Master's Degree

Core Courses

Research Methods in Agricultural Education

This graduate-level course will focus on applying 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.

Foundations and History of Agriculture and Extension 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.

Teaching Methods for Beginning Teachers

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Advanced Teaching Methods

This course focuses on concepts, methods,strategies and learning theories relevant for both formal and nonformal education settings. The course will address the relationship between teaching methods and the learning experience in food, agricultural, and natural resources contexts.

Adult Education and Programs

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Program Planning

Program Planning focuses on the specifics of the planning end of the Program Planning and Evaluation process. Emphasis is placed on the principles, theories, and skills of the program processes including planning, designing, implementing an educational program.

Program Evaluation

Program Evaluation focuses on the specifics of the evaluation end of the Program Planning and Evaluation process. Emphasis is placed on the principles, theories, and skills of the program evaluation process including measuring, and communicating program impact of an educational program.

Curriculum Development

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Youth Program Management

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Working with Diverse Students

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Assessing Learning in Agricultural Education

This graduate level course is designed to develop an understanding and application of assessment relevant to agricultural education. Students develop, administer, and analyze formal, informal, and performance assessment techniques to monitor and evaluate student learning and guide modification.

Leadership and Management of Volunteers

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Interpreting Social Data (Statistics)

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Foundations and Theory of Leadership

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Technological Change

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Online Media

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Technical Communication

Course focused on audience identification, writing, editing, and production of social science-based materials for publication; emphasis on thesis writing, research manuscript development, and grantsmanship. Principles include communicating information relevant to human subject research in agriculture, natural resources, and life sciences to the general public, research peers and funding agencies.

Foundations of Ag Communications

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Theory in Ag Communication

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Risk & Crisis Communication

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Scientific Communication

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Knowledge Management

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Graphic Design

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Qualitative Design

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Program Summary
Cost per credit hour:

Summer 2017: $545
2017-2018: $565

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.

– – Jacy Phillips, University of Nebraska-Lincoln