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Family and Consumer Science Education

Program and Application Information
Department Chair:Dr. Chris Ray
Graduate Coordinator:Dr. Mari Borr
Department Location:School of Education, FLC 210
Department Phone:(701) 231-7921
Application Deadline:International applications are due May 1 for fall semester and August 1 for spring and summer semesters. Domestic applicants should apply at least one month prior to the start of classes.
Degrees Offered:M.S., M.Ed.
English Proficiency Requirements:TOEFL ibT 71; IELTS 6

Program Description

Students have the option of pursuing a Master of Education (M.Ed.) or Master of Sciences (M.S.) degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Advanced work may be taken in FCSE, Career and Technical Education, Extension, and curriculum design and development.

The NDSU programs in education are accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and are approved by the ND Education Standards and Practices Board. Changes in national and state legislation, standards, or rules can affect academic program requirements.

Option A

This program is designed for a person who already has a bachelor’s degree in a Family and Consumer Sciences related area and would like to work toward obtaining a teaching license.  Upon completion, the program provides the pedagogy requirements for a Family and Consumer Sciences teaching certificate. 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.  This program is offered through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance.  All courses in this master’s degree are offered online and are taught by faculty at several different universities.  For more information, please see: .

NOTE: Earning an academic/professional degree does not necessarily lead to state credential or licensure. People seeking licensure may need to meet additional requirements such as tests and additional coursework.  Potential and current students should consult with the appropriate academic program coordinator for advice about licensure, certification, or credentialing after communicating with the appropriate state official.

Option B

This program is designed to provide persons who currently hold a teaching degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with an expanded background in Family and Consumer Sciences Education and related content areas. It also examines the broader field of education, with a solid foundation in research methodology. Students are encouraged to complete additional course work in areas of interest. Internships can be incorporated into the program of study and provide an opportunity for students to examine current issues. Candidates should work closely with an adviser.

Admissions Requirements

Qualified students may apply for admission to graduate programs in the School of Education leading to Master of Education (M.Ed.) or Master of Science (M.S.) degrees.

In addition to the Graduate School’s required application materials, the program requires submission of a statement of career goals consistent with the five propositions of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards NBPTS),  as well as reasons for applying to the program. The School of Education reserves the right to obtain additional information about the student's professional competence from qualified professionals.

Those applying to Option A will also need to pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills exam, meeting ND cut scores in reading, writing and math. See for additional information and to register for the exam.

Admission is considered only after all required application materials have been received and reviewed. Where appropriate, all international student requirements must be met.

Admission decisions are based upon the predicted success of the applicant as a student and professional in the chosen field and are made only after considering all available data. A student must meet all requirements for full admission.

Financial Assistance

Graduate assistantships are available in the School of Education. Applications are considered on the basis of scholarship, potential to undertake advanced study and research, and financial need. Students must be accepted into The Graduate School before they are eligible for an assistantship.

All enrollments in Education courses before the student files a graduate plan of study must be approved by the adviser. The School of Education will evaluate graduate courses taken prior to filing the graduate plan of study when the student's plan of study is being considered. Only those courses approved by the School of Education may be included on the final plan of study leading to the degree.

Master's programs within the School of Education require a minimum of 30 semester credits (minimums vary by academic program). The Master of Science (M.S.) degree requires a disquisition. The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree is a non-disquisition, practitioner-oriented degree. Programs vary on requiring a written comprehensive exam or a portfolio/oral.

 Option A Program (Master of Education)

Education Courses9
Students and Their Learning
Exceptional Learners in the Secondary School Classroom
Content Area Reading
Major Concentration21
Methods of Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences I: Techniques
Methods of Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences II: Professional Practices
Vocational Philosophy and Policy
Human Relations for Educators
Occupational Programs in Family and Consumer Science
Teaching Family and Consumer Science with Technology
Research Design in Family and Consumer Sciences
Field Experiences11
Student Teaching
Practicum/Internship (with H&CE 668 & H&CE 682P )
Total Credits41

Option B Program (Master of Science or Master of Education) 

Core Courses15
EDUC 750Reflective Practice and Research in Education3
EDUC 751Students and Their Learning3
EDUC 752Curriculum Design and Delivery3
EDUC 753Managing/ and Monitoring Learning3
EDUC 702Statistics In Educational Research3
Choose from the following:
Advising Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America
Content Area Reading
Program Development In Vocational Education (non -GPIDEA only)
Vocational Philosophy and Policy
Curriculum Development in Family and Consumer Sciences
Occupational Programs in Family and Consumer Science (through GPIDEA only)
Teaching Family and Consumer Science with Technology
Research Design in Family and Consumer Sciences (through GPIDEA only)
Evaluation in Family and Consumer Sciences (through GPIDEA only)
Administration of Family and Consumer Sciences Programs (through GPIDEA only)
Techniques of Supervision in Family and Consumer Sciences (through GPIDEA only)
Issues In Education
Graduate Seminar
Field Experience
Research Paper (as approved by adviser)3-10
Practicum/Internship (Action Research)
H&CE 798Master's Thesis6-10
Total Credits33-49

Mari Borr, Ph.D.
University of North Dakota, 2005
Research Interests: Qualitative Research, Family and Consumer Science Education, Adolescent Development, Experiential Learning, and Professional Development Evaluation