Curriculum

Master's Degree - Option B - certified FCS teachers and professionals

Core Courses

In this course, students learn procedures for appraisal of individual growth and achievement in all subject areas in family and consumer sciences. Students learn development of evaluative instruments for cognitive, affective, and psychomotor learning and interpretation of data in the evaluation of various types of family and consumer sciences programs.
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.
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.
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.
This course provides university students participation in an ongoing research project in Family and Consumer Sciences Education.
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.
This course involves the integration of technology in the family and consumer sciences classroom focused on the National Education Technology Standards (NETS).

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This course focuses on administration as it relates to Family and Consumer Sciences Education programs. Topics include roles and functions of administration, unique characteristics of educational organizations and implications for educational leadership, historical and theoretical perspectives of administrative practices, traditional and contemporary theories of leadership, leadership styles in educational settings, ethics and leadership, leadership processes, and the implications of current issues on educational leadership.
This course will cover the philosophy, responsibilities, and techniques of supervision of student teachers in Family and Consumer Sciences classrooms and other learning environments.

Elective Courses

Development and administration of programs in family and consumer sciences. Emphasis on professional development, career redirection, and lifelong learning.
This course focuses on the special topic of critical science, both as a theoretical framework and as a practical/rational process for addressing significant and complex problems facing families. Students will explore critical science through reading and discussing published works of scholars, viewing short narrated PowerPoint lectures, and applying principles of critical science to FCSE professional practice and research.
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.
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.
This course allows students to assess how Family and Consumer Science Education professionals can impact family and community issues. Attention will be given to the role of the educator in critically examining these issues through FCS programs.
This course is a study of mental, social, and emotional development of boys and girls during the adolescent period.
In this course, students examine concepts, philosophies, and strategies that influence curricular decisions in Family and Consumer Sciences programs for secondary schools, colleges, universities, and extension programs. Students also examine trends affecting Family and Consumer Sciences programs.
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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.

Research/Thesis

Required or elective courses such as creative components, directed studies, practica, research and theses are available through your home university. Consult with your academic advisor about course selection and scheduling.
Program Summary
Cost per credit hour:

2020-2021: $590
2021-2022: $590

Average time to complete:
Master's Option A: 28 months
Master's Option B: 23 months

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. 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.

Kristina Schule Student Excellence Award Recipient 2021.pngComing 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, Family and Consumer Sciences Education Student
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