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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 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 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 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 (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 adviser and the coordinator of freshman English, complete another appropriate English writing course with a minimum grade of C.

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 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.

Option 1: Teacher Licensure

Total Credits for FCEDS (Teacher Licensure): 123

Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies Core

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 167Introduction to Human Nutrition3
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.

EDUC 203X: A Connected World: Technology for Learning, Creating, and Collaborating **1
EDUC 303X: Introduction to Educational Technology1
EDUC 403X: Intermediate Educational Technology1
EDUC 204Social Foundations of Education in the United States: Secondary **3
EDUC 219Orientation to Teacher Education: FCS Education, History, Math and Science Majors **1
EDUC 333Educational Psychology **3
EDUC 406Social Justice Education and Teaching: Secondary **3
EDUC 426Principles of Secondary Education **3
FCEDS 413Planning and Assessment for Family and Consumer Sciences **3
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 380VPre-Student Teaching Experience in FCS Education: Practicum in FCS Labs1
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
HD FS 224Development in Young Children: Birth through Age 8 *3
A M D 121Apparel Assembly Processes *4
A M D 204Textile Science *4
SP ED 401Teaching Secondary Students with Exceptionalities in General Education **3
One of the following:3
Fundamentals of Interior Design *
Human Factors in Design *
Interior Design History/Theory/Criticism I
One of the following:3
Development and Guidance in Middle Childhood *
Adolescent and Emerging Adulthood *
One of the following:3
Food and the Consumer
Guidance and Group Management in Early Childhood *
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

*Must receive a "C-" or above

** Must receive a "C" or above.

Communications and Library

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 160Information Literacy1
Total Credits10

** Must receive a "C" or above.

Natural Sciences and Mathematical Disciplines

BIOL 101Introductory Biology3
or BIOL 155 Human Biology
Approved MATH or STAT course from FCEDS list3-4
CHEM 160Chemistry in Modern Society3
Teacher Licensure and Communications must have completed high school Chemistry
Total Credits9-10

Social Sciences

AESHM 421Developing Global Leadership: Maximizing Human Potential3
HD FS 102Individual and Family Development, Health, and Well-being3
One of the following3
Dress, Appearance, and Diversity in Society
Principles of Microeconomics
World Food Issues: Past and Present
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Total Credits9

Humanities

Select 6 credits from FCEDS list of approved Humanities courses.

Total Credits: 6

Total Credits: 123

Option 2: Communications

Total Credits for FCEDS (Communication Option): 123

Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies Core

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 167Introduction to Human Nutrition3
HD FS 239Consumer Issues3
HD FS 249Parenting and Family Diversity Issues3
HD FS 276Human Sexuality3
HD FS 283Personal and Family Finance3
Total Credits22
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 215Drug Education3
JL MC 110Orientation to Journalism and Communication1
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
Three credits from the following:3
Digital Design Communications
Media Management
World Communication Systems
Diversity in the Media
FCEDS 491ASupervised Experiences in a Professional Setting: Communications6
Electives18-19

Communications and Library

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 160Information Literacy1
Total Credits10

** Must receive a "C" or above.

Natural Sciences and Mathematical Disciplines

BIOL 101Introductory Biology3
or BIOL 155 Human Biology
CHEM 160Chemistry in Modern Society3
STAT 101Principles of Statistics4
or STAT 104 Introduction to Statistics
Teacher Licensure and Communications must have completed high school Chemistry
Total Credits10

Social Sciences

AESHM 421Developing Global Leadership: Maximizing Human Potential3
HD FS 102Individual and Family Development, Health, and Well-being3
One of the following3
Dress, Appearance, and Diversity in Society
Principles of Microeconomics
World Food Issues: Past and Present
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Total Credits9

Humanities

Select 6 credits from FCEDS list of approved Humanities courses.

Total Credits: 6

Total Credits: 123

Option 3: Professional Studies

Total credits for FCEDS (Professional Studies): 123

Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Studies Core

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 167Introduction to Human Nutrition3
HD FS 239Consumer Issues3
HD FS 249Parenting and Family Diversity Issues3
HD FS 276Human Sexuality3
HD FS 283Personal and Family Finance3
Total Credits22
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 418BProfessional Practice Reflection/Discussion: Internships2
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 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
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 Electives4-6

Communications and Library

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 160Information Literacy1
Total Credits10

** Must receive a "C" or above.

Natural Sciences and Mathematical Disciplines

BIOL 101Introductory Biology3
or BIOL 155 Human Biology
Approved MATH or STAT course from FCEDS list3-4
CHEM 160Chemistry in Modern Society3
Total Credits9-10

Social Sciences

AESHM 421Developing Global Leadership: Maximizing Human Potential3
HD FS 102Individual and Family Development, Health, and Well-being3
One of the following3
Dress, Appearance, and Diversity in Society
Principles of Microeconomics
World Food Issues: Past and Present
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Total Credits9

Humanities

Select 6 credits from FCEDS list of approved Humanities courses.

