The University offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) in family and consumer sciences education.
The Family and Consumer Sciences Education Program prepares students to teach family and consumer
sciences at the middle, junior high, and high school levels, as well as in non-school settings such as the
Cooperative Extension Service, community and family service agencies, government agencies, and wellness programs.
In addition, students are qualified to teach and coordinate programs that prepare high school students
to enter the workforce in family and consumer sciences-related occupations, such as early childhood education and
culinary arts careers.
Coursework includes a required core—plus coursework in the following areas:
Human development and family studies
Family resource management
Family and consumer sciences teaching methods
Food and nutrition
Textiles, apparel, and merchandising
Students also complete two years (4,000 clock hours) of successful employment in a recognized family
and consumer sciences-related occupation or 1,500 clock hours of supervised work a recognized family and
consumer sciences-related occupation under the Teacher Education Program coordinator or an equivalent
Early field experiences and student teaching are arranged and supervised by the Bayh College of Education.
In addition, courses in the major provide many discipline-specific experiences (including in-class simulated teaching
experiences) that complement the Bayh College of Education classroom and field experiences. Students also attend
and facilitate professional development conferences and workshops at the local, regional, and state levels, and
may chose to attend national conferences.
A number of activities and organizations enable students to interact with other students and
professionals in the industry. These include the Indiana Association of Family and Consumer Sciences
(INAFCS), the Indiana Association of Career and Technical Education (Indiana ACTE), and the Alpha Phi Chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron,
a national honor society in family and consumer sciences.
In addition to qualifying for teacher licensure in Indiana, our graduates are prepared for a variety of positions in community education, whether in nonprofit agencies, business, or industry.
These positions include:
Consumer service consultant
Health care director
Human resource manager
Specialist in aging agency
Moreover, the family and consumer sciences education undergraduate degree is a solid foundation for graduate study in
counseling or related fields. Those who choose to complete a master's degree become eligible for employment as an educator
in cooperative extension.
According to the United States Department of Labor, employment opportunities for educators, including family and consumer science education teachers,
are expected to be favorable as individuals currently employed in these positions leave the field to
retire or for other opportunities. Employment of family and consumer science teachers is expected to
increase 7 to 13 percent between 2008 and 2018 as student enrollments continue to increase.
In addition, the Family and Consumer Sciences Program is accredited by the
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), the National Council for the
Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Indiana Department of Education,
Division of Professional Standards.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.
In addition, the Department of Applied Health Sciences offers a variety of awards and
scholarships, including the Susan Marie Bareford Outstanding Junior in Family and Consumer Sciences Education.
For information about these awards, contact the department.
Family and Consumer Sciences Education Program
Department of Applied Health Sciences
Indiana State University
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authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any
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requirements at any time.