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Family and Consumer Sciences (*Licensure 6-12)

*M.S. in Career and Technical Education



Residential/On Campus

Program Overview

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

Family and Consumer Sciences is growing in importance in the United States and around the world, resulting in swift-moving changes, providing exciting and fast-paced experiences for you and for your students. From 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.  This 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!
Two students in business attire sit a conference table, looking at a laptop

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!

Why choose this program?

  • There is a critical shortage of business teachers in Virginia.
  • The 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.

What You'll Study

Master's Degree program is a 39-credit hour degree program consisting of coursework, internship, and electives. 

Some courses include:

  • Comprehension and Content Reading
  • Foundations of Career and Technical Education
  • Curriculum Development in CTE
  • Managing the CTE Program
  • Curriculum and Instructional Processes in Career & Technical Education
  • Strategies for Teaching Career and Technical Education
  • Advanced Curriculum Development & Program Mgmt in Career & Technical Education
  • Schooling in American Society
  •  Internship in Education
  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in related areas
  • GPA: Have earned at least a 3.0-grade point average (GPA) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework for regular admission status or 2.5 GPA to 2.99 GPA for provisional admission status.
  • Passing scores for Praxis I exam OR at least 1100 on SAT with 530 for the verbal section and 530 for the match section

Learn more 

There is a discount for in-state K-12 teachers; use this application form in order to receive the reduced costs. Otherwise, as with on-campus students, we refer you to the VT Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for information on financial assistance. Generally, distance learners may qualify for federal loans if they take 5 or more credit hours per semester.

Find out what loans are available as a graduate student and other opportunities.

State of Virginia Licensure Applicants

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

Dr. Joseph Mukuni
Program Leader
Public Safety Building, Suite 201
330 Sterrett Drive

School of Education Academic Programs Support


Dr. Joseph Mukuni
Program Leader
Public Safety Building, Suite 201
330 Sterrett Drive

Faculty Experts in Career and Technical Education