Over the past five years, Illinois State family and consumer science teacher education majors with a bachelor's degree obtained teaching positions with starting salaries ranging from $28,000 to $42,000. It is not uncommon for our students to receive six or seven job offers during their last semester or after they graduate.
Each year the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at Illinois State receives calls and written announcements posting openings for Family and Consumer Sciences teachers that are not listed in any placement bulletins. These include position openings not only in Illinois, but in California, Michigan, Wisconsin, Florida, Indiana, and Missouri.
In the entire state of Illinois approximately 33 students graduated with a Family and Consumer Sciences teaching degree and are certified to teach. (Illinois Family and Consumer Educators Council, 2000). The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) has passed a resolution and created a task force to address the national shortage of Family and Consumer Science teachers which is a critical concern of the organization (AAFCS,1998).
Professional Practice Areas
Teacher Education graduates often find employment under the following professional practice areas:
Public / private school teacher (middle school and high school)
Preschool / nursery teacher
Area vocational school teacher
Cooperative Extension specialist, community educator, youth educator