The degree will involve a minimum of two years with 30-32 credit hours of advanced and seminar-style coursework. Family and Consumer Sciences Education provides graduates with competencies needed to teach young people about family life, work life, interpersonal communication, practical knowledge, and vocational preparation. Graduates from this program will develop the knowledge needed to teach young people how to balance personal, home, family and work lives; acquire marketable skills to be successful in life management, employment, and career development; promote optimal nutrition and wellness; and manage resources to meet the material needs of individuals and families.
For admission to the MS degree program in FCSE, applicants are required to have completed a B.S. degree in family and consumer science education or a related field. Preference will be given to applicants who are certified teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences. Prospective graduate students must have a minimum of 2.75 overall undergraduate GPA in their undergraduate work and taken the GRE. Students who have not taken the GRE will be given probational admission. Students on probational admission must complete admission requirements on/or before the end of the first semester. All applicants are required to:
Students admitted into the FCSE program are required to complete at least 30 hours of graduate level course work for a Thesis Option or 32 credit hours for a Non-Thesis Option. Required coursework includes: 1) Curriculum Development, 2) Educational Leadership, and 3) Statistics and Research Methods. A master's degree of Family and Consumer Sciences Education is conferred upon completion of course work, maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.00 and completing a thesis or passing a written and oral comprehensive examination.
Students enrolled in the FCSE graduate program are required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours for the Thesis Option or 33 credit hours for Non-Thesis option. Required coursework includes: 1) curriculum development, 2) educational leadership, and 3) statistics and research methods. In addition to these required courses, students may focus on an individualized area of interest through the selection of courses within and outside of the department. Students must complete at least 18 credit hours in Family and Consumer Sciences courses offered in the Department of Human Ecology. This may include the 6 semester hours for thesis. The remaining semester hours could be completed outside of the department.
- Family and Consumer Sciences
- Food and Nutritional Science
- Textiles and Apparel Studies
- Total hours required: a minimum of 30 credit hours for Thesis option or 33 credit hours for Non-Thesis option. All coursework must be above 500-level.
- Transfer Credits: a minimum of 6 credit hours may be transferred into the program from another accredited institution of higher learning. For credits to be transferred: 1) the course curriculum must have covered material equivalent to that of the substituted course within the program, 2) the student must have earned a minimum grade of “B” for the course, and 3) the course must be approved by the student’s Advisory Committee.
- Departmental Seminar: students are required to take 2 credit hours of departmental seminar.
- Candidates selecting a thesis option must develop a thesis topic, prepare a research prospectus and submit to a thesis committee for approval. Prior to graduation, a candidate must conduct research work, collect and analyze data, and write results and present to the Thesis Committee for an oral examination, which will consist principally of a defense of the thesis. A minimum of 6 credit hours are required for Thesis research.
- Candidates selecting a non-thesis option are required to take a comprehensive written and oral examination. Candidates are also required to write a comprehensive term paper on a topic related to Family and Consumer Science.
HMEC-503 (TAS)Fundamentals of Fashion Industry. 3 credits
Fashion with an emphasis on various product categories. Concentration on fashion innovation, the role of designers, trends in fashion, and the power of fashion in society. Identification of components in apparel assembly and a structural approach to evaluating apparel quality.
Study of product development methods and core functions of this process. The principles discussed in this course can be used in the development of all types of products. This course is specifically designed to focus on products that utilize textiles.
Overview of promotion practices in the apparel design, product development, manufacturing, and retail merchandising environment, including promotion planning and budgeting, special event organization, advertising, public relations, publicity, fashion show production, and visual merchandising.
HMEC-508 (FCSE) Current Problems and Trends in Family & Consumer Sciences. 3 credits
Theory and application of design and development principles unique to Career and Technical Education (CTE) web-based course content. Focuses on development of knowledge and skills needed to engage in planning, management, assessment, and effective delivery of CTE web-based instruction and learning.
Personal and family management, including value orientation, decision making, and developing and using resources. Evaluate Family decision making processes involved and the role of housing. Emphasis is on interrelationships among decisions and the links between economic and social issues.
Philosophy, principles, methods, and materials involved in nutrition education. Application of nutrition knowledge and skills in the development, delivery, and evaluation of nutrition education curriculum and programs in schools and communities is emphasized.
Non-traditional format: Lecture and online.
Principles of managing school nutrition programs, including federal, state, and local regulations; planning appealing and nutritious meals for children; budget management; human resources management; organizational leadership; marketing and communications; planning, assessment, and evaluation of programs.
Indicators, causes, and impact of family financial problems on the family's well-being. Topics covered include credit difficulties, repossessions, liens, garnishments, and bankruptcy. Non-traditional format: Students are required to work on a regular basis with families in financial difficulty.
The theory and practice of the global sourcing, manufacturing, and distribution of apparel and textile products. Understand the basic concepts and strategies unique to the retail industries of countries around the world. Emphasis placed on successful retail organizations and structures, merchandising and organization of market resources in apparel and textiles.
EDUC-611 Theories And Practices of Exceptionalities. 3 credits
This course is designed to identify exceptional learners and provide an understanding of their educational needs. Specific teaching techniques will be explored, as well as principles and practices of program development.
Educational implications of human development over the life-span are examined. Students will survey research with special attention to the applications to teaching and developmentally appropriate school programs.
This course is a study of educational theories as applied to curriculum and instruction in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) with emphasis on current trends and the identification of the instructional process, organizing operations and skills for teaching FCS.
This course explores the use of knowledge about culture in the schooling process. It presents specific teaching strategies, classroom management techniques and communication strategies that have proven effective with culturally diverse student populations. Students explore ways to identify and alleviate negative bias and prejudice in teaching materials, assessment instruments, school practices and school organization.
Repeatable for maximum 6 hours credit. Thesis writing under the direction of the major professor. Non-traditional format: Independent research and thesis preparation.