Five FAQs: Family & Consumer Sciences Education Instruction

Five FAQs: Family & Consumer Sciences Education Instruction

New associate degree creates transfer option to UW-Stevens Point

| By: Daley-Hinkens, Carmelyn M

An overall teacher shortage continues to be a challenge for Wisconsin school districts but finding Family & Consumer Sciences teachers has become even more difficult over the years.

This fall, Fox Valley Technical College is adding a new program that prepares students to help work in the classroom while also positioning them to transfer to UW-Stevens Point to complete a bachelor’s degree. Trent Sorensen, associate dean of Service, answers five frequently asked questions about the new program.


What is this associate degree all about?

The Family and Consumer Sciences Education Instruction associate degree is focused on preparing individuals to be Family and Consumer Sciences instructors in middle and high schools.  The program is constructed of courses in education, culinary, hospitality, baking and interior design. Graduates, in cooperation with a specific school district, would be able to seek DPI PI 1623 teaching licensure. Graduates also have the option to transfer to UW-Stevens Point to complete their bachelor’s degree in education.

Why did FVTC decide to add this program now?

There are teaching shortages in almost every area; however, there has been a shortage of family and consumer sciences teachers for more than a decade.

Who should consider exploring this program?

Any individual who is interested in helping middle and high school students learn about culinary, education, interior design, etc. is a great candidate. Those who have experience in one of these career areas and would like to shift to teaching are a great fit.

What types of jobs are available?

The associate degree leads to a career as a Family and Consumer Sciences instructor in middle and/or high schools.

What is the earning potential?

Earning potential varies by school district, but a minimum starting salary of $40,000 or above is likely.

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