Program URL: http://aged.illinois.edu/grad/online-MS
Program Type: Master's Degree
Award Conferred: M.S.
Total Number of Credit Hours: 32 Grad. Unit(s)
The online Agricultural Education Master of Science program is planned as a terminal degree for students who have completed the requirements of a four-year curriculum in agricultural education or allied fields of study. Areas of concentration include program planning, curriculum development, teaching methodologies, instructional technologies and youth development. Students in the program complete course work in both education and agriculture for professional development to enhance best practices as a current educator or become community college instructors of agriculture programs, extension agents or other related work areas. Only individuals currently teaching agriculture in Illinois under a provisional certificate may pursue certification through the online program. More information may be found on our website regarding the teacher education concentration for state certification.
The online Master's degree program in Agricultural Education enables students to take a series of Web-based and/or available site based courses, which meet the same requirements as the traditional on-campus degree program. The program has a history of providing courses for anyone interested in learning how to conduct research related to teaching and learning, and how to provide effective instructional programs related to agricultural, consumer and environmental sciences. Students may enroll in individual courses for personal or professional enrichment (non-degree seeking student), or can apply for admission to the master's degree program in Agricultural Education.
To complete the degree, 32 hours of approved graduate level courses must be fulfilled. The submission of a research/professional paper is required for completion of the degree. The AgEd master's program must be completed within five years after admission to the graduate college. Courses required in agriculture for the degree program may be selected from any department in the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES), other than in Agricultural Education, including courses from other online programming in ACES.
The online program only offers the non-thesis option with a development concentration. Students are expected to complete a final project with an oral exam. The oral exam will be administered on campus before the student's academic advisor and two faculty members selected by the student. Under extenuating circumstances the final presentation can be conducted online.
Online Program Coordinator
Phone: (217) 333-2187