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Family and Consumer Sciences

College of Education and Professional Studies

Graduate Programs

Master of Science Degree Programs in the

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

The graduate program in Family and Child Life aims to prepare students to work in Family and Social Service agencies or to become Child Life Specialists.  The Family and child life program seeks to train students to be effective leaders in these organizations by providing training in conflict management, professional development, and program administration.  Students in the Family and Child Life program will have multiple opportunities for service learning through collaborative research projects, program design, and a supervised internship.

For more information contact Dr. Amy Claridge


MS degree Family and Consumer Sciences Education 

Central Washington University partners with Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (GPIDEA) to offer an online graduate program in Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Courses for this program are taught completely online by faculty from Central Washington University, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, Texas Tech University, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. CWU students who enroll in this program will always sign up for classes through CWU but will have the benefit of learning from well-respected instructors across the nation.

For more information contact Dr. Bree Devlin

MS degree in Career & Technical Education

For more information contact Dr. Kim Bartel


Professional Programs in the 

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

Business & Industry Route CTE Teacher Preparation Program 

CWU offers Career and Technical Education (CTE) teaching courses for current teachers and business and industry professionals. Central’s CTE Teacher Preparation program is uniquely designed for busy, working professionals. During the academic year, classes meet one Saturday a month and are offered in locations across the state. For those looking for a shorter and more intensive experience, some courses are also offered during the summer in locations throughout Washington. Course requirements can be satisfied in as little as five weeks for residency teachers, and one to two years for industry professionals.

For more information contact Jodi Musser

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