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Family and Consumer Sciences Teaching

  • Available as major (B.S. degree) and minor
    Equip people to survive and thrive in their daily lives. Show them how to apply their knowledge and skills in real-world situations. Make learning enjoyable and easier for them in an interactive environment with lots of hands-on activities. Become a teacher, and open the world of family and consumer sciences for your students. 

  • As one of only seven schools in Illinois that offers the Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) Education major, Olivet is committed to preparing you for more than a job. We prepare you for the career of a lifetime.

    At Olivet, you can:

    • Study foods and nutrition, sewing, interior design, consumer economics, child development and family management.
    • Get endorsements in foods and nutrition, clothing and textiles, and living environments.
    • Be certified in CPR, first aid, and food and safety sanitation.
    • Learn lesson preparation and classroom management skills.
    • And so much more!

    This degree program prepares you to be certified to teach in middle and secondary schools. In addition to completing all aspects of our teacher education program, you will be required to take the Illinois certification tests. You may also want to take a national exam through the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences to become a certified FACS professional (CFCS).

    Working as a classroom teacher, you will cover a variety of areas, including child development, family living, consumer economics, foods and nutrition, clothing and textiles, living environments, interpersonal relationships, human sexuality, parenting, family financial management, consumer purchasing, resource management.

    If you work in community education programs or cooperative extension services, you may be teaching diverse populations – children, youth, adults, people with disabilities, senior adults, business professionals and others. Some of the most common topics you will be covering include: problem solving, parenting, relationship, job skills; wellness and nutrition; clothing selection; time and money management. You may also be called on to prepare and write educational materials.

    In adult education programs, you may be the teacher for courses in nutrition and food safety, retirement planning, consumer economics, family relationships, and other areas.

    Putting knowledge to work

    Be part of a service project team reaching out area communities. Past service projects include:  

    • Redecorating Salvation Army Thrift Store, Kankakee
    • Recycling project at ONU and in the community
    • Ronald McDonald Family Fall Fest
    • Half Pint Health Fair
    • Hoops for Hunger, benefiting Center of Hope, Kankakee
    • Empowerment for a Brighter Future, supporting adult education through child care

    Join the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) as a student member. On campus, work with other members on projects, learn more about careers and enjoy social activities, too.

    Before your student teaching experience, you will complete between 100 to 130 hours of field experiences. The Teacher Education Program will assist you in securing the school placements for all your field experiences. Our Student Education Association (SEA) is an organization to help you do additional “educational service” activities each academic year.

    SEA empowers you and other future educators to invest in the lives of the next generation. Through professional and social activities, you will bond with other students, faculty and educators who are already working in their chose careers. SEA is the largest student organization on campus with more than 200 students who take part in activities each year. We make a major impact in the surrounding school districts and community!

    Your student teaching assignment gives you experience in taking on more responsibilities for directing the learning activities of a group of students in a “real-world” classroom. The minimum time is 60 full official school days. You will be supervised by a classroom teacher, the principal of the school, and the University Supervisor. A faculty member will observe you on site. This is a time for you to grow, learn and develop as a teacher.


    If you: 

    • Enjoy working with preteen, teen and adult learners
    • Like variety in your work
    • Believe you can make a difference in the quality of life through education
    • Want to help improve families and communities
    • Are a patient, nurturing, creative, organized, dependable person
    • Excel at explaining activities step-by-step

    then a career as a family and consumer sciences teacher may be the right one for you.

    The need for FACS teachers continues to grow nationwide, and this specialty is still on the State of Illinois’ critical needs list. Many current teachers are now retiring, so more jobs are becoming available.

    This is a brief over view of what the School of Education and Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offer to students. For more detailed information about procedures and requirements, go to the online catalog.

    Family and Consumer Sciences Education is part of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences within the School of Professional Studies and the School of Education.  

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  • Gain the skills and knowledge you need to teach Family and Consumer Sciences at the middle school or high school level.

  • Department Faculty

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    Catherine Anstrom

    Debra Kimberlin

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