Family & Consumer Sciences Education, MS
Master of Science Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education
Admissions and Requirements
Courses You’ll Take
Tuition & Fees
The online Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences Education program is designed for individuals who are seeking initial teacher certification or licensure in family and consumer sciences education and for those who have a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences education and want to expand their credential.
Family and Consumer Sciences Education helps students develop human literacy as they master a complex set of essential skills and knowledge needed to achieve quality of life.
Students in this program learn to:
- Plan curriculum for teaching
- Create a physical and psychological environment for learning
- Engage students in the learning process
- Examine the relationship of diverse groups and the education process
- Analyze the historical and philosophical underpinnings of FCS
- Assume professional responsibilities
- Apply research to practice
Students choose this program because of a passion for teaching students in the areas of:
- Family diversity and vitality
- Resource management
- Home environments
- Textiles and apparel construction
- Leadership and relationships
- Human development
This online master's degree provides professional education (pedagogy) requirements for a family and consumer sciences teaching certificate for most states. Students must meet the requirements of the state in which they wish to be certified since standards for teacher certificate vary by state.
Alternatively, upon completion of this master's degree, students may choose to develop and conduct youth programming in an informal educational setting.
This unique program offers two different options for those pursuing a degree in this field.
Option A: For those seeking initial teacher certification
- 38-41 credit hour program of student for students with a bachelor's degree in a FCS education content specialization or related area who seek initial teacher certification or licensure in FCS education
- 2-6 credit hours of practicum
- 6-9 credit hours of student teaching (depending on certification requirements)
- Standards for teacher certification vary by state. Students are responsible for identifying and meeting requirements in the state where they wish to be certified. This may include additional coursework, tests or other requirements.
Option B: For certified FCS teachers and professionals
- 36 credit hour program of study for professionals in family consumer sciences education including certified teachers who seek professional development and career advancement
- This program provides continuing education to maintain and sustain high quality FCS programs in middle and secondary school settings and other settings
Career Outlook: The demand for Family and Consumer Sciences educators has grown due to the shortage in qualified teachers.
Career paths may include:
- Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher
- Extension Educator
- 4-H Assistant
- Curriculum Specialist
- Service Unit Educator
- Human Resources Professional
- Social Service Providers
Admissions and Requirements
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
A Bachelor's degree
2.5 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
Taken the TOEFL or IELTS
(Only required if English is not your native language)
A written personal statement
Statement of Professional Goals and Resume
3 letters of recommendation
Official/Unoffical transcripts from all previous schools
Praxis Core scores are required for those applying for initial teacher certification
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
Courses You’ll Take
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
|CYAF 897E||Practicum in Family and Consumer Sciences Education||1 - 3|
Development and implementation of teaching plans in supervised schools grades 7-12. Observation of the effectiveness of classroom management practices. Prerequisite: Admission to CYAF degree program and permission Pass/No Pass only.
|TEAC 861||Education for a Pluralistic Society: Foundation and Issues||3|
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.
|CYAF 850||Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences with Technology||3|
Integration of technology in the family and consumer sciences classroom focusing on the National Education Technology Standards (NETS). Prerequisite: Admission to the CYAF graduate program Distance education course delivered by South Dakota State University.
|CYAF 805||Administration in Family and Consumer Sciences Education||3|
Administration of family and consumer sciences programs. Emphasis on educational leadership and related issues in a variety of educational settings. Prerequisite: Admission to CYAF graduate program or permission.
|CYAF 899||Master's Thesis||6 - 10|
Prerequisites: Admission to master's degree program and permission of major adviser
|Evaluation and Assessment||Evaluation and Assessment||3|
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. Prerequisite: Admission to CYAF Graduate program or permission.
|CYAF 804A||Family and Consumer Sciences Methods I||3|
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. Prerequisite: Admission to CYAF degree program and permission. Distance education delivered by Central Washington State University.
|CYAF 804B||Family and Consumer Sciences Methods II||3|
Prereq: Admission to CYAF graduate program and permission. 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. Prerequisite: Admission to CYAF graduate program and permission. Distance education course delivered by Texas Tech University.
|SPED 801B||Accommodating Exceptional Learners in the Secondary School Classroom||3|
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. Prerequisite: Admission to the Teacher Education Program; EDPS 362; one methods course; or permission.
|CYAF 825||Reading in the Content Area||3|
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. Prerequisite: Admission to CYAF graduate program.
|CYAF 898||Research Experience in Child, Youth & Family Studies||1 - 5|
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. Prerequisite: 18 hours CYAF and/or social sciences. CYAF 898 requires a contract with a CYAF faculty member.
|CYAF 855||Psychology of Adolscence||3|
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. Prerequisite: Admission to the CYAF graduate program and permission.
|CYAF 818||History and Philosophy of FACS and Career and Technical Education||3|
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. Prerequisite: Admission to CYAF degree program and permission.
|CYAF 812||Supervision of Secondary Student Teachers||3|
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. Prerequisite: Admission to CYAF graduate program or permission.
|CYAF 809||Curriculum Development in Family and Consumer Sciences||3|
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. Prerequisite: Admission to CYAF graduate program or permission.
|CYAF 897J||Student Teaching in Family and Consumer Sciences Education||6 - 9|
Prerequisites: Admission by application; completion of all required methods courses and practice 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 808||Occupational Programs in FACS||3|
Planning and implementing occupational Family and Consumer Sciences programs in career and technical education. Cooperative education, career pathways, and work-based education. Prerequisite: Admission to CYAF graduate program or permission. Distance education course delivered by Iowa State University.
|CYAF 893||Special Topics in Contemporary Family Issues||1 - 3|
Current issues that today's families experience. Topics vary and include, for example: Gender and family, low-income families, fathers and fatherhood, families with children who have disabilities.
Tuition & Fees
Per Credit Hour
3 Credit Hours
Out of State Residents
Per Credit Hour
3 Credit Hours
Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.