P R 3053
HD FS 2393COMST 102, 214, 218, SP CM 212, or SP CM 3123
 16 18
Junior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 3023ENGL 3143
FCEDS 3064HD FS 3693
HD FS 2763HD FS 4863
HD FS 3673Elective3
H S 2153P R 2203
 16 15
Senior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AESHM 4213FCEDS 491A3-6 credits6
HD FS 3953Electives(5-9 credits to equal 123.5 total credits)8
HD FS 4493 
JL MC 2423 
DSN S 232, JL MC 462, JL MC 476, or JL MC 4773 
 15 14

Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies, B.S.-professional studies option

Freshman
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HD FS 1023CHEM 160 (or Natural Sciences course from approved FCEDS list)3
HD FS 1101FS HN 1673
HD FS 1831FS HN 342 or SOC 1343
LIB 1601HD FS 1030.5
ENGL 1503MATH or STAT Coursefrom approved FCEDS list3
PSYCH 131HD FS Learning Community Selection-elective1CHS Elective3
RELIG 205Humanities course3 
 13 15.5
Sophomore
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FCEDS 2062ENGL 2503
HD FS 2182HD FS 2493
HD FS 2393COMST 102, 214, 218, SP CM 212, or SP CM 3123
ECON 1013HD FS 2833
BIOL 101 or 1553HD FS 2763
CHS Elective3HD FS 3773
 16 18
Junior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HD FS 341, 383, or 4823HD FS 3693
HD FS 3673ENGL 302 or 3143
AESHM 342, PHIL 340, or A M D 3623HD FS 4863
CHS Elective (300 level or above)3CHS Elective (300 level or above)3
Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities or Art & Design Course3Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities or Art & Design Course3
 15 15
Senior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AESHM 4213FCEDS 491B (3-6 credits)6
HD FS 3953H S 2153
AESHM 474 or MGMT 3103Electivesto equal 123.5 total credits4
HD FS 4493 
Humanities Coursefrom approved FCEDS list3 
P R 220, 305, ENGL 302, or ENGL 3143 
 18 13

Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies, B.S.- teacher licensure option

Freshman
FallCreditsSpringCredits
C I 2043C I 2191
ENGL 1503FS HN 1673
HD FS 1023FS HN 342 or SOC 1343
HD FS 110 or 1111HD FS 2763
LIB 1601HD FS 2833
PSYCH 131HD FS Learning Community Selection-elective1MATH or STAT Course (from approved FCEDS list)3
RELIG 205 (Humanities course)3Take PRAXIS 1 CORE 
 15 16
Sophomore
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FCEDS 2062CHEM 1603
C I 2023ENGL 2503
HD FS 2393HD FS 2243
BIOL 101 or 1553A M D 2044
COMST 102, 214, 218, SP CM 212, or SP CM 3123FS HN 1112
HD FS 1030.5FS HN 1151
Apply to Teacher Ed  
 14.5 16
Junior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FCEDS 3064FCEDS 4183
FCEDS 480B1FCEDS 4134
A M D 1213C I 3333
Humanities3SP ED 4013
HD FS 2493HD FS 227 or 2263
 14 16
Senior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
One of the following: 2-3FCEDS 417A8
 FCEDS 417B8
 PRAXIS II in content & pedagogy to be taken prior to license approval 
  
  
  
FCEDS 480B1 
C I 4063 
C I 4263 
ECON 1013 
One of the following: HD FS 342, 383, 395; AESHM 421; A M D 165; H S 110; or MKT 3403 
 15-16 16

US Diversity and International Perspectives Requirement: Students in Family and Consumer Sciences Education fulfill the US Diversity by taking HD FS 276 and the International Perspectives Requirement by taking FS HN 342.

Note: This sequence is only an example. The number of credits taken each semester should be based on the individual student's situation. Factors that may affect credit hours per semester include student ability, employment, health, activities, and grade point consideration. 

Curriculum in Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies

Administered by the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Leading to a degree bachelor of science.

This curriculum provides a broad-based program of study focusing on preparation for professional careers related to education or community leadership. Courses are required in general education and the College core.

Students in the program choose one of three options: Teacher Licensure, Communications, or Professional Studies.

Option 1, Teacher Licensure, is designed for students seeking careers as family and consumer sciences educators in a variety of settings such as middle, junior high, and senior high schools.  Further information about licensure programs appears under Teacher Education.

