Master of Science in Family & Consumer Sciences Education (Great Plains IDEA)
Texas Tech University

Program Details

The online Family and Consumer Sciences degree offers students two tracks: a teaching certification track and another non-licensure track for educators and professionals seeking career advancement.

This program is offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA); regionally accredited schools working in partnership to provide students with online opportunities. Students apply at their school of choice.

The Family and Consumer Science program is offered through:

  • Texas Tech University
  • Central Washington
  • North Dakota State University
  • South Dakota State University
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln


  • Requires from 38-41 semester credits for completion
  • A bachelor's degree in a family and consumer sciences content specialization or a related area
  • Students will need to choose and apply at a single home university. Requirements may vary, but typically include:
    • Application form specific to the university
    • Official transcripts 
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Statement of goals
  • For the licensure track: state licensing standards vary from state-to-state. Prospective students should check with the appropriate state agency or university FCS teacher educator in the state where you want to be certified/licensed to obtain information about the certification/licensure standards in that state. You may also request information to learn more.

School Accreditation Statement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges