Being a Home Economics teacher
Home Economics teachers help students tackles issues from family health and lifestyle to budgeting, childcare and parenting, nutrition and diet, food preparation and hygiene, fashion and textiles, and consumer studies.
To teach Home Economics, you’ll need to study a relevant degree plus a Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) or a degree that combines education with a Home Economics subject. And if these options don’t quite work for your circumstances, there are some alternative routes to consider.
Four-year university courses
The University of the Highlands and Islands (Perth College) offers an undergraduate degree in Home Economics teaching, the BA (Hons) Food, Nutrition and Textiles Education.
There are four undergraduate degrees at Scottish universities that meet the entry requirements for the PGDE Home Economics.
PGDE university courses
Here are the universities you can study for a PDGE in Home Economics at secondary level. Entry requirements vary so it’s best to check with the course provider.
Alternate routes into teaching
There are a number of new teacher education programmes designed to offer flexibility and encourage diversity in the profession. These include:
- HNC Professional Cookery – University of the Highlands and Islands
- Distance Learning Initial Teacher Education PGDE Secondary – University of Aberdeen
- Supported Induction Route (SIR) with a focus on STEM subjects – University of Dundee
There are other undergraduate degrees that would be eligible to apply for the HE PGDE if ‘top-up’ qualifications were gained.
‘Top-up’ degree examples
Here’s an example of some undergraduate degrees that require ‘top up’ qualifications to be eligible for the HE PGDE:
- Glasgow Caledonian University: BSc Hospitality Management and BSc Food Bioscience
- University College Birmingham: BSc Applied Food and Nutrition
- Sheffield Hallam University: BSc Food and Nutrition
- College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (Northern Ireland): BSc Food Design and Nutrition
If you are considering a career in teaching I would say take some time to come into a school to see what it is really like and speak to teachers about the profession.
Lynn Robertson - Home Economics Teacher at Cult Academy