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Family and Consumer Sciences Education - Master of Arts in Educational Studies, Workforce Development and Education

The Master of Arts degree specialization in Family and Consumer Sciences Education prepares professionals for careers as licensed teachers in public and private schools. The master’s degree is the path for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree.


Specializing in Family and Consumer Sciences Education from Ohio State prepares you to become an effective teacher who knows and uses the best teaching practices available to make a difference in student learning with a unique focus on families, work and their relationships.

Family and Consumer Sciences programs include courses directed by the state standards for middle and high schools in Ohio, and culminates in testing to earn an initial Ohio teaching license. Course titles include Consumer and Financial Literacy, Managing Transitions, Healthy and Safe Food, Career Search, Healthy Living, and Child Development.

Ohio State academic programs are designed to prepare students for licensure or certification in Ohio. If you plan to pursue licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please review state educational requirements for licensure and certification at

Career Paths

Graduates of the program can find employment as a family and consumer sciences education teacher in grades 7-12 and the two-year college level. Other possible employment options could include extension education and entry-level management positions in a variety of business and industry settings.


Deadline to Apply: 
November 1 for spring semester; April 1 for autumn semester; March 1 for summer term
Program Start: 
Autumn, spring or summer
Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a field related to human sciences
Minimum Program Hours: 

Degree requirements: Education courses, two field experiences and student teaching
Other requirements: To obtain an Ohio teaching license Family and Consumer Sciences Education, the OAE Assessment of Professional Knowledge (002 or 003), and the OAE 022 Family and Consumer Sciences Education test must be taken and passed. Pass a written master’s examination or complete an approved thesis.

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Edward C. Fletcher, Jr., PhD, Distinguished Associate Professor
Jay Plasman, PhD, Assistant Professor
David Stein, PhD, Associate Professor
Chris Zirkle, PhD, Associate Professor
Jane Briggs, PhD, Senior Lecturer


Chris Zirkle
Associate Professor