How Do I Become a Home Economics Teacher? - Video
Home Economics Teachers teach students about child care, family relations, consumer sciences and related topics. Like other teachers, Home Ec teachers need at least a bachelor's degree to work with students in a classroom setting. Learn more about the specific education and licensing requirements for Home Economics Teachers.
Education and Training
To become a Home Economics Teacher, you must earn at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited college, university or professional development school. You can earn a bachelor's degree in education, family and consumer sciences or a related field. Most bachelor degree programs will take four years to complete.
Some Home Economics Teachers also go on to earn a master's degree in education or family and consumer sciences after earning a bachelor's degree. Master's programs generally take two years to complete and result in a higher teaching pay scale.
Licensing and Certification
Like all teachers, Home Economics Teachers need to be licensed to work in a public school. Licensure must be obtained through the State Board of Education or a licensure advisory committee. Although licensing requirements can vary by state, in most cases you will need to be tested in basic skills, such as reading and writing, and demonstrate proficiency in the subjects you will be teaching. In some states, you may be asked to complete technology training or a period of supervised practice teaching.
In addition to a license, Home Economics Teachers can seek voluntary national certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. To earn national certification, you must pass a written exam and a teaching examination. You must also submit a portfolio of your work in the classroom for evaluation. National certification can lead to a higher salary and may allow you to carry your teacher's license from one state to another.