Masters of Agriculture in Agricultural Education Teacher Development
Teacher Development has two different programs (Plan A & B) designed to serve, specifically, current and future teachers of agricultural education.
Plan A (thesis option) and B (professional paper option) students:
The Master of Agriculture in Agricultural Education Teacher Development requires a professional project, of which a publishable, written report and oral defense are required. The project must align with National Quality Program Standards for Agricultural Education and the Colorado Career and Technical Education Standards and Quality Indicators. Students should also create a project that aligns with the three-part Land Grant Mission:
- Teaching – Develop a project that has a direct impact on
the effective teaching in agricultural education
- Research – Develop a project that is research-based and evaluates data which informs decisions in agricultural education.
- Service – Develop a project that will include an outreach or service component for the profession. The goal is to share the project through professional development seminars and publications
The purpose of the degree option is to explore and develop projects which directly impact the effective educational practices, including relevance, hands on training, high levels of student cognition and student confidence. This is a directed and personal experience for the student, designed to meet the specific needs of each individual within the degree program. The faculty in this program capitalizes on the strength of the individual student and develop focused areas of inquiry to improve their effectiveness.
A committee of three individuals (minimum) is required to guide and direct the project, curriculum plan of study and final defense of the project. The committee is integral to the success of the project. The committee includes:
- Advisor – A person familiar with school-based agricultural education as well as current practices and research in the field. The advisor will to work closely with and mentor the student towards successful completion of the project.
- Committee Member(s) – These individuals should be familiar with the content and research methods of the project to provide valuable insight to the project components, research plan and program of student.
- Outside Committee Member – This individual serves at the request of the graduate school and as such determines that the project and program of study is of sufficient scope and quality to be “graduate degree” worthy.
Other program requirements include:
- 30 credit hours
- 6 credits in regular courses above the 500 level
- Most courses can be done through correspondence or online experiences, though it is suggested that students plan on spending a summer session on campus for course and/or project completion
- 9 credits of professional development courses (typically EDCT 590), but credits must be above 500 level
- 3 credits of AGED 698 during the final semester to guide the project to formal completion
18 credits that focus on education, methods and advanced agriculture content that is specific and directed towards what the individual student needs for teacher advancement
Additionally, there are options for individuals to pursue a Colorado Teacher’s License in combination with the graduate degree program. In such cases, the course work is different and more directed as it requires individuals to meet all the licensing requirements as specified through the Colorado Department of Education. Students in this program will also have to meet all requirements as listed on the undergraduate agricultural education check sheet (either with actual or approved substitutable content courses).
Summary of Required Coursework
Core Required Courses:
EDRM 600 – Introduction to Research (3 cr)
EDCT 590 – (4 cr)
Additional Required Courses:
Track 1* – Teacher Professional Development
AGED 540 – Laboratory Management in Ag Ed; 2 cr.
Track 2* – Teacher Development – Teacher Licensure
AGED 420 – Development of School Based Agricultural Education; 3 cr.
EDUC 450 – Instruction II; 4 cr.
EDCT 425 – Methods/Materials in Ag Ed – 4 cr.
Additional credits to meet Ag Ed licensure; varied cr.
*Track 1 students are in-service agriculture teaching professionals pursing MAGR in Teacher Professional Development. Track 2 students are those pursing post-bachelor licensure with the Master of Agriculture Teacher Development – Teacher Licensure Degree
Extension agents are a vital link between the communities they serve and the resources offered by land-grant universities. This master’s degree in extension education prepares you with skills and knowledge to develop impactful programs and deliver educational resources in your role as community educator. You will learn to:
- Analyze the principles that guide extension work.
- Develop programs and community outreach initiatives.
- Customize instructional methods for various audiences.
- Develop evaluation strategies for programming.
- Gather, analyze, and communicate community-based research to various populations.
What is extension education?
The field of extension education focuses on “extending” university knowledge and resources to communities throughout the state. Extension offices serve as a community-based education hub where extension educators learn about their local community needs and help develop education programs to address them. Common initiatives focus on:
- Food systems education
- Family consumer sciences
- Youth development
- Volunteer development
- Natural resource management
Extension educators work with a range of populations, including youth, adults, diverse communities, and various industries. They coordinate and mobilize efforts to address challenging situations by conducting fieldwork, providing workshops and trainings, and creating online informational resources.
A degree for extension agents and community educators
Designed for working professionals, the online Master of Extension Education program does not require a thesis, and all coursework is offered online. Interact and network with others across the country who are in extension or similar agencies, so you can collaborate and gain insights from peers.
The program pairs you with an advisor to help design a plan of study that emphasizes direct career applicability. Customize the curriculum to suit your specific professional goals and interests, while gaining a broad, interdisciplinary education that combines theory and practice.
Enrich your career in extension and community outreach
Extension practitioners throughout the world often work for government agencies. In the United States, many extension agents (sometimes called county agents, or extension educators) work at land-grant universities in cooperative extension service programs.
If you work in a nonprofit, government, or extension organization, this degree can advance your education career in a variety of fields, including:
- Agricultural extension
- Community development
- Environmental education
- Human development
- Natural resources
- Range science
With an interdisciplinary curriculum tailored to suit your specific career goals, this program helps you gain skills to improve the quality of lives and livelihoods of individuals and communities — whether you work within the field of extension education or in other professions requiring community education and public contact.
The Master of Extension Education is a 36-credit program that requires:
- 18 credits of core coursework.
- 9 credits of AGED, EDAE, HDFS, JTC or SOWK at the 500 level or above.
- 9 credits of disciplinary coursework at the 500 level or above. Disciplines must be approved by an academic advisor, and may include areas such as youth development, horticulture, agriculture, animal science, and others.
- An extension education internship in a county or state extension office or other advisor-approved setting. An internship requires 45 hours of work per credit.
There is no thesis required for completion of this degree. You will work with your graduate advisor to choose your coursework. Additionally:
- 24 credits must be earned at Colorado State University, 21 of which must be earned after formal admission.
- 16 credits of graduate-level electives are chosen with your graduate advisor.
- No independent study, research, supervised college teaching, or practicum credits may apply toward the degree.
Courses that are prerequisites or supplementary to the graduate program do not apply to the minimum credit hours required for this degree. In addition, approved courses from other institutions may be accepted; talk with your advisor before including these in your course plan. Additional coursework may be required depending on your background and preparation for graduate level work.