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Related Skills

  • Strong work ethic and professional manners
  • Listen, interpret and communicate effectively
  • Proven leadership skills
  • Enjoy working with children, teens, and adults
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Effective instructor
  • Ability to work individually and in a team
  • Flexible and adaptive skills

Being Successful in the Field

  • Stay informed of new developments and current trends in the field
  • Gain experience through volunteering, internships, and part-time or summer jobs
  • Develop competencies in a specific area of interest
  • Involvement with the school environment and organizations
  • Know your faculty

Related Fields

The Family and Consumer Science Teacher Education major is the largest program and producer for FCS teachers in the state. Our program provides a pathway toward the high-demand career market with multiple teaching job opportunities for every graduate. Careers in FCS Teacher Education include:

  • Middle or High School teacher (Licensed 5-12 grades)
  • Extension Agent
  • Family and Consumer Science Training Consultant

Program Highlights

  • Largest FCS Teacher Education program and producer of FCS teachers in the state
  • High-demand career market with multiple teaching job opportunities for every graduate
  • Supportive student groups and faculty mentoring provide students with a sense of belonging
  • Multiple FCS TE scholarships available

Being Successful in the Field

Get Involved Early

There are endless opportunities to get involved as you work toward becoming an FCS teacher. Begin by joining a student organization like FCSTEA where you’ll have the chance to network with faculty, alumni, and professionals as well as fellow students in the FCS Teacher Education program at ISU.

Consider Earning an Endorsement

Endorsements can help teacher education candidates gain practice in a specific emphasis area and make students more marketable as they search for jobs. More information on endorsements offered at ISU can be found here.


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Career Industry Liaison

Name Office Email Phone
Olanna Pullen  223 Bone Student Center  (309) 438-2200