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Agricultural Extension and Education Master of Science

30 Credits Required

Emphasizing a wide range of teaching and learning skills, this MS degree allows students to specialize in teaching, Extension/informal education, and adult education. While this degree does not result in a teaching license for public schools, students will develop skills in the areas of instruction, program planning, evaluation and research related to research methodology and statistical applications. A thesis is required. Most of the coursework (30 credits) is available online, requiring few trips to the Logan campus. This degree is recommended for those who will be working in an area of education requiring research in addition to teaching or those seeking a PhD.

Most courses are available online. Most students in the program take two classes (6 credits) per semester. Students who follow this will be able complete the program in approximately 2 years (5 semesters). To get an cost estimate for your graduate degree go to the USU Tuition Calculator.

Application Deadline

The USU Academic Calendar lists the exact dates for the beginning and end of each semester. The application due dates are as follows:

Fall semester start, July 1
Spring semester start, November 1
Summer semester start, March 1

Your application needs to be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies. Please allow 4-6 weeks for GRE score to be received by USU after you take the test and note the minimum admission requirements. The GRE is required for admission into the program. If you have questions about this degree program please contact the Graduate Program Team Leader and Advisor, Dr. Debra Spielmaker.

Submit your application today!

Program Timeline & Expectations

Students may enter the program at the beginning of any semester. A Master of Science Degree Timeline has been developed to guide you through the program. The AEE MS is a Plan A Degree. Most students complete the degree in five semesters. Additional questions concerning transfer credits, continuous registration fees, time limits, leave of absence, etc., may be answered under the Graduate General Regulations or under Graduate Degree Requirements in the General Catalog.

Coursework

To earn your degree in five semesters you will need to complete the Foundation Research Required Courses (see below) early in your program. See this recommended schedule for a fall semester start. To view course syllabi, go to the USU Canvas Syllabus Tracker website and select the semester when the course was last taught (as noted on the table below). When registering, please register for course sections that are close to where you live, if you are an out-of-state student, please register for section Z01. 

Foundation Research Required Courses (12-15 credits total)

Course Numbers

Course Titles

Semester Offered

Spring Even

Summer Even

Fall Even

Spring Odd

Summer Odd

Fall Odd

PSY 3010

Psychological Statistics (4 credits, another statistics course may be substituted with approval)* X X X X  X X

PSY/EDUC 6570

Introduction to Education and Psychological Research  X

X X X X X
ASTE 6100 Research Methods & Academic Writing (3 credits; prerequisite, PSY/EDUC 6570 OR ASTE 6120)**    X     X  
ASTE 6970 Research and Thesis (3-6 credits, see course modules) X X X X X X

Foundation Core Required Courses (9 credits total, each course is 3 credits and online)

Course Numbers

Course Titles

Semester Offered

Spring Even

Summer Even

Fall Even

Spring Odd

Summer Odd

Fall Odd

ASTE 6160 Foundations of Adult Education**   X     X  
ASTE 6170 Program Planning and Evaluation (for outreach in nonformal settings)           X
ASTE 6180 Administration & Leadership     X      

Elective Courses (select 9 credits, each course is taught online unless noted otherwise)

Course Numbers

Course Titles

Semester Offered

Spring Even

Summer Even

Fall Even

Spring Odd

Summer Odd

Fall Odd

ASTE 6090 Curriculum Design (for formal educators)     X    X****
ASTE 6200 Principles & Practices of Extension Education       X    
ASTE 6220 Volunteer Programs and Partnerships*   X        
ASTE 6260 Environmental Impacts of Ag Systems***     X     X
ASTE 6300 Advanced Teaching Strategies  X     X    
ASTE 6310 Advanced Agriculture Teaching Methods**   X        
ASTE 6315 Advanced FFA & SAE Development in Agricultural Education          X  
ASTE 6320 Classroom Management     X      
ASTE 6380 Mentoring and Supervision            X
ASTE 6900 Graduate Independent Study (Arranged, 1-6 credits - view requirements) X X X X X X
ASTE 6950 Graduate Internship (Arranged, 1-6 credits - view requirements) X X X X X X
ASTE 7500 Diffusion of Innovations X          

* Block must be lifted on this course if you have not had a previous statistics course. Contact Debra Spielmaker (debra.spielmaker@usu.edu) to have the block removed.
** Summer course taught in the first 7-week summer session, be sure to check the USU calendar for beginning and end dates.

*** 
Face-to-face
**** Blended course, three weeks face-to-face, 4 weeks online

School of Graduate Studies - Forms

Throughout your graduate program you will be required to download and complete forms on the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) website for submission to our Graduate Program Coordinator GPC Marci Chidester (marci.chidester@usu.edu). If you have difficulty downloading the forms, please watch this tutorial on Downloading and Completing Forms. If you still have difficulty, please contact the USU IT Service Desk to get help configuring your browser to download SGS forms.

Establishing a Supervisory Committee

Graduate students must establish a Supervisory Committee during the second semester of their program. Students may choose their major professor (chair) and other committee members (minimum of two) from the ASTE graduate faculty or other University faculty for a minimum total of three members. Two of the members need to be ASTE graduate faculty. To begin, contact the professor you would like to serve as chair of your committee. If she/he are willing to serve, then together discuss other faculty members who should be asked to serve on the Supervisory Committee. It is the student's responsibility to contact the proposed committee members to make certain they are willing to serve prior to completing the Supervisory Committee Approval Form. On the School of Graduate Studies website, be sure to select the Master's Plan A Degree Supervisory Committee Form. The form will require each members signature (collected by the School of Graduate Studies electronically). This form must be completed during your second semester. After your committee has been approved, please meet with your chair to complete the Graduate Student & Advisor Expectations form. 

Program of Study

The Program of Study (PoS) constitutes a contract between the student, the committee, and the School of Graduate Studies regarding what courses a student will take for completion of his or her degree program requirements. Complete instructions can be found the School of Graduate Studies website. The Program of Study form is completed in DegreeWorks (a link on your myUSU page) and must be completed and submitted to the GPC, Marci Chidester (marci.chidester@usu.edu), per the instructions prior to the end of the second semester.

Thesis - Proposal to Publication

The AEE MS degree requires a thesis. Do not underestimate the time and effort that will be needed to complete your research and write your thesis. Near the end of your coursework you will take ASTE 6100 and work with your chair to prepare your research proposal. Your chair may recommend a preproposal meeting with your committee to determine if your research topic and questions significantly contribute to the existing literature on the topic. You must defend your proposal to your committee and if your proposal is approved you may begin the research process, which may include Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval if you are using human subjects. After approval of your committee (and IRB) you may begin data collection and analysis. Completing thesis research requires dedication and attention to detail. The Thesis Format and Style Guide are part of the ASTE 6100 coursework. To complete in a specific semester, plan to defend your research two weeks before the end of the semester. You also need to provide a copy of your thesis to your committee members two weeks prior to your defense.

After you successfully defend your thesis, you will need to make required edits and then have your thesis manuscript finalized by our department reviewer, Mary Ellen Heiner, who will do any final formatting or APA edits (costs for the final editing will be paid by students). Fewer edits will result in less expense in this final review. The final document will then be ready for submission to the School of Graduate Studies and to the USU Library. Details for Degree Completion and participating in commencement are outlined on the School of Graduate Studies website.

Graduation

Planning to graduate, please inform the department GPC, Marci Chidester (marci.chidester@usu.edu), and complete the Graduation Application and the other required forms.