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

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 human 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. Ours is an interdisciplinary major where students take coursework in content areas including human development, early childhood education, interpersonal relationships, family studies, culinary arts, nutrition, textiles, interior design, and financial planning. This unique program of study integrates multiples facets of human health and well-being, preparing FCEDS graduates to support individuals, families, and communities in diverse settings to achieve optimal quality of life.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Family & Consumer Sciences Education program will be meet the following learning objectives, as defined by the InTASC standards for teacher preparation.

Standard 1: Learner Development

The student understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.

Standard 2: Learning Differences

The student uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.

Standard 3: Learning Environments

The student works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.

Standard 4: Content Knowledge

The student understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.

Standard 5: Application of Content

The student understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.

Standard 6: Assessment

The student understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.

Standard 7: Planning for Instruction

The student plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.

Standard 8: Instructional Strategies

The student understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.

Standard 8A: Technology

The student integrates current and emerging technology in instruction to encourage student creativity, problem solving, collaboration, and digital literacy. Teachers practice and advocate safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.

Standard 9: Professional Learning and Ethical Practice

The student engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.

Standard 10: Leadership and Collaboration

The student seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

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

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 educator preparation program prior to enrolling in advanced courses. 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 Professional Studies option are prepared to work in a variety of careers including Extension & Outreach, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies as well as within the private business or entrepreneurial sector.

Graduates of the Communications option have the ability to educate consumers in a global and technologically changing society. Students apply the principles of educational presentations, journalism, marketing, and public relations to empower people to critically analyze options and make the best choices for their needs.

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 https://hdfs.hs.iastate.edu/future-students/find-your-major/certified-family-life-educator/ 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 (https://www.aafcs.org/home): 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 take courses that will allow you to be recommended for 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 advisor and the coordinator of freshman English, complete another appropriate English writing course with a minimum grade of C.

A minor in Educational Services in Family and Consumer Sciences is available, see requirements under Undergraduate Minor.

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 educator preparation programs appears under Teacher Education in the School of 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 advisors. 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.

Option 1: Teacher Licensure

Total Credits for FCEDS (Teacher Licensure): 123

Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies Core: 22 credits

HD FS 110Freshman Learning Community Orientation1
or HD FS 111 New Transfer Student Seminar
FCEDS 206Professional Roles in Family and Consumer Sciences **2
FCEDS 306Educational Principles for Family and Consumer Sciences4
FS HN 167Introductory Human Nutrition and Health3
HD FS 239Consumer Issues *3
HD FS 249Parenting and Family Diversity Issues3
HD FS 276Human Sexuality *3
HD FS 283Personal and Family Finance *3
Total Credits22

*Must receive a "C-" or above

** Must receive a "C" or above.

Teacher Licensure Courses: 66-67 credits

EDUC 203A Connected World: Technology for Learning, Creating, and Collaborating1
EDUC 303Introduction to Educational Technology1
EDUC 403Intermediate Educational Technology1
EDUC 204Social Foundations of Education in the United States: Secondary **3
EDUC 219Orientation to Teacher Education: FCS, History, Math, Science and World Language and Cultures Majors **1
EDUC 333Educational Psychology **3
EDUC 406Social Justice Education and Teaching: Secondary **3
EDUC 426Principles of Secondary Education **3
FCEDS 380VPre-Student Teaching Experience in FCS Education: Practicum in FCS Labs2
FCEDS 413Planning and Assessment for 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 418Foundations of Career and Technical Education in Family and Consumer Sciences3
FCEDS 480VPre-Student Teaching Experience in FCS Education: Practicum in Diverse Settings2
FS HN 111Fundamentals of Food Preparation *2
FS HN 115Food Preparation Laboratory *1
H SCI 150Dialogues on Diversity1
HD FS 224Development in Young Children: Birth through Age 8 *3
SP ED 401Teaching Secondary Students with Exceptionalities in General Education **3
A M D 204Textile Science4
FCEDS 301KShort Course: Textile Selection and Apparel Construction Methods3-4
or A M D 121 Apparel Assembly Processes
One of the following:3
Fundamentals of Interior Design *
Human Factors in Interior Design *
Interior Design History/Theory/Criticism I
Short Course: Housing
One of the following:3
Development and Guidance in Middle Childhood *
Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood *
One of the following:3
Food and the Consumer
Housing and Services for Families and Children *
Abuse and Illness in Families
Fundamentals of Financial Planning *
Personal and Consumer Health *
Introduction to the Hospitality Industry
Total Credits68-69

