Prepare to meet the demand for professional county extension educators and high school agricultural science teachers. Study advanced teaching methods, leadership and communications, and research methodologies related to agricultural and extension education.
As a student in the program, you will conduct a unique and independent research project with the guidance of an adviser and graduate committee. You'll present your findings to professors and peers and demonstrate your expertise in a question and answer session.
Select between two options:
- Thesis: Develop a research methodology, carry out scientific data collection, interpret and analyze your results. Thoroughly cite sources. Publish your findings in an academic periodical such as the Journal of Agricultural Education, Journal of Extension, Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education, or the Journal of Leadership Education.
- Practical project: Analyze an aspect of an agriculture education program for a real-life client. Demonstrate how your findings improve the field of agricultural education. Put together a professional paper of your project and results.
You may work closely with professors and undergraduates on educational and service projects related to agricultural and extension education. Assist with Future Farmers of America (FFA) career development events, FFA state leadership conferences, and county and state 4-H youth development programs.
You will also have the chance to work alongside faculty on research projects, prepare journal papers, and present research at regional, national and international conferences in agricultural and extension education. Or, help professors with their work as a teaching assistant or research assistant. Paid positions are available.