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Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
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Family and Consumer Sciences Contact

Department Chair:

Dr. Duane Whitbeck

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Contact Person:
Holly Viets

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Phone: 620-235-4457
Fax: 620-235-4686

Address:
Family & Consumer Sciences
Pittsburg State University
1701 S. Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762

Technology Studies Graduate Program

Master of Science Degree with a Major in Career and Technical Education

Emphasis: Family & Consumer Sciences or College Teaching

The Departments of Technology Studies and Family & Consumer Sciences offer an interdisciplinary Master of Sciences degree with a Major in Career and Technical Education that provides emphasis in Family & Consumer Sciences, College Teaching, Technology Education or Technical Teacher Education.

The program provides a core of research, philosophy, and teacher preparation courses, and specialization courses in emphasis areas applicable to their specific career goals—teaching in public schools, colleges, business and industry, supervision, curriculum and instruction and/or research. Description of each emphasis area follows.

Family and Consumer Sciences Emphasis is for graduates with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher Education that want to complete a graduate degree. For Option I (Thesis), candidates complete 14-15 credit hours of core courses; 6 hours of thesis; and select 9-10 credit hours of advanced course work in the discipline for a total of 30 credit hours. Students pursuing Option III (Course Work), complete 14-15 credit hours of core courses; 6 hours of Option III courses; and select 9-12 credit hours of courses to total at least 32 credit hours.

College Teaching Emphasis is designed to prepare individuals interested in teaching career and technical courses (e.g., interior design, graphics, automotive, construction, etc.) at the community college or four-year university. However, it does not certify someone to teach these subjects as part of a non-vocational program at the secondary level, because it does not require teacher education certification as a condition of entrance. This emphasis requires a minimum total of 32 hours in graduate core courses; teacher preparation courses and practicum experiences in college teaching; and additional career and technical courses selected in consultation with the candidate's advisor. Only Option III may be pursued.

Technology Education Emphasis Candidates for this degree must have a Bachelor of Sciences degree with an undergraduate major in Technology Education, Industrial Arts or Industrial Education from an accredited institution. This emphasis provides the candidate with maximum flexibility in pursuing career goals related to Technology Education, such as certification, research, curriculum and instruction, administration, and technical specialization leading to vocational certification. For Option I (Thesis), candidates complete 14-15 credit hours of core courses; 6 hours of thesis; and select 9-10 credit hours of advanced course work in the discipline for a minimum total of 30 credit hours. Students pursuing Option III (Course Work) complete 14-15 credit hours of core courses; 6 hours of Option III courses; and select 9-12 credit hours of courses applicable to their specific career goals to total a minimum of 32 credit hours.

Students desiring to teach Technology Education in the public schools may choose to develop a program leading to Technology Education (General) certification and licensing to teach in middle schools and high schools (grades 6-12). This program may require additional education, psychology, and technical foundation courses, depending on undergraduate preparation.

Technical Teacher Education Emphasis The graduate program is for candidates that have already completed Technical Teacher Education certification. It also provides certification opportunity for persons interested in qualifying for teaching in health occupations, business, family and consumer Sciences, and other career and technical fields in vocationally approved high school and post-secondary programs—technical colleges, community colleges, universities, business and industry. Persons who hold the baccalaureate degree in allied health, agriculture, business, data processing, engineering, nursing, technology or related professional and technical areas may meet teacher certification and degree requirements by completing the degree. Candidates seeking certification are required to have completed two years of work experience in their profession, and may be required to take foundation courses that may exceed the minimum 32 credit hours associated with Option III.

This emphasis also provides a high degree of flexibility for certified vocational teachers pursuing goals related to Technical Teacher Education, such as: research, curriculum and instruction, as well as opportunities to gain additional technical expertise in a specialized area or broadening one's scope of technical knowledge. For Option I (Thesis), candidates complete 14-15 credit hours of core courses; 6 hours of thesis; and select 9-10 credit hours of advanced course work in the discipline for a minimum total of 30 credit hours. Students pursuing Option III (Course Work), complete 14-15 credit hours of core courses; 6 hours of Option III courses; and select 9-12 credit hours of courses to total at least 32 credit hours.