Family and Consumer Sciences - Graduate Certification

Program Description

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point offers an online graduate-level teaching licensure program in family and consumer sciences (FCS) that can also lead to a master's degree in Community and Organizational Leadership or Education.

The program consists of 22-25 credits which can be applied toward progress in one of UWSP's master's degree programs, such as Community and Organizational Leadership or Education. You may be able to earn your master's degree with as few as 9 additional credits beyond the FCS curriculum.
This online program can be completed in 18 months.

Who will benefit from the program?

The FCS graduate-level certification program will provide opportunities for licensed teachers to add a new license in the area of family and consumer sciences. In addition, people who hold a bachelor's degrees can gain coursework for FCS teacher licensure, in a condensed format.*

The program will provide the opportunity for:
  • Teachers already licensed in a discipline other than family and consumer sciences to gain certification in FCS education.
  • Licensed teachers to move forward in their PDP while attaining an additional certification.
  • Participants to dovetail required credits with our existing master's programs in Community and Organizational Leadership and Education.
  • Individuals who hold a non-teaching bachelor's degree to gain coursework for FCS teacher licensure, in a condensed format, while completing additional requirements for an initial teaching license. For additional requirements needed by a non-teaching bachelor's degree holder interested in this program click here

*Some students may need to take requisite undergraduate courses to qualify for the FCS graduate licensure program.

Program Completion

Licensure in family and consumer sciences is available to individuals who have met the following criteria
  • Possess an undergraduate degree and teaching certification in a discipline other than FCS education or has completed requisite undergraduate courses* necessary to qualify for licensure.
  • Complete all required courses as listed in the course curriculum.
  • Meet minimum overall GPA of 3.0.


In the News

Answering the need of many schools like School District of Baraboo who struggle to find qualified family and consumer sciences teachers, UW-Stevens Point is one of the few programs in the state that offers a graduate-level FCS teaching licensure program.

Professional Certification/Licensure Disclosure (NC-SARA)

The United States Department of Education requires institutions that provide distance education to disclose information for programs leading to professional certification or licensure about whether each program meets state educational requirements for initial licensure or certification. Following is this disclosure information for this program:
  • The requirements of this program meet Certification/Licensure in the following states: Wisconsin
  • The requirements of this program do not meet Certification/Licensure in the following states: Not applicable
  • The requirements of this program have not been determined if they meet Certification/Licensure in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming; District of Columbia; American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands.


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"​I have been able to advance my career in the field of FCS due to the Family and Consumer Sciences graduate program at UWSP. It was a great experience! The workload was manageable while I was teaching. I was able to relate the topics learned in my classes to what I was teaching and experiencing in the classroom at any given time.
It was a pleasure working with the professors. Even though I have now graduated from the program, they still continue to support me when needed. They are supportive, understanding and knowledgeable which makes the experience all that much more valuable and enjoyable."
–Alyssa Morris
Wautoma Area School District