Average time to complete:
Master's Option A: 28 months
Master's Option B: 23 months
Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Education 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
Not sure if FCS Education is right for you?
- 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.
- See what students and alumni are saying about the FCS Education programs.
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 Education, who want to become teachers of FCS Education. 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 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 Education 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.
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Degree titles vary by university. Consult each university for the title as it will appear on the diploma.
"Coming from a culinary background, I was unsure of how to make a career for myself until I discovered the FCS Master’s program through GP IDEA. Now that I am a full-time Family and Consumer Science teacher at a local high school, I am still able to balance my school workload with my new professional career. They work hand in hand by combining lesson plans and learning theories. I love being able to apply my school work into my own classroom; it has developed into an amazing learning experience." Kristina Schule, FCS Education student
Option A is for students with a bachelor's degree in a related area who seek initial teacher certification or licensure in FCS Education.
Option B is for FCS Education professionals seeking career advancement or continuing education.