Family & Consumer Sciences Education

As a family and consumer sciences educator, you're qualified to teach junior high and high school students, in addition to community members in a range of cooperative and corporate education settings.

Preparing You For Success

You participate in classroom field experiences your freshman year, then you gain additional field experiences your sophomore and junior years. These prepare you for the senior year student teaching experience. Bradley faculty and your supervising teachers are valuable mentors throughout the process.
The teacher education department is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. It also is a member of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
By the time you graduate, your experiences include:
  • Courses and projects in nutrition, wellness, hospitality, living environments, and clothing and textiles
  • Student teaching in junior highs and high schools across the Midwest
  • Professional development and licensure in high school (secondary) education
  • Instruction and mentorship from faculty who taught on six continents, published 30 books on education and served in educational leadership at state and national levels
  • Research opportunities with faculty
  • Use of classroom technologies such as Smart Boards, virtual reality, 3-D printing and wearable devices

Making Your Mark

FCS education teachers are in demand. Recent FCS education students who completed the program and graduated boast a 100 percent pass rate on Illinois licensure tests, including the national edTPA portfolio evaluation. Almost all found jobs within six months of graduation.

Many graduates are working as middle school or high school teachers in central Illinois and the Chicago area.

Major Requirements

Family & Consumer Sciences Core - 12-15 hrs.

  • FCS 100 Family Dynamics - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 220 Consumer Issues in Health Care - 3 hrs.
    or FCS 300 Consumer Issues in America - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 310 & 311 Community Program Planning & Evaluation - 6 hrs.
    or FCS 346 Resource Management - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 442 Foundations of FCS - 3 hrs.

FCST Foundational Requirements - 15 hrs.

  • *FCS 140 Introduction to Family & Consumer Sciences - 2 hrs.
  • *FCS 246 Family Systems and Applications - 3 hrs.
  • *FCS 300 Consumer Issues in America - 3 hrs.
  • *FCS 341 Human Development Through the Lifespan - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 440 Family Relations - 3 hrs.
  • *FCS 400 Sr. Seminar in Family & Consumer Sciences - 1 hr.

*FCS Core Requirement

A minimum of 38 semester hours in family and consumer sciences, including the family and consumer sciences core, is required for all family and consumer sciences majors. Students should choose courses in the following concentrations.

Nutrition, Wellness and Hospitality - 22 hrs.

  • FCS 104 Introductory Food Principles - 4 hrs.
  • FCS 203 School Health Promotion - 3 hrs.
    or FCS 303 Nutrition - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 220 Consumer Issues in Health Care - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 306 Community Nutrition - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 309 Investigation of Food Topics - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 405 Food Service Systems - 3 hrs.
    or FCS 408 Management in Food Service - 3 hrs.

Apparel and Textiles - 24-25 hrs.

  • FCS 131 The Fashion Industry- 3 hrs.
  • FCS 133 Apparel Production - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 233 Consumer Textiles - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 231 Pattern Making - 3 hrs.
    or FCS 332 Advanced Clothing Construction - 3 hrs.
    or FCS 330 Fashion Merchandising - 3 hrs. & FCS 331 Fashion Merchandising Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • FCS 235 Apparel Product Development and Analysis - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 334 Visual Merchandising and Promotion - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 335 Survey of Fashion Designers - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 336 History of Fashion - 3 hrs.

Living Environments - 15 hrs.

  • FCS 233 Consumer Textiles - 3 hrs.
  • *FCS 246 Family Systems and Applications - 3 hrs.
  • *FCS 300 Consumer Issues in America - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 334 Visual Merchandising and Promotion - 3 hrs.
  • FCS 357 Housing and Interior Design - 3 hrs.

*FCS Core Requirement