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Family & Consumer Sciences Education, MS

Master of Science

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    41
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $545.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $545.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Get the same diploma as on campus students

Many states are experiencing a serious shortage of family and consumer sciences teachers. This fully online master's specialization is designed for individuals who have a bachelor's degree in a family and consumer sciences education content specialization or related area and are seeking initial teacher certification or licensure in family and consumer sciences education. This online master's degree provides professional education (pedagogy) requirements for a family and consumer sciences teaching certificate for most states. Standards for teacher certification vary by state. You must meet the requirements of the state in which you want to be certified. Alternatively, upon completion of this master's degree, you may choose to develop and conduct youth programming in an informal educational setting.

This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (a merger of TEAC and NCATE).
Sheree Moser
Assistant Professor of Practice

Sheree Moser has received several awards for her teaching including the UNL CEHS Distinguished Teaching Award and UNL Parent Association Recognition as a Teacher Who Made a Difference among with many other recognitions. Her professional interests include extensive participation in professional organizations, especially the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and the Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers of Nebraska.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 2.50 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. A written personal statement

    Statement of Professional Goals and Resume

  5. 3 letters of recommendation

  6. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  7. Praxis 1 scores are required for those appling for initial teacher certification

NOTE: If you reside in state(s) NC and KY, please contact a program adviser before applying.

To apply to this program:

  • Apply and be admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee
  • Submit one set of official transcripts from each college or university you have attended to Office of Graduate Studies
  • Apply and be admitted to the department
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Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CYAF 804AFamily and Consumer Sciences Methods I3

Course Number: CYAF 804A

Prereq: Admission to CYAF degree program and permission Distance education course delivered by Central Washington State University. The analysis and development of curriculum and methods of teaching Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) in the context of the National Standards for FCS students, the National Standards for teachers of FCS and the standards for the state in which the candidate will teach. Learners and the learning environment; program leadership; beginning instructional strategies; Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA); curriculum development; integration of technology in the FCS classroom; and assessment.

CYAF 804BFamily and Consumer Sciences Methods II3

Course Number: CYAF 804B

Prereq: Admission to CYAF graduate program and permission. Distance education course delivered by Texas Tech University. Development of curriculum and methods of teaching Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) in the context of the National Standards for FCS students, the National Standards for teachers of FCS and the standards for the state in which the candidate will teach. Learners and the learning environment; program leadership; beginning instructional strategies; Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA); curriculum development; integration of technology in the FCS classroom and assessment.

CYAF 805Administration in Family and Consumer Sciences Education3

Course Number: CYAF 805

Administration of family and consumer sciences programs. Emphasis on educational leadership and related issues in a variety of educational settings.

CYAF 806Evaluation and Assessment3

Course Number: CYAF 806

Procedures for appraisal of individual growth and achievement in all subject areas in family and consumer sciences. Development of evaluative instruments for cognitive, affective, and psychomotor learning and interpretation of data in the evaluation of various types of family and consumer sciences programs.

CYAF 808Occupational Programs in FACS3

Course Number: CYAF 808

Prereq: Admission to CYAF graduate program Distance education course delivered by Iowa State University. Planning and implementing occupational Family and Consumer Sciences programs in career and technical education. Cooperative education, career pathways, and work-based education.

CYAF 809Curricululm Development in Family and Consumer Sciences3

Course Number: CYAF 809

Development of family and consumer sciences programs for secondary schools, colleges, universities, and extension programs. Focus on theories of curriculum and recent trends affecting family and consumer sciences programs.

CYAF 812Supervision of Secondary Student Teachers3

Course Number: CYAF 812

The course is designed to prepare cooperating teachers within Career & Technical Education, specifically, family and consumer sciences. Supervision of student teachers is an essential component of teacher preparation, and as such, the roles of student teacher, cooperating teacher, university supervisor, and state department of education will be analyzed. Mentoring strategies, evaluation and feedback models and collaborative teaching approaches will also be discussed. An opportunity will be provided to address potential areas of concern regarding teacher preparation.

CYAF 818History and Philosophy of FACS and Career and Technical Education3

Course Number: CYAF 818

Prereq: Admission to CYAF degree program and permission Distance education course delivered by University of Nebraska-Lincoln. History, mission, philosophy and development of Family and Consumer Sciences (CYAF) and career and technical education. Societal context for families and communities. Impact of selected legislation on family and consumer sciences programs.

CYAF 825Reading in the Content Area3

Course Number: CYAF 825

Prereq: Admission to CYAF graduate program Basic reading and writing process relating to content literacy including schema theory, comprehension, and second language acquisition. The contribution of content literacy to content material and positive learning environments. Use of a variety of materials including textbooks, literature, Internet resources and media in the content classroom. Assisting diverse students in the use of reading, writing and vocabulary strategies to learn content material.

CYAF 850Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences with Technology3

Course Number: CYAF 850

Prereq: Admission to the CYAF graduate program Distance education course delivered by South Dakota State University. Integration of technology in the family and consumer sciences classroom focusing on the National Education Technology Standards (NETS).

CYAF 855Psychology of Adolscence3

Course Number: CYAF 855

Prereq: Admission to the CYAF graduate program and permission. Distance education course delivered by North Dakota State University. Student differences and ways of adjusting teaching practice to meet individual needs. Application of learning theories to educate the whole child (cognitive, affective, social). Equitable treatment of students.

CYAF 892Special Topics in Education1-3

Course Number: CYAF 892

Aspects of education not covered elsewhere in the curriculum. Prereqs: EDPS 859 or parallel; EDPS 859 or equivalent

CYAF 897EPracticum in Family and Consumer Sciences Education1 - 3 cr., max. 3

Course Number: CYAF 897E

Prereq: Admission to CYAF degree program and permission Pass/No Pass only.  Distance education course delivered by Central Washington State University. Development and implementation of teaching plans in supervised schools grades 7-12. Observation of the effectiveness of classroom management practices.

CYAF 897JStudent Teaching in Family and Consumer Sciences Education1-10 cr, max 10

Course Number: CYAF 897J

Prereq: Admission by application; completion of all required methods courses and practica with a minimum grade of C+ (2.33) in each of these courses. CYAF 897J is 'Pass/No Pass only.' CYAF 897J requires one middle-level experience and one high school experience. Supervised teaching experience in schools.

CYAF 898Research Experience in Child, Youth & Family Studies1 - 5 cr., max. 5

Course Number: CYAF 898

Prereq: 18 hrs CYAF and/or social sciences.  CYAF 898 requires a contract with a CYAF faculty member. Participation in an ongoing research project in child development studies and/or early childhood education, family science, marriage and family therapy, family and financial management, or family and consumer sciences education.

CYAF 899Masters Thesis6-10

Course Number: CYAF 899

SPED 801BAccommodating Exceptional Learners in the Secondary School Classroom3

Course Number: SPED 801B

Prereq: Admission to the Teacher Education Program; EDPS 362; TEAC 297 Legal and ethical requirements for educating exceptional learners; identification, referral, and placement procedures; development and use of the Individual Education Program; strategies for teaching and evaluating; managing the academic and social behaviors of a range of exceptional and other at-risk learners in the secondary school.

TEAC 861Education for a Pluralistic Society: Foundation and Issues3

Course Number: TEAC 861

Educational practices and policies for people from historically oppressed groups in the United States Foundation of multicultural education. Discussion of contemporary educational issues within the context of multicultural and cultural diversity. Critique of curricular materials and resources promoting a multicultural perspective.

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $545.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1635.00

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $545.00
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1635.00

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