*Must receive a "C-" or above

** Must receive a "C" or above.

Communications and Library: 10 credits

ENGL 150Critical Thinking and Communication **3
ENGL 250Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic Composition **3
One of the following3
Interpersonal Communication
Professional Communication
Conflict Management
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Business and Professional Speaking
LIB 160Introduction to College Level Research1
Total Credits10

** Must receive a "C" or above.

Natural Sciences and Mathematical Disciplines: 9-10 credits

BIOL 101Introductory Biology3
or BIOL 155 Human Biology
MATH or STAT course from approved general education options3-4
CHEM 160Chemistry in Modern Society3
Total Credits9-10

Social Sciences: 9 credits

ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3
HD FS 102Individual and Family Development, Health, and Well-being3
One of the following3
Dress, Appearance, and Diversity in U.S. Society
AESHM 421Developing Global Leadership: Maximizing Human Potential3
World Food Issues: Past and Present
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Total Credits12

Humanities: 6-8 credits

Select from approved general education options.

Total Credits: 6

Total Credits: 123

Option 2: Communications

Total Credits for FCEDS (Communication Option): 123

Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies Core: 22 credits

HD FS 110Freshman Learning Community Orientation1
or HD FS 111 New Transfer Student Seminar
FCEDS 206Professional Roles in Family and Consumer Sciences2
FCEDS 306Educational Principles for Family and Consumer Sciences4
FS HN 167Introductory Human Nutrition and Health3
HD FS 239Consumer Issues3
HD FS 249Parenting and Family Diversity Issues3
HD FS 276Human Sexuality3
HD FS 283Personal and Family Finance3
Total Credits22

Communications Options Courses: 51 credits

AESHM 287Principles of Management in Human Sciences3
ENGL 302Business Communication3
FS HN 101Food and the Consumer3
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 110Personal and Consumer Health3
P R 220Principles of Public Relations3
P R 305Publicity Methods3
One of the following:3
Rhetorical Website Design
Technical Communication
Visual Communication of Quantitative Information
Business and Technical Editing
Visual Aspects of Business and Technical Communication
One of the following:3
Digital Design Communications
Media Ethics, Freedom, Responsibility
World Communication Systems
Diversity in the Media
FCEDS 491ASupervised Experiences in a Professional Setting: Communications6
Total Credits50

Communications and Library: 10 credits

ENGL 150Critical Thinking and Communication **3
ENGL 250Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic Composition **3
One of the following3
Interpersonal Communication
Professional Communication
Conflict Management
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Business and Professional Speaking
LIB 160Introduction to College Level Research1
Total Credits10

** Must receive a "C" or above.

Natural Sciences and Mathematical Disciplines: 10 credits

BIOL 101Introductory Biology3
or BIOL 155 Human Biology
CHEM 160Chemistry in Modern Society3
STAT 101Principles of Statistics4
or STAT 104 Introduction to Statistics
Total Credits10

Social Sciences: 9 credits

ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3
HD FS 102Individual and Family Development, Health, and Well-being3
One of the following3
Dress, Appearance, and Diversity in U.S. Society
World Food Issues: Past and Present
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Total Credits9

Humanities: 6 credits

Select from approved general education options.

Total Credits: 6

Electives: 9

Total Credits: 123

Option 3: Professional Studies

Total credits for FCEDS (Professional Studies): 123

Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies Core: 22 credits

HD FS 110Freshman Learning Community Orientation1
or HD FS 111 New Transfer Student Seminar
FCEDS 206Professional Roles in Family and Consumer Sciences2
FCEDS 306Educational Principles for Family and Consumer Sciences4
FS HN 167Introductory Human Nutrition and Health3
HD FS 239Consumer Issues3
HD FS 249Parenting and Family Diversity Issues3
HD FS 276Human Sexuality3
HD FS 283Personal and Family Finance3
Total Credits22

Professional Studies Courses: 47 credits

FCEDS 413Planning and Assessment for Family and Consumer Sciences3
FS HN 101Food and the Consumer3
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 449Program Evaluation and Proposal Writing3
HD FS 486Administration of Human Services Programs3
One of the following:3
Entrepreneurship in Human Sciences
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
One of the following:3
Household Finance and Policy
Fundamentals of Financial Planning
Family Savings and Investments
One of the following:3
Aesthetics of Consumer Experience
Cultural Perspectives of Global Dress
Aesthetics
Two of the following:6
Business Communication
Technical Communication
Principles of Public Relations
Publicity Methods
FCEDS 491BSupervised Experiences in a Professional Setting: Professional Studies6
Total Credits45