Option 2, Communications, is designed for students seeking careers emphasizing the use of principles in journalism, marketing, communications, and public relations with diverse populations in business or social agency settings as well as extension, community agencies, community colleges, and youth and adult education programs in the global community.

Option 3, Professional Studies, is designed to provide students with the opportunity to pursue an individualized program which is planned with their academic advisers. Careers include working with diverse populations in Extension, business, community agencies, and community colleges, or non-profit  groups and organizations involving youth and adult education programs.

A minor in Educational Services in Family and Consumer Sciences is available, see requirements under Human Development and Family Studies Courses and Programs or in the catalog section Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies.

Total Credits required:  122.5-123.5

Communications and Library

ENGL 150Critical Thinking and Communication **3
ENGL 250Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic Composition **3
One of the following3
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Professional Communication
Conflict Management
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Business and Professional Speaking
LIB 160Information Literacy1
Total Credits10

** Must receive a "C" or above.

Natural Sciences and Mathematical Disciplines

BIOL 101Introductory Biology3
or BIOL 155 Human Biology
STAT 101Principles of Statistics Communications Option3-4
or STAT 104 Introduction to Statistics
or approved MATH or STAT course from FCEDS list (Teacher Licensure & Professional Studies)
CHEM 160Chemistry in Modern Society3
Teacher Licensure and Communications must have completed high school Chemistry
Total Credits9-10

Social Sciences

ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3
HD FS 102Individual and Family Development, Health, and Well-being *3
One of the following3
World Food Issues: Past and Present
Introduction to Sociology
Total Credits9

*Students in Teacher Licensure must receive a "C-" or above

Humanities

Select 6 credits from FCEDS list of approved Humanities courses.

Total Credits: 6

Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies Core

HD FS 103Professional Principles for Working with Children.5
HD FS 110Freshman Learning Community Orientation1
or HD FS 111 New Transfer Student Seminar
FCEDS 206Professional Roles in Family and Consumer Sciences **2
HD FS 239Consumer Issues *3
HD FS 276Human Sexuality *3
HD FS 283Personal and Family Finance *3
Total Credits12.5

*Students in Teacher Licensure must receive a "C-" or above

** Students in Teacher Licensure must receive a "C" or above.

Total Credits: 75-76

Option 1: Teacher Licensure

Total Credits for FCEDS (Teacher Licensure): 122.5-123.5

C I 202Learning Technologies in the 7-12 Classroom **3
C I 204Social Foundations of Education in the United States **3
C I 219Orientation to Teacher Education: Math, Science, FCS Education, and History/Social Science Majors1
C I 333Educational Psychology **3
C I 406Social Justice Education and Teaching: Secondary **3
C I 426Principles of Secondary Education **3
FCEDS 306Educational Principles for Family and Consumer Sciences and Family Life Education **4
FCEDS 413Planning and Assessment for Family and Consumer Sciences and Family Life Education **4
FCEDS 418Foundations of Career and Technical Education in Family and Consumer Sciences **3
FCEDS 417ASupervised Teaching in Family and Consumer Sciences: Vocational family and consumer sciences. **8
FCEDS 417BSupervised Teaching in Family and Consumer Sciences: Family and consumer sciences. **8
FCEDS 480APre-Student Teaching Experience in FCS Education: Practicum in FCS Labs (24 hours)1
FCEDS 480BPre-Student Teaching Experience in FCS Education: Practicum in Diverse Settings (24 hours)1
FS HN 111Fundamentals of Food Preparation *2
FS HN 115Food Preparation Laboratory *1
FS HN 167Introduction to Human Nutrition *3
HD FS 224Development in Young Children: Birth through Age 8 *3
HD FS 249Parenting and Family Diversity Issues *3
A M D 121Apparel Assembly Processes *3
A M D 204Textile Science *4
SP ED 401Teaching Secondary Students with Exceptionalities in General Education **3
One of the following3
Fundamentals of Interior Design *
Human Factors in Design *
Forces That Shape Interior Space *
Interior Design History/Theory/Criticism I *
Interior Design History/Theory/Criticism II *
One of the following3
Development and Guidance in Middle Childhood *
Adolescent and Emerging Adulthood *
One of the following3
AESHM 421Developing Global Leadership: Maximizing Human Potential3
Dress and Diversity in Society *
Guidance and Group Management in Early Childhood *
Fundamentals of Financial Planning *
Children, Families, and Public Policy *
Personal and Consumer Health *
Principles of Marketing *