Total Credits: 6

Total Credits: 123

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

Freshman
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDUC 2043EDUC 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 131 (HD FS Learning Community Selection-elective)1MATH or STAT Course (from approved FCEDS list)3
RELIG 205 (Humanities course)3Take PRAXIS 1 CORE 
 15 16
Sophomore
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDUC 203X1CHEM 1603
FCEDS 2062HD FS 2243
HD FS 2393A M D 2044
BIOL 101 or 1553FS HN 1112
COMST 211, 214, 218, SP CM 212, or SP CM 3123FS HN 1151
ENGL 2503 
Apply to Teacher Ed  
 15 13
Junior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDUC 303X1FCEDS 380V1
FCEDS 3064FCEDS 4133
A M D 1214FCEDS 4183
HD FS 226 or 2273EDUC 3333
HD FS 2493EDUC 403X1
 SP ED 4013
 Humanities3
 15 17
Senior
FallCreditsSpringCredits
One of the following: 2-3FCEDS 417A8
 FCEDS 417B8
 PRAXIS II in content & pedagogy to be taken prior to license approval 
  
  
  
FCEDS 480V2 
ECON 1013 
EDUC 4063 
EDUC 4263 
One of the following: HD FS 342, 383, 395; AESHM 421; A M D 165; H S 110; or MKT 3403 
 16-17 16

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 1503Humanities Course from approved FCEDS list3
RELIG 205 (Humanities course)3 
PSYCH 131 (HD FS Learning Community Selection-elective)1 
 13 16
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 211, 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 491A (3-6 credits)6
HD FS 3953Electives (5-9 credits to equal 123 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 1601MATH or STAT Course from approved FCEDS list3
ENGL 1503CHS Elective3
PSYCH 131 (HD FS Learning Community Selection-elective)1 
RELIG 205 (Humanities course)3 
 13 15
Sophomore
FallCreditsSpringCredits
FCEDS 2062ENGL 2503
HD FS 2182HD FS 2493
HD FS 2393HD FS 2833
ECON 1013HD FS 2763
BIOL 101 or 1553HD FS 3773
CHS Elective3COMST 211, 214, 218, SP CM 212, or SP CM 3123
 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 3103Electives to equal 123 total credits4
HD FS 4493 
Humanities Course from approved FCEDS list3 
P R 220, 305, ENGL 302, or ENGL 3143 
 18 13

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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
Introduction to various roles in professional settings (community agencies, secondary schools, business and industry, and Cooperative Extension). Focus on factors that have influenced the development and mission of Family and Consumer Sciences programs nationwide. Includes 12 hours of observational practicum experience outside of the regular class schedule.

Cr. 3. F.S.SS.

Prereq: 6 credits in family and consumer sciences or education
Short course in current family and consumer sciences offerings.

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

Prereq: 6 credits in family and consumer sciences or education
Short course in housing.

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

Prereq: 6 credits in family and consumer sciences or education
Short course in textile selection and apparel construction.

(3-2) Cr. 4. F.

Prereq: FCEDS 206
Principles of teaching and learning applied to family and consumer sciences content incorporating literacy and STEM strategies for diverse audiences. Focus on providing a broad overview of effective instructional methods and substantial technological tools to meet varied learning needs. Includes 12 hours of arranged practicum and team teaching.

(Cross-listed with EDUC). (0-2) Cr. 1-2. Repeatable. F.S.

Prereq: FCEDS 306 and admission to teacher education
Laboratory experience in foods, hospitality management, culinary, prostart, textiles, fashion design, housing, and human development related to family and consumer sciences courses taught at the secondary level. Planning, implementing, managing, and assessing laboratory lessons in family and consumer sciences. Includes 24 hours practicum: unsupervised. 1/2 day of time needed in schedule. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

(3-0) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: FCEDS 306 and admission to Teacher Education
Development of curriculum and assessment tools for family and consumer sciences programs in school settings. Focus on accommodating exceptional learners and alignment of teaching standards for classroom assessment. Includes 12 hours of Career and Technical Student Organization Competitive Event Assessment at the state/national level.

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

Prereq: FCEDS 413; 24 credits in family and consumer sciences subject matter; cumulative grade point of 2.50; admission to teacher education, reservation required.
Supervised teaching experience in secondary schools.

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

Prereq: FCEDS 413, 24 credits in family and consumer sciences subject matter, cumulative grade point of 2.50, admission to teacher education, reservation required.
Supervised teaching experience in secondary schools.

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

Prereq: FCEDS 413, 24 credits in family and consumer sciences subject matter, cumulative grade point of 2.50, admission to teacher education, reservation required.
Supervised teaching experience in secondary schools.

(3-0) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: Admission to teacher education, FCEDS 413 or concurrent enrollment in FCEDS 413.
Investigation into the philosophy of Career and Technical Education (CTE). 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. Includes educational opportunities off campus for professional development and career advancement. May be used toward Multioccupations Endorsement.

(Cross-listed with EDUC). (0-4) Cr. 2. Repeatable. F.S.

Prereq: FCEDS 306 and admission to teacher education.
Laboratory experience in foods, textiles, and human development related to family and consumer sciences exploratory programs. Planning, implementing, managing and assessing laboratory lessons in family and consumer sciences. Includes 48 hours practicum and supervised individual teaching. 1/2 day of time needed in schedule. 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.