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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 of diverse groups and the education process
- Analyze the historical and philosophical underpinnings of FCS
- Assume professional responsibilities
- Apply research to practice
- Strenthening 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 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
- 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 in 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
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:
A bachelor's degree
2.50 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 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
Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.
|Family and Consumer Sciences Methods I||3|
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.
|Family and Consumer Sciences Methods II||3|
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.
|Administration in Family and Consumer Sciences Education||3|
Course Number: CYAF 805
Administration of family and consumer sciences programs. Emphasis on educational leadership and related issues in a variety of educational settings.
|Evaluation and Assessment||3|
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.
|Occupational Programs in FACS||3|
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.
|Curricululm Development in Family and Consumer Sciences||3|
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.
|Supervision of Secondary Student Teachers||3|
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.
|History and Philosophy of FACS and Career and Technical Education||3|
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.
|Reading in the Content Area||3|
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.
|Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences with Technology||3|
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).
|Psychology of Adolscence||3|
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.
|Special Topics in Education||1-3|
Course Number: CYAF 892
Aspects of education not covered elsewhere in the curriculum. Prereqs: EDPS 859 or parallel; EDPS 859 or equivalent
|Practicum in Family and Consumer Sciences Education||1 - 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.
|Student Teaching in Family and Consumer Sciences Education||1-10 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.
|Research Experience in Child, Youth & Family Studies||1 - 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.
Course Number: CYAF 899
|Accommodating Exceptional Learners in the Secondary School Classroom||3|
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.
|Education for a Pluralistic Society: Foundation and Issues||3|
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: $580.00
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $1740.00
Cost for Out of State Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $580.00
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $1740.00
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