*Must receive a "C-" or above

** Must receive a "C" or above.

Option 2: Communications

Total Credits for FCEDS (Communication Option): 122.5

AESHM 287Principles of Management in Human Sciences3
AESHM 421Developing Global Leadership: Maximizing Human Potential3
ENGL 302Business Communication3
FCEDS 306Educational Principles for Family and Consumer Sciences and Family Life Education4
FS HN 167Introduction to Human Nutrition3
HD FS 249Parenting and Family Diversity Issues3
HD FS 367Abuse and Illness in Families3
HD FS 369Research Methods in Human Development and Family Studies3
HD FS 377Aging and the Family3
HD FS 395Children, Families, and Public Policy3
HD FS 418BProfessional Practice Reflection/Discussion: Internships2
HD FS 449Program Evaluation and Proposal Writing3
HD FS 486Administration of Human Services Programs3
H S 215Drug Education3
P R 305Publicity Methods3
Select one of the following3
Rhetorical Website Design
Technical Communication
Visual Communication of Quantitative Information
Business and Technical Editing
Visual Aspects of Business and Technical Communication
Choose 6 credits from the following6
Digital Design Communications
Principles of Public Relations
Media Management
World Communication Systems
Ethnicity, Gender, Class and the Media
JL MC 110Orientation to Journalism and Communication1
FCEDS 491ASupervised Experiences in a Professional Setting: Communications6
Electives15
Total Credits76

Option 3: Professional Studies

Total credits for FCEDS (Professional Studies): 123.5

FCEDS 306Educational Principles for Family and Consumer Sciences and Family Life Education4
AESHM 421Developing Global Leadership: Maximizing Human Potential3
One of the following:3
Entrepreneurship in Human Sciences
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
FS HN 167Introduction to Human Nutrition3
HD FS 249Parenting and Family Diversity Issues3
HD FS 367Abuse and Illness in Families3
HD FS 369Research Methods in Human Development and Family Studies3
HD FS 377Aging and the Family3
HD FS 395Children, Families, and Public Policy3
HD FS 418BProfessional Practice Reflection/Discussion: Internships2
HD FS 449Program Evaluation and Proposal Writing3
HD FS 486Administration of Human Services Programs3
One of the following3
Household Finance and Policy
Fundamentals of Financial Planning
Family Savings and Investments
One of the following3
Aesthetics of Consumer Experience
Cultural Perspectives of Dress
Aesthetics
Two of the following6
Business Communication
Technical Communication
Principles of Public Relations
Publicity Methods
FCEDS 491BSupervised Experiences in a Professional Setting: Professional Studies6
College of Human Science Electives, choose from AESHM, FCEDS, FS HN, HD FS, HSP M, H S, or AMD (TC) minimum 9 credits at 300 level or above; elective total will vary to equal a total of 123.5 credits13-14
University Electives9
Total Credits76-77

Graduate Study

The Human Development and Family Studies department and the college of Human Sciences participates in several Master of Family and Consumer Sciences (MFCS) degree programs. See the following link for information on these options: http://www.online.hs.iastate.edu/graduate-programs/masters/.

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Courses

Courses primarily for undergraduates:

(1-1) Cr. 2. F.

Prereq: HD FS 103 or concurrent enrollment in HD FS 103
Influencing factors that have contributed to the development and mission of Family and Consumer Sciences. Program goals, objectives and professional ethics. Introduction to various roles in professional settings, e.g., community agencies, secondary schools, business and industry, and Cooperative Extension. Includes 12 hours of a practicum experience outside of the regular class schedule.

(3-2) Cr. 4. F.

Prereq: 15 credits in family and consumer sciences subject matter
Principles of teaching and learning applied to family and consumer sciences content, including incorporating reading and STEM strategies. Instructional methods appropriate for formal and non-formal educational settings. Specific strategies for diverse audiences. Includes 12 hour arranged practicum. May be used for family life certification.

(3-2) Cr. 4. S.

Prereq: FCEDS 306
Development of curriculum and assessment tools for family and consumer sciences programs for school settings. Accommodating exceptional learners. Includes 12 hours of Career and Technical Student Organization Competitive Event Assessment. May be used for family life certification.

Cr. 3-8. Repeatable. F.S.

Prereq: FCEDS 413; 24 credits in family and consumer sciences subject matter; cumulative grade point of 2.50; full admission to teacher education
Supervised teaching experience in secondary schools. Examination of ways to implement actions that reflect a professional philosophy of family and consumer sciences for teaching middle and high school level students. Reservation required.

