Texas Tech University's online Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences Education is made possible through a consortium of universities called the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA). Several universities have come together to offer online post-baccalaureate programs to students whose families or careers have prevented them from completing a degree on campus. The consortium agreement allows students to take courses offered by multiple institutions for a standard tuition in order to complete a program.
Although there is no application deadline, potential students are encouraged to submit all application materials at least three months prior to projected initial enrollment. Applications for this program are evaluated on an ongoing basis.
Courses are offered online through multiple institutions. Students will work with their graduate advisor to determine a personalized program of study. The following is a general outline of required coursework.
The program consists of 38-41 semester credit hours of course work, including 10 3-credit courses, 2 credits of practicum, and 6-9 credits of internship. Courses are offered over a three-year period, with at least two institutions sharing the teaching responsibility for each course. The home/degree-granting institution is responsible for placement of students for practicum and internship experiences.
The National Standards for Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences provided the framework for designing the program. The following pedagogy courses are required:
Contact the program coordinator by phone.