Program Summary
Cost per credit hour:

2018-2019: $580

38–41 Hours


36 Hours

Family and Consumer Sciences professionals help individuals, families and communities make informed decisions to improve their well-being and relationships by providing resources for a better quality of life.  With a degree in FCS, you can work in a variety of settings, for example:

  • Early childhood, elementary, middle or high schools
  • Community-based educational venues like Extension Services
  • Companies that produce goods and services

In this video, instructor Roxie Godfrey speaks about the high demand for Family and Consumer Sciences Education teachers.

Option A: Master's degree in FCS Education

 

This degree is for those seeking initial teacher certification.
Option A is a 38-41 credit hour program for students with a bachelor's degree in an area related to FCS, who want to become teachers of FCS. Students in this program often have bachelor's degrees in fields such as elementary education, special education, interior design, fashion design, textiles, nutrition or early childhood. 

As an FCS educator, you may provide instruction on topics such as nutrition and wellness, food science, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, human development, textiles and apparel and consumer issues.

Standards for teacher certification vary by state. You are responsible for identifying and meeting requirements in the state where you want to be certified. This may include additional coursework, such as teacher prep courses, or state-mandated tests.  

Each university has slightly different requirements for practicum and internship experiences, which is why the programs required number of credits ranges from 38 to 41.  Your academic advisor at your home university will guide you through each step of your educational journey.

Option B: Master's degree in FCS Education

 

This degree option is for certified FCS teachers and professionals.
Option B is a 36-credit hour program for professionals in Family and Consumer Sciences Education.  The curriculum is flexible, providing you the opportunity to pursue areas that interest you most.  If you are a certified teacher seeking professional development and career advancement, this program will help you achieve your goals. 

How does this degree program work?

Our program is offered completely online, providing flexibility for busy adults who don’t have access or time to attend on-campus classes.  Visit our How It Works webpage to learn more, or watch this short video.

Ready to get started?  Visit our Getting Started page to learn what to do next. 

Still have questions?  Check out our FAQ section of the website.

Great Plains IDEA Student Handbook

Degree titles vary by university.  Consult each university for the title as it will appear on the diploma.

Option A is for students with a bachelor's degree in a related area who seek initial teacher certification or licensure in FCS Education.

Course List for Option A

Option B is for FCS Education professionals seeking career advancement or continuing education.

Course List for Option B

University Contact
These campus coordinators can help you navigate Great Plains IDEA. Click on the university name to learn more about how Great Plains IDEA works at that campus. Karen Bergh
Karen Murie
Aimee Maher
Leslie McClure Myatt
Lisa King
University Members
Members of the Great Plains IDEA are universities accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Member universities recruit, admit and graduate students, teach in an academic program and contribute to the leadership and maintenance of the alliance. Membership in the alliance is a selective process that engages institutional leadership at all levels.

– – April-Dawn Knudsen, Community Development Graduate