Cr. 3-8. Repeatable. F.S.

Prereq: FCEDS 413, 24 credits in family and consumer sciences subject matter, cumulative grade point of 2.50, full admission to teacher education
Supervised teaching experience in secondary schools. Examination of ways to implement actions that reflect a professional philosophy of family and consumer sciences for teaching middle and high school level students. Reservation required.

Cr. 3-8. Repeatable. F.S.

Prereq: FCEDS 413, 24 credits in family and consumer sciences subject matter, cumulative grade point of 2.50, full admission to teacher education
Supervised teaching experience in secondary schools. Examination of ways to implement actions that reflect a professional philosophy of family and consumer sciences for teaching middle and high school level students. Reservation required.

(Dual-listed with FCEDS 518). (3-0) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: 400 hours employment in a family and consumer sciences related field.
Philosophy of career and technical education. Historical development of family and consumer sciences. Planning and implementing programs in family and consumer sciences including FCCLA. Impact of selected legislation on family and consumer sciences programs. Techniques for cooperative education, school-to-work, and work-based education programs. May be used toward Multioccupations Endorsement.

(0-2) Cr. 1. Repeatable. F.S.

Prereq: Admission to teacher education.
Laboratory experience in foods, textiles and human development in family and consumer sciences secondary programs. At least 2 hour blocks of time needed for field experience. Observation of family and consumer sciences laboratories in diverse classrooms. Planning, implementing, managing and assessing laboratory lessons in family and consumer sciences. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

(0-2) Cr. 1. Repeatable. F.S.

Prereq: Admission to teacher education
Laboratory experience in foods, textiles and human development in family and consumer sciences secondary programs. At least 2 hour blocks of time needed for field experience. Observation of family and consumer sciences laboratories in diverse classrooms. Planning, implementing, managing and assessing laboratory lessons in family and consumer sciences. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

(0-2) Cr. 1. Repeatable. F.S.

Prereq: Admission to teacher education.
Laboratory experience in foods, textiles and human development in family and consumer sciences secondary programs. At least 2 hour blocks of time needed for field experience. Observation of family and consumer sciences laboratories in diverse classrooms. Planning, implementing, managing and assessing laboratory lessons in family and consumer sciences. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

Cr. 3-8. Repeatable. F.S.SS.

Prereq: HD FS 418B; 24 credits in family and consumer sciences; reservation required
Supervised professional experience in an approved setting such as Cooperative Extension, business, community, human service, or government agency. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

Cr. 3-8. Repeatable, maximum of 8 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: HD FS 418B; 24 credits in family and consumer sciences; reservation required
Supervised professional experience in an approved setting such as Cooperative Extension, business, community, human service, or government agency. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

Cr. 3-8. Repeatable, maximum of 8 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: HD FS 418B; 24 credits in family and consumer sciences; reservation required
Supervised professional experience in an approved setting such as Cooperative Extension, business, community, human service, or government agency. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

Courses primarily for graduate students, open to qualified undergraduates:

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS.

Prereq: 6 credits in family and consumer sciences or education

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS.

Prereq: 6 credits in family and consumer sciences or education

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS.

Prereq: 6 credits in family and consumer sciences or education

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS.

Prereq: 6 credits in family and consumer sciences or education

(3-0) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: Professional experience in family and consumer sciences or related area
Application of principles of program development and assessment to formal and non-formal educational settings, e.g., secondary school family and consumer sciences programs, training positions in business, Cooperative Extension, human services agencies. Planning and constructing test items and other assessments of school and non-school learning.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.Alt. SS., offered odd-numbered years.

Prereq: 6 credits in family and consumer sciences
Selecting and applying teaching strategies and instructional materials based on theories of learning and human development that reflect a professional philosophy of family and consumer sciences. Application to formal and non-formal educational settings with diverse audiences.

(3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered even-numbered years.

Prereq: Introductory statistical and program development skills
Role of assessment in family and consumer sciences education programs. Planning and constructing test items and other assessments of school and nonschool learning.

(Dual-listed with FCEDS 418). (3-0) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: 400 hours employment in a family and consumer sciences related field.
Philosophy of career and technical education. Historical development of family and consumer sciences. Planning and implementing programs in family and consumer sciences including FCCLA. Impact of selected legislation on family and consumer sciences programs. Techniques for cooperative education, school-to-work, and work-based education programs. May be used toward Multioccupations Endorsement.