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Family and Consumer Sciences - Family and Consumer Sciences Education (M.S.)

Master's in Human Sciences - Family & Consumer Sciences Education

Education is not just about knowledge; it is also about skills. If you have a passion for equipping middle and high school students with practical skills in the consumer sciences, SDState Online’s Master’s in Family & Consumer Sciences Education can provide you with the information, techniques and personal experience needed to gain teaching licensure. Taught entirely online, this degree offers flexible course options and may especially appeal to graduates with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, human development or another area of family and consumer sciences. It is also useful for current family and consumer sciences teachers (grades 7-12), extension educators, 4-H professionals, curriculum specialists, service unit educators as well as human resources professionals in government, business or industry.

The program will offer the pedagogy courses needed for certification/licensure. Depending on your bachelor's degree, there will most likely be several content courses that will need to be taken as well to meet licensing requirements and prepare for the certification exam in your state.

The complete Master's experience.


  • Plan curriculum for teaching
  • Engage students in the learning process
  • Assume professional responsibilities
  • Create a physical/psychological learning environment
  • Examine the relationship of diverse groups
  • Apply research to practice


Providing access to the best opportunities.


This program is offered through SDSU's partnership with the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA). Collaborative, multi-institutional online programs expand and diversify your educational opportunities. Courses led by instructors from partner universities and interactions with geographically-dispersed students will broaden your perceptions and knowledge. Learn more >>

"With the online option, I am able to continue to fulfill my current career obligations and have the flexibility of completing coursework during the hours I'm available."


Master's in Family & Consumer Sciences Education
Online Student


Contact us.


Theresa Ireland
Phone: 605-688-4154


Debra Debates
College of Education & Human Sciences
Phone: 605-688-4666


Phone: 605-688-4121

Professional licensure.

For SD Licensure you must complete the FCSE endorsement of 20 credits*, pass the PRAXIS exams and complete the Indians of North America requirement.  

*24:15:06:42. 7-12 family and consumer science education endorsement program. A 7-12 family and consumer science education endorsement program requires the passage of the designated state test and 20 semester hours of coursework, which include: six semester hours in nutrition and wellness, six semester hours in consumer and resource management, three semester hours in human development, three semester hours in family studies, and two semester hours of career and technical education preparation.  

Requirements for licensure vary by state. Assistance will be provided to candidates in contacting the licensing authority in their home states and understanding the requirements for licensure prior to completion of the South Dakota State University program.