Family & Consumer Science Education

FCS Education majors teach learners, parents, and other educational professionals by instructing, consulting, and training in the formal and informal classroom. Students with this degree may teach in the secondary FCS department; teach adults; or work in Cooperative Extension, in retail training departments, and in other corporations with training and public relations departments.

Students who choose the FCS Education major can meet Illinois certification requirements for teaching FCS in junior and senior high schools. Graduates receiving certification have found employment in public schools throughout the United States.

A minimum of 38 semester hours in FCS is required, including the FCS core. Student teaching (ETE 499) fulfills the professional work experience requirement. As in any good program, revisions are being made continually; student should consult the Teacher Education Department Chair about current program requirements.

Secondary teacher candidates should refer to the teacher education department for requirements in professional education courses for secondary education. Candidates will have an advisor in both Family and Consumer Sciences and in the Department of Teacher Education. See Gainful Employment data.

Curriculum & Four Year Plan

Please visit the Undergrad Catalog for the Family & Consumer Science Education requirements.

** Restricted Electives: Refer to previous sheet to determine which of the three concentrations the student wishes to complete. Courses required in FCS are noted.

***NOTE: Students who wish to be a candidate for Middle School Endorsement should complete ETE 227 and ETE 228.

First Semester

  • ETE 115..........................3
  • ETE 116..........................1
  • FCS 140 (required)............2
  • **FCS elective...........3 or 4
  • ENG 101.........................3
  • G.E (MTH)......................3
  • Total Hours..........15 or 16

Third Semester

  • ETE 225...........................4
  • **FCS elective..................3
  • **FCS elective..................3
  • ETE 100...........................1
  • G.E. (MTH or Science)........3
  • G.E. (HP or HL)................3
  • Total Hours...................17

Fifth Semester

  • G.E. (NW)........................3
  • FCS 440 (required).............3
  • **FCS elective...................3
  • **FCS elective...................3
  • Elective............................3
  • G.E. (ECO 100 or PSY 104)...3
  • Total Hours...................18

Seventh Semester

  • FCS 400 (required).............1
  • ETE 378 (offered even yrs....2
  • ETE 379...........................2
  • FCS 342 (required).............3
  • ETE 360...........................3
  • FCS 341...........................3
  • Total Hours...................14

Second Semester

  • ETE 280............................................3
  • G.E.(BIO 121 or CHM 149 w/Lab)...........4
  • COM 103...........................................3
  • **FCS elective....................................3
  • G.E. (ECO 100 or PSY 104)....................3
  • Total Hours....................................16

Fourth Semester

(during this semester, students should take the basic skills test and apply for advancement to candidacy)

  • G.E. (WC)........................................3
  • FCS 246 (required).............................3
  • G.E. (TS or FS).................................3
  • G.E. (FA).........................................3
  • ETE 370...........................................3
  • Total Hours...................................15

Sixth Semester

  • ETE 371...........................................3
  • ETE 342 (required).............................3
  • FCS 300 (required).............................3
  • G.E. (C2).........................................3
  • FCS 303 (B.S.)..................................3
  • Total Hours...................................15

Eighth Semester

  • ETE 490...........................................1
  • ETE 499..........................................10
  • Or make take  for 13 hours without an additional elective course
  • Free elective.....................................3
  • Total Hours...................................14