Child, Youth & Family Studies: Specialization in Family & Consumer Science Education
M.S. Degree: Masters Program Type: Online Interest: Family and Consumer Science Education

Designed for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences or a related area, and are seeking initial teacher certification or licensure in family and consumer sciences education.

There is a nationwide shortage of family and consumer sciences teachers, especially in rural areas.

This degree prepares you to:
  • Plan curriculum for teaching
  • Create a physical and psychological environment for learning
  • Engage students in the learning process
  • Examine the relationship of diverse groups and the educational process
  • Analyze the historical and philosophical underpinnings of FACS
  • Assume professional responsibilities
  • Apply research to practice

Who should consider this degree:

  • Family and Consumer Sciences teacher (grades 7-12)
  • Extension educator
  • 4-H professional
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Service unit educator
  • A human resources professional in government, business or industry

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U.S. News and World Report Rankings2016 U.S. News and World Report rankings place this program 14th on the list of "Best Online Graduate Education Programs."


Tuition & Fees For Family & Consumer Science

Great Plains IDEA Program »

This program is part of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA), a consortium of 11 universities offering fully online graduate programs. Each university brings a unique strength to the multi-institution academic programs.

  • You apply, and are admitted at one university. In this case the University of Nebraska-Lincoln;
  • enroll in your courses at UNL and other Great Plains IDEA member institutions; and,
  • graduate or receive a certificate from UNL.

View GPIDEA Family & Consumer Science information.

Graduate: Application & Admission

Program & Courses

The program provides pedagogy requirements for a family and consumer sciences teaching certificate in Nebraska and most states.

Teacher certification requirements vary by state. Contact the family and consumer sciences teacher training institution in the state where you want to teach.

It's a 38-41 credit hour program with courses offered over a 3 year period.

Participating institutions share teaching responsibilities for each course. Institutions include:

  • Kansas State University
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • University of Missouri
  • Oklahoma State University
  • South Dakota State University

Actual course titles may vary from institution to institution.

The degree awarding institution is responsible for your placement in practicum and internship experiences.

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Transfer Credits

Each degree program within the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is responsible for evaluating transfer credit and determining how the credit will apply to your specific degree program.

The evaluation of transfer credit is based on a review of the comparability of the nature, content and level of the learning experience and its appropriateness to the degree program.

If you're interested in transferring credit, you will need to consult with the UNL academic department associated with your major. In most instances, you will be requested to submit the respective course syllabus.

Transfer credit information for graduate degrees

Career Services

If you’re enrolled as a degree seeking student in a UNL program you’ll have access to the same career services as on-campus students. Don’t live in the immediate area? We’ll come to you by providing phone or Skype consultations.

After you graduate, the Nebraska Alumni Association will continue to help with resources and events for job seekers.


Online courses are taught by the same award-winning professors and researchers who teach on-campus classes.

Faculty advisers will help you choose courses that will define your personal and career goals while completing your degree.

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