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M.Ed. in Family & Consumer Sciences Education

Information Session: Become a Family & Consumer Sciences Teacher


Program Description

Sample plan of study

Frequently asked questions

Graduate faculty information

Admission requirements

Tuition and Fees

Contact information



Program Description

The online M.Ed. in Family and Consumer Sciences Education prepares students 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 family and consumer sciences, assume professional responsibilities, and apply research to practice.

The online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Family and Consumer Sciences Education program is designed for individuals who have a bachelor's degree in a family and consumer sciences (FACS) content specialization or a related area, and are seeking initial teaching certification/licensure in family and consumer sciences. The program will offer the pedagogy (professional development) courses needed for certification/licensure. Depending on the individual’s bachelor’s degree, there will most likely be several content courses that will need to be taken as well to meet licensing requirements.  Licensing also involves state mandated tests.  Student teaching is included in this program.  Teacher certification/licensure standards vary by state, and students must meet all the requirements in the state in which they wish to become certified. These may include additional courses in the teaching specialization, testing, and other requirements. Prior to admission, students will be required to develop a certification plan based on the standards of the state in which they want to be certified.

To qualify for the master's degree, students must be admitted to the program, take the necessary course work, and meet the master's degree requirements of NDSU. The program is a 36-41 credit hour program. 


Family and Consumer Science Education Brochure.pdf

Great Plains IDEA FCS Student Handbook (Microsoft Word) 

Great Plains IDEA FCS Student Handbook (pdf)


If you are interested in teaching family and consumer science, you may also be interested in our online Apparel, Retail Merchandising, and Design Undergraduate Certificate.


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Sample Plan of Study

Required Core Courses:

Elective Courses:

Additional Courses:

Total Credits: 38-41


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Frequently Asked Questions

How does licensing work for the M.Ed. in FACS program if I am not from ND?

There are two ways to obtain a license for the online M.Ed. in Family and Consumer Sciences program. We have found that it is usually easiest to get a North Dakota (ND) teaching license and take it to the state in which you wish to teach.  There may be a couple of courses that your teaching state will require in addition to having the ND teaching license, but they usually will allow you to teach for a couple of years and take the additional courses during that time.  It is very important to make sure that your state will honor a license from ND should you choose this route. The second way is to be in very close contact with the state teacher licensing board in the state in which you wish to teach and to take the content area courses (in addition to the Great Plains Master’s courses) which your state requires.  In ND, you would be licensed for grades 7-12. 

My undergraduate GPA is lower than a 3.0.  Am I still eligible to apply to this program?

What you will need to do is first apply as a non-degree seeking graduate student.  You will need to take 3 graduate courses (3 credits each) in the FACS GPIDEA program and achieve at least a B in each of the courses.  At that time, you can apply to our program as a degree-seeking student and the nine credits will transfer into the program.  You can only transfer in 9 credits, so you will want to make sure to apply as degree-seeking as soon as possible after taking those courses (or while taking the last of the courses).

I am seeking a FACS teaching license.  Will I need to take any additional courses besides those listed in the GPIDEA master’s program?

You will most likely need to take some undergraduate “content” courses along with the courses in the FACS master’s program.  These are not required for the degree, but they are required for licensure.   As each state has different requirements, you will need to contact the Department of Instruction or Education Standards and Practices Board in the state where you would like to become licensed.  If you are planning to become licensed in ND, Mari .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) has a list of the required courses.  The exact courses you will need also depends upon the courses you took during your previous college work.

Who is my advisor and how will we communicate?

Your advisor will be Dr. Mari Borr .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).   She is an Associate Professor in Teacher Education at NDSU, and also taught middle school and high school Family and Consumer Sciences for fourteen years in North Dakota.  It is important to contact her immediately when you have questions.  Also, she will contact you twice a year (October and March) to set up advising meetings to plan your courses for the upcoming semester.  Although it is not necessary to meet in person, meeting via phone, FaceTime, or Skype will be important for making sure you are on track with your plan of study and to ensure a timely graduation.


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Graduate Faculty

For information about graduate faculty for this program as well as their current research interests, visit the M.Ed. in Family and Consumer Sciences Education bulletin page.



Admission Information

Apply for admission

For current admission requirements, visit the M.Ed. in Family and Consumer Sciences Education bulletin page.


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Contact Information

NDSU School of Education
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Web: http://www.ndsu.edu/education/

NDSU Graduate School
Phone: 701-231-5945
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Web: www.ndsu.edu/gradschool/


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