Communications and Library: 10 credits

ENGL 150Critical Thinking and Communication **3
ENGL 250Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic Composition **3
One of the following3
Interpersonal Communication
Professional Communication
Conflict Management
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Business and Professional Speaking
LIB 160Introduction to College Level Research1
Total Credits10

** Must receive a "C" or above.

Natural Sciences and Mathematical Disciplines: 9-10 credits

BIOL 101Introductory Biology3
or BIOL 155 Human Biology
MATH or STAT course from approved general education options3-4
CHEM 160Chemistry in Modern Society3
Total Credits9-10

Social Sciences: 9 credits

HD FS 102Individual and Family Development, Health, and Well-being3
ECON 101Principles of Microeconomics3
One of the following3
Developing Global Leadership: Maximizing Human Potential
Dress, Appearance, and Diversity in U.S. Society
World Food Issues: Past and Present
Introduction to Sociology
Total Credits9

Humanities: 6 credits

Select from approved general education options.

Total Credits: 6

College of Human Sciences Electives: 13-15 credits

Choose from AESHM, FCEDS, FS HN, HD FS, HSP M, H S, or AMD (TC)minimum 9 credits at 300 level or above; electives total will vary to equal a total of 123 credits

University Electives: 6-7 credits

Total Credits: 123

The courses listed in this section are approved general education course options for this major.

Natural Sciences and Mathematics: 9-10 credits. Coursework designed to facilitate students' understanding of the structure and behavior of the natural world and appreciate mathematics as a valuable tool of the sciences and an intrinsically important way of thinking.

Licensure
Select 3-4 credits from:
Introduction to Probability
Introduction to Mathematical Ideas
College Algebra
Discrete Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences
Calculus I
Mathematics for Elementary Education I
Principles of Statistics
Communications
Select 3-4 credits from:
Principles of Statistics
Introduction to Statistics
Professional Studies
Select 3-4 credits from:
Introduction to Probability
Introduction to Mathematical Ideas
College Algebra
Discrete Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences
Calculus I
Mathematics for Elementary Education I
Principles of Statistics

Humanities: 6 credits. Coursework designed to assist students to develop an understanding of human cultural heritage and history, and an appreciation of reasoning and the aesthetic value of human creativity.

Note: Courses meeting International Perspectives requirements are marked with an *. Additional courses may be found in departments listed with a double **.

AESHM 342Aesthetics of Consumer Experience3
AF AM 201Introduction to African American Studies3
AF AM 334Africana Religions3
AF AM 347Studies in African American Literature3
AF AM 353History of African Americans I3
AF AM 354History of African Americans II3
A M D 257Museum Studies3
A M D 354Fashion History I: Prehistoric to Mid-19th Century *3
AM IN 210Introduction to American Indian Studies3
AM IN 240Introduction to American Indian Literature3
AM IN 346American Indian Literature3
ARCH 221Histories and Theories of Architecture to 1750 *3
ARCH 420Topics in American Architecture3
Art History (ART H) **
American Sign Language (ASL)
Classical Studies (CL ST) **
CMDIS 286Communicating with the Deaf3
DANCE 270Dance Appreciation3
DANCE 360History and Philosophy of Dance3
ENGL 201Introduction to Literature3
ENGL 225Survey of British Literature to 18003
ENGL 226Survey of British Literature since 18003
ENGL 227Survey of American Literature to 18653
ENGL 228Survey of American Literature since 18653
ENGL 240Introduction to American Indian Literature3
HD FS 240Literature for Children3
History (HIST) **
HSP M 260Global Tourism Management *3
MUSIC 102Introduction to Music Listening *3
MUSIC 302Masterpieces of Music and Art in Western Culture.3
MUSIC 304History of American Rock 'n' Roll3
MUSIC 383History of Music I *3
MUSIC 384History of Music II *3
Philosophy (PHIL)
Religious Studies (RELIG) **
THTRE 106Introduction to the Performing Arts3
THTRE 110Theatre and Society3
WGS 201Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
WGS 336Religion and Gender3
WGS 338Feminist Philosophy3
WGS 340Women's Literature3
WGS 345Women and Literature: Selected Topics3
WGS 370Studies in English Translation (including 370F, G, R. S) *3
WGS 374Sex, Gender, and Culture in the Ancient Mediterranean World *3
WGS 385Women in Politics3
WGS 386History of Women in America3
World Languages and Cultures (ARABC, CHIN, FRNCH, GER, GREEK, RUS, SPAN) **

