Family and Consumer Sciences

M.S. in Career and Technical Education

Teaching Family and Consumer Sciences, a Teaching Job Like No Other

As you know, family and consumer science is a very dynamic field. From the areas such as nutrition and wellness, child development, and clothing construction to having a career in culinary, childcare, or cloth design; the importance of this field is paramount.  Hence, teaching marketing in a high school is the same.  It is like no other teaching job one has ever seen and offers opportunities for: Working with high school students

  • Working with high school students
  • Working with business partners in the business community
  • Providing instruction related to home fictions
  • Providing instruction related to preparing for culinary arts, childcare or clothing, and interior design
  • Taking students to conferences – Atlanta, San Diego, and San Antonio to name a few!

By far, it is the best teaching position in any given school.  It involves the best of both worlds – working with students and working with business leaders in the local community!

Interesting Facts

  • There is a critical shortage of family and consumer sciences teachers in Virginia.
  • Average starting salary is $45,000.00 and depending on where you live it can go as high as $55,000.00 plus.  And, this is for a 10-month contract (you have off in the summers and school holidays).
  • You can earn a Virginia teaching license with an endorsement in marketing and a VT master’s degree in one year.
  • The program can be custom-designed into a hybrid distance program, meaning you only have to spend three weeks in the summer and a fall semester in Blacksburg.  If you would like, the remainder of the program can be completed off campus.
  • The VT CTE program has achieved a 100% placement rate for its’ graduates for the past 10 years!
  • Career promotion opportunities include being a school administrator or a university professor.

Our Faculty 

Research Interests

  • Vocational and Technical Education
  • Marketing Education
  • Vocational Special Needs Education
  • Marketing and Distributive Educators

Bill Price

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Bill Price, Associate Professor

Research Interests

  • Technical Skills Across Occupations
  • Trends In The World Of Work
  • Labor Market Skill Gaps
  • Best Practices In Workforce Development    

Joseph Mukuni, Visiting Asst Professor

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Joseph Mukuni, Visiting Assistant Professor

Career and Technical Education Research Highlights

Recent Faculty Publications:

Mukuni, J., & Price, B. (2016). Identifying connections between career and technical education (Career and Technical Education) and academic programs through standards of learning. International Journal of Vocational and Technical Education, 8(4), 25-34

Mukuni, J., Price, W. (2014). Implementation challenges of a donor funded development project: Lessons learned through a deep-end strategy while implementing a development program in Zambia. Journal of African Studies and Development, Vol. 6(1)(EF19DD842921), 7. www.academicjournlas.org/JASD

Mukuni, J. & Price, B. (2013). Portability of technical skills across occupations: A Case for demolition of disciplinary silos? International Journal of Vocational and Technical Education. pp. 21 – 28. DOI: 10.5897/IJVTE2013.0131

Students interested in applying to M.S. in Career and Technical Education  endorsement on Family and Consumer Sciences should contact the program leader, Dr. Bill Price, by email at wprice@vt.edu or by phone at 540-231-7390.

Visit our office at 206 War Memorial Hall (0313), 370 Drillfield Drive, Blacksburg, VA 24061
Application Deadlines
State of Virginia Licensure Applicants

Spring: January 1
Summer I: May 1
Summer II: June 1
Fall:  August 1

CONTACT US

Dr. Bill Price
Program Leader
206 War Memorial Hall
540-231-7390
wprice@vt.edu

School of Education (SOE) Programs
soeprograms@vt.edu

School of Education
226 War Memorial Hall (0313)
370 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061