MS in Agricultural Leadership, Communication and Education

Degree Requirements

The program consists of a minimum of 32 credits of graduate coursework beyond the bachelor's degree for the non-thesis/creative component option, and 30 credits for the thesis option.  For a full explanation of the thesis/non-thesis options, see section below on Thesis/Non-Thesis Requirements.

Core course required for all students (regardless of option):
Education and Communication3
Advanced Methods of Teaching
Mass Media Seminar
Ag Communication Theory Course through AG*IDEA
Leadership3
Leadership Theory and Application
Philosophy and Ethics3
Philosophical Foundations of Agricultural Education and Leadership
Foundations of Career and Technology Education
Media Ethics
Communicating Ethical Issues through AG*IDEA
Research Methods and Design3
Research Methods and Design
Additional course requirements for Creative Component Option
Select one of the following: *3
Evaluation of Educational Programs
Methods of Qualitative Research
Introduction to Applied Statistics
AG_ED_LD 8080Creative Component in Agricultural Education and Leadership2-3
Specialization and/or Electives (example, not limited to) **14-15
Designing and Delivering Educational/Leadership Programs
Inservice Course in Agricultural Education and Leadership ***
Induction Year Teaching I
Induction Year Teaching II
Seminar in Agricultural Education and Leadership
Student and Teacher Development in Agricultural Education and Leadership
College Teaching of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
*

 or equivalent, in consultation with your advisor/committee

**

Additional courses selected by the student and approved by her/his graduate committee may be selected to meet the goals of the student.

***

 Limited to 8 credits maximum

Additional course requirements for Creative Component with Teacher Certification Option
Consult with faculty on layering Teacher Certification requirements with the Creative Component option.
Additional course requirements for Thesis Option
AG_ED_LD 8090Thesis Research in Agricultural Education and Leadership4-6
ESC_PS 7170Introduction to Applied