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ERIC Number: EJ1045785
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1082-1651
The Use of Messages and Media in an Inter-Institutional, Online Approach to FCS Teacher Preparation
Boor, Mari L.; Bergh, Karen; Alexander, Karen L.; Allison, Barbara; Johnson, Virginia Clark; Couch, Sue; DeBates, Debra; Johnson, Julie
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, v104 n4 p8-14 2012
Approximately 5 million secondary students take family and consumer sciences (FCS) classes in the United States each year (AAFCS, 2012). Most states reported a shortage of FCS teachers (Werhan & Way, 2006). Programs to prepare FCS teachers are essential to maintaining the pool of teachers, but they are becoming scarce. One potential source of new FCS teachers is individuals who have bachelor's degrees in FCS-related areas and who are interested in teaching. FCS teacher educators across the country have received numerous inquiries from persons interested in obtaining licensure to teach FCS, but who are unable to make the time or location commitments of traditional students. In response to this demand, five institutions partnered to offer an online master's program through the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (IDEA). Like any education program, the Great Plains IDEA FCS Education master's program is constantly striving to improve the content and delivery of its courses. The instructors will continue to utilize new and evolving technology to increase engagement and interaction with and among their students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Nebraska; North Dakota; South Dakota; Texas; Washington