Standards for teacher certification vary by state, and students must meet the requirements of the state in which they want to be certified. Additional requirements may include courses in the teaching specialization, tests, and/or other requirements.

Nationwide, there is strong demand for Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) teacher, with the most severe need in rural areas. Consider these two FCS degree options.

Option A: Master's degree in FCS Education


This degree is for for those seeking initial teacher certification.
Option A is a 38- to 41-credit-hour program of study for students with a bachelor's degree in a FCS Education content specialization or a related area who seek initial teacher certification or licensure in FCS Education. This includes 2-6 credit hours of practicum and 6-9 credit hours of student teaching (depending on certification requirements). Standards for teacher certification vary by state. Students are responsible for identifying and meeting requirements in the state where they want to be certified. This may include additional coursework, tests, or other requirements.

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 of study for professionals in FCS 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 and other settings.

Courses are offered over a three-year period, with the participating institutions sharing the teaching responsibilities for each course. The degree awarding institution is responsible for placement of students for practicum and internship experiences.

Great Plains IDEA Student Handbook

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



Program Summary
Cost per credit hour:

2017-2018: $565
2018-2019: $580

38–41 Hours

36 Hours

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
Tracia Hogue
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.

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