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

Freshman
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDUC 2043AESHM 421, A M D 165, FS HN 342, PSYCH 101, or SOC 1343
ENGL 1503EDUC 2191
FCEDS 2062FS HN 1673
HD FS 1023HD FS 2763
HD FS 110 or 1111HD FS 2833
LIB 1601MATH or STAT Course from approved general education options3
RELIG 205 (Humanities course)3PSYCH 1311
 16 17
Sophomore
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDUC 2031A M D 2044
FCEDS 3064CHEM 1603
BIOL 101 or 1553FS HN 1112
COMST 211, 214, 218, SP CM 212, or SP CM 3123FS HN 1151
ENGL 2503HD FS 2243
 H SCI 1501
 Apply to Educator Preparation program 
 14 14
Junior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDUC 3031EDUC 3333
FCEDS 301K or A M D 1213-4EDUC 4031
HD FS 226 or 2273FCEDS 380V2
HD FS 2393FCEDS 4133
HD FS 2493FCEDS 4183
Humanities3SP ED 4013
 16-17 15
Senior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ECON 1013FCEDS 417A8
EDUC 4063FCEDS 417B8
EDUC 4263PRAXIS II in content & pedagogy to be taken prior to license approval 
FCEDS 480V2 
One of the following: ARTID 250, 251, 355; FCEDS 301F2-3 
One of the following: FS HN 101; HD FS 360, 367, 383; H S 110; or HSP M 1013 
 16-17 16

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

Freshman
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 1503CHEM 1603
HD FS 1023FS HN 1673
HD FS 110 or 1111FS HN 342, SOC 134, PSYCH 101, AESHM 421, or A M D 1653
HD FS 1831COMST 211, 214, 218, SP CM 212, or SP CM 3123
LIB 1601Humanities Course from approved general education options3
PSYCH 1311 
RELIG 205 (Humanities course)3 
 13 15
Sophomore
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AESHM 2873ENGL 2503
BIOL 101 or 1553STAT 101 or 1043-4
FS HN 1013HD FS 2493
FCEDS 3064HD FS 2833
HD FS 2393P R 3053
FS HN 1013 
 19 15-16
Junior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 3023ENGL 314, 313, 332, 415, or 4163
HD FS 2763HD FS 4863
HD FS 3673P R 2203
HD FS 3693ECON 1013
H S 1103Electives6
 15 18
Senior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HD FS 3773FCEDS 491A (3-6 credits)6
HD FS 3953Electives ( to equal 123 total credits)7
HD FS 4493 
HD FS 418B2 
JL MC 462, 476, or 4773 
 14 13

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

Freshman
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 1503CHEM 1603
FCEDS 2062FS HN 1673
HD FS 1023MATH or STAT Course from approved general education options3
HD FS 110 or 1111CHS Elective3
LIB 1601FS HN 1013
PSYCH 1311 
RELIG 2053 
 14 15
Sophomore
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 101 or 1553ENGL 2503
ENGL 302, 314, P R 220, or P R 3053HD FS 2393
FCEDS 3064HD FS 2493
CHS Elective (300 level)3HD FS 2763
AESHM 421, A M D 165, FS HN 342, SOC 134, or PSYCH 1013HD FS 2833
COMST 211, 214, 218, SP CM 212, or SP CM 3123HD FS 3673
 19 18
Junior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AESHM 342, PHIL 340, or A M D 3623ENGL 302, 314, P R 220, or P R 3053
HD FS 341, 383, or 4823FCEDS 4183
HD FS 3693HD FS 4863
HD FS 3773CHS Elective (300 level or above)3
CHS Elective (300 level or above)3Elective3
 15 15
Senior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AESHM 474 or MGMT 3103FCEDS 491B6
HD FS 3953Electives to equal 123 total credits8
HD FS 4493 
HD FS 418B2 
ECON 1013 
 14 14

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

HD FS 102Individual and Family Development, Health, and Well-being3
FCEDS 206Professional Roles in Family and Consumer Sciences2
FCEDS 306Educational Principles for Family and Consumer Sciences4
FCEDS 413Planning and Assessment for Family and Consumer Sciences3
One of the following:3
Foundations of Career and Technical Education in Family and Consumer Sciences
Household Finance and Policy
Housing and Services for Families and Children
Abuse and Illness in Families
Death as a Part of Living
Children, Families, and Public Policy