Master's Degree - for initial teacher certification

Core Courses

Education in a Pluralistic Society (Multicultural Education/Human Relations)

This course focuses on educational practices and policies for people from historically oppressed groups in the U.S. foundations of multicultural education. Students discuss contemporary educational issues within the context of multicultural and cultural diversity and critique curricular materials and resources promoting a multicultural perspective.

Exceptional Learners in the Secondary School Classroom (Special Education)

In this course, student learn about legal and ethical requirements for educating exceptional learners; identification, referral, and placement procedures; development and use of the Individualized Education Program; strategies for teaching and evaluating; and managing the academic and social behaviors of a range of exceptional and other at-risk learners in the secondary school.

FCS Methods I

The focus of this course is analysis and development of curriculum and methods of teaching Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) in the context of the National Standards for FCS Education, the National Standards for Teachers of FCS and the standards for the state in which the candidate will teach. This course includes these content topics: learners and the learning environment, professionalism, beginning instructional strategies, writing objectives, developing lesson plans, assessment, curriculum development, integration of technology in the FCS classroom, and the national student organization Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

FCS Methods II

This course addresses application of theories of learning and human development in selecting teaching strategies and instructional resources for Family and Consumer Sciences. Topics of the course include long range planning, classroom management, laboratory management, assessment and program evaluation, marketing/public relations, models of teaching, and the national student organization Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).

History and Philosophy of FCS Education

Students learn historical, philosophical, and legislative bases of family and consumer sciences education. Course content includes the role of family and consumer sciences in secondary schools and other educational settings.

Occupational Programs in FCS

This course is about planning and implementing occupational Family and Consumer Sciences programs in career and technical education. Course content includes cooperative education, career pathways, and work-based education.

Practica

The practicum experience is centered on the observation of, the participation in, and reflection on the various roles and responsibilities of the Family and Consumer Sciences teacher and the profession of teaching. Through observation in the classrooms, class preparations, and discussions, the student begins to construct the knowledge base needed to be an effective career and technical classroom teacher in Family and Consumer Sciences.

Psychology of Adolescence

This course is a study of mental, social, and emotional development of boys and girls during the adolescent period.

Reading in the Content Area

This course introduces students to the relevance and need for incorporating reading and developing reading skills in middle and high school classrooms. Students in this course learn how to use a variety of materials in the classroom, including textbooks, literature, Internet resources, and media, to help secondary students, grades 8-12, learn family and consumer sciences information.

Research Experience in Family and Consumer Sciences

This course provides university students participation in an ongoing research project in Family and Consumer Sciences Education.

Student Teaching in Family and Consumer Sciences

This course provides students actual experience in the teaching of Family and Consumer Sciences (10-weeks minimum) for a supervised student teaching experience. One middle level and one high school experience are required.

Teaching FCS with Technology

This course involves the integration of technology in the family and consumer sciences classroom focused on the National Education Technology Standards (NETS).

Elective Courses

FCCLA

This course is an introduction to the national student organization Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and its programs. This course is for new advisors and college students enrolled in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) teacher preparation programs. Topics include history and philosophy of FCCLA, chapter affiliation and governance, educational and service related projects, integrating FCCLA activities with the FCS curriculum, and publicizing and promoting FCCLA.

Professional Development Experience

Enhance your career through a wide variety of professional development experiences by utilizing local, state, national and international professional associations. Identify the importance of building a professional network in Family and Consumer Sciences, Home Economics, government, business, and non-profit organizations. Emphasis is given to leadership and professional development, while drawing upon professional and personal experiences at the state, national and international level. This course will help you to identify your leadership style and analyze your leadership potential for building your own network and memorable experiences at the national and international level.

Profession in Focus

Course description coming soon.

IFHE Study Tour

Course description coming soon.

Research/Thesis

Thesis

Program Summary
Cost per credit hour:

Summer 2017: $545
2017-2018: $565

38–41 Hours


36 Hours

University Contact
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Karen Murie
Theresa Ireland
Leslie McClure Myatt
Lisa King
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