Family & Consumer Sciences Education, MS

Master of Science Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 41
  • $590.00
  • $590.00

Why Pursue This Program

The online Family and Consumer Sciences Education, MS 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 credentials. 

Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) professionals help individuals, families and communities make informed decisions to improve their well-being and relations by providing resources for a better 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 between diverse groups and the education process
  • Analyze the historical and philosophical underpinnings of FCS
  • Assume professional responsibilities 

Apply research to practice according to the National State Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences, the mission of Family and Consumer Sciences Education is to prepare students for family life, work life and careers in Family and Consumer Sciences by providing opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors needed for success, including: 

  • Strengthening the well-being of individuals and families across the life span. 
  • Becoming responsible citizens and leaders in family, community and work settings. 
  • Promoting optimal nutrition and wellness across the life span.
  • Managing resources to meet the material needs of individuals and families. 
  • Balancing personal, home, family and work lives.
  • Using critical and creative thinking skills to address problems in diverse family, community and work environments. 
  • Managing life, employment and careers successfully. 
  • Functioning effectively as providers and consumers of goods and services. 
  • Appreciating human worth and accepting responsibility for one's actions and success in family and work life. 

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 certificates 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 an FCS education content specialization or related area who seek initial teacher certification or licensure in FCS education
  • 2-6 credit hours of practicum
  • 1-9 credit hours of student teaching based on Nebraska 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 & Consumer Sciences educators has grown due to the shortage of qualified teachers. In 2016, the number of jobs available for FCS educators was 219,400. The median in this field was $54,020 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A Bachelors degree is required in order to teach students as a Family & Consumer Sciences teacher.

Career fields in family and consumer sciences may include: 

  • Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher
  • Post-Secondary Educator
  • Extension Educator
  • 4-H Assistant
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Service Unit Educator
  • Human Resources Professional
  • Social Service Providers

What's it like to take a program online?

Quality learning experience

The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.


Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.

Service you expect from a leading University

Online learners at the University of Nebraska have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. An academic adviser will guide you along your journey, library services are available to help you excel in your program and career services are available when you are ready to take your next step. These are just a few of the services in place to help you succeed.

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.