A master’s degree in agricultural education will provide the opportunity to advance your career and education on your own terms. The goal of this program is to enable students to balance career advancement with professional, social and financial commitments.

Am I right for this degree program?  Is this program right for me?

This program is perfect for you if you’re looking for:

  • A build-your-own-degree program with numerous elective options to compliment the four core areas of study.
  • A career-focused path. Faculty at your home university will help you develop a plan of study by selecting courses that support your career goals.
  • Academic excellence. Your degree will come from your home university, but your courses will be taught by experts in agricultural education from around the nation through AG IDEA.
  • A way to influence the future of agriculture. This degree will help you to continue to inform people about the importance of the agriculture industry and its many working sectors.

What can I do with this degree?

There are many opportunities for this degree beyond traditional classroom teaching. Through this program you will learn the importance of theory, research and the ways that they can help you in your current role or in advancing your career to the following positions:

  • Classroom teacher
  • Extension educator
  • Communications professional
  • Public relations specialist
  • Curriculum developer
  • Environmental educator
  • Trade association coordinator
  • Congressional staffer
  • Educational specialist
  • International agricultural development specialist
  • Program manager
  • Producer
  • Sales associate
  • Outreach coordinator
  • Professional development specialist

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What will I learn in this program?

At most participating universities, taking courses in this program contributes toward a master’s degree in agricultural education (specific degree title will vary by institution). Depending on the university, the program requires 30-36 credit hours.

There are four core content areas offered on a regular basis.  Elective courses are offered by the participating universities to round out the education of program students. Typically, students select courses that align their career goals.  Students work with faculty at his or her home university to develop a plan of study.

View the Course Planner to see all courses offered by all universities in this program.

Core Content Areas

Foundations of Agricultural Education
Philosophical foundations of agricultural and extension education provides an overview of the development of agricultural and extension education in the United States by examining the significant educational philosophies, historical events, scientific innovations, legislation and policy shaping agricultural and extension education today.

Research Methods in Agricultural Education
Research methods focuses on the principles, practices, and strategies for conducting research in the social sciences, particularly dealing with the interface of the human dimension in the agricultural and natural sciences.

Principles of Teaching and Learning
Principles of teaching and learning covers the concepts, methods, strategies and learning theories relevant for both formal and non-formal education settings. The relationship between teaching methods and the learning experience in food, agricultural and natural resources contexts will also be addressed.

Program Planning and Evaluation
Program development and evaluation aids students in developing and evaluating educational programs for agricultural, community and extension audiences in formal and non-formal settings. Emphasis is placed on the principles, theories and skills of the program development and evaluation process. This includes planning, designing, implementing, measuring and communicating program impact.

Who can help me?

  • Lead faculty – The list of faculty at the bottom of this page shows the lead faculty member for each university. This person can answer questions about the application process and degree requirements.
  • Campus coordinator – Use the gray box titled “Admissions” to access the campus coordinator for your home university. This person can answer questions about Great Plains IDEA processes and connect you to home university resources. 

AG IDEA Student Handbook

Degree titles vary by university. Consult each university for the degree title as it will appear on the diploma.

Curriculum

Program Summary
Cost per credit hour:

2017-2018: $565
2018-2019: $580

30–36 Hours

University Contact
These campus coordinators can help you navigate Great Plains IDEA. Click on the university name to learn more about how Great Plains IDEA works at that campus. Dana Massetti
Rachel Ohmes
Julie Holder
Mary Ellen Givens
Leslie McClure Myatt
Kristin Seals
University of Missouri
Nita Smarr
University Members
Members of the Great Plains IDEA are universities accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Member universities recruit, admit and graduate students, teach in an academic program and contribute to the leadership and maintenance of the alliance. Membership in the alliance is a selective process that engages institutional leadership at all levels.

– – April-Dawn Knudsen, Community Development Graduate