Online Family and Consumer Sciences Master's Degree Programs

Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) 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.  Our master's degrees are 100% online and will allow you to work in a variety of settings, for example:

  • Middle/junior or high schools
  • Community-based educational venues like Extension Services
  • Non-traditional educational settings, such as the state or federal prison system, the trainer for a corporate company, or a director of educational services for a nonprofit

FAQs for FCS Education

Not sure if FCS is right for you? 

  • Watch this alumnus explain why you should Say Yes to FCS!
  • Listen to ConnectFCSed, a podcast produced and hosted by GP IDEA alumni Barbara Scully. The podcast is focused on recruiting, supporting, and maintaining FCS educators in the modern-day home economics classroom.

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.

Alumni Robert Hand smiling while wearing a suite jacket and tie.

Alumni named Washington state's 2019 Teacher of the Year

Robert Hand, a family and consumer sciences instructor at Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, WA, and alumni of this Great Plains IDEA program, was named Washington state's 2019 Teacher of the Year.  Read more about this great honor.


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.

Listen to instructor Sheree Moser explain her goals as a teacher.  Whether teaching on campus or online, Dr. Moser always puts her students first.

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. 

“This was an amazing program. The professors were so knowledgeable and easy to communicate with. I loved collaborating with fellow classmates. Even though it was all online, it never felt like my professors or classmates were around the country. I learned more in my 3 years in the program than in my whole undergrad!”

Student survey response, Family & Consumer Sciences Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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 start making your community a better place?  Learn how to get started!

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. Bree Devlin
Melissa Selders-Ortez
Karla Sisco
Aimee Maher
Tristin Campbell
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.

– – Angela Stagg, Early Care & Education for a Mobile Society Graduate
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