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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

This is an open entry degree program, however, for scheduling purposes we recommend that you begin your program in the fall of each year. Your application (application form/fee, academic transcripts, letters of reference, and MAT or GRE score) must be completed at least one month prior to the semester when you would like to begin the program (see the USU Academic Calendar). Please allow 4-6 weeks for your MAT or GRE score to be received by USU after you take the test and note the minimum admission requirements. A GRE score is preferred if you plan to compete for graduate scholarships. If you have questions about this degree program please contact the Graduate Program Team Leader and Advisor, Dr. Debra Spielmaker.

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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. If possible, we recommend taking PSY/EDUC 3010 (a required prerequisite) the summer before you formally enter the program. 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 credits total)

Course Numbers

Course Titles

Semester Offered

Spring Even

Summer Even

Fall Even

Spring Odd

Summer Odd

Fall Odd

PSY/EDUC 6570

Introduction to Education and Psychological Research (3 credits; prerequisite PSY/EDUC 3010) X X X X  X X
ASTE 6100 Research Methods & Academic Writing (3 credits; prerequisite, PSY/EDUC 6570)*    X     X  
ASTE 6970 Research and Thesis (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           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 Program Planning (Curriculum Design)*          
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    
ASTE 6310 Advanced Agriculture Teaching Methods*   X        
ASTE 6315 Advanced FFA & SAE Development in Agricultural Education*       X    
ASTE 6320 Classroom Management     X      
ASTE 6350 Safety and Risk Management*         X  
ASTE 6380 Mentoring and Supervision            X
ASTE 6900 Graduate Independent Study (Arranged, 1-6 credits) X X X X X X
ASTE 6950 Graduate Internship (Arranged, 1-6 credits) X X X X X X
ASTE 7500 Diffusion of Innovations X          

* Summer course taught in the first 7-week summer session, be sure to check the USU calendar for beginning and end dates.
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Face-to-face

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). 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 Misty Balls (misty.balls@usu.edu), per the instructions prior to the end of the second semester.

Thesis - Proposal to Publication

This MS degree requires a thesis. Visit the School of Graduate Studies website to view/download the Master's Plan A Proposal Approval and Thesis Format and Styles forms. The Thesis Format and Style link will provide you with the guidelines and templates you need to format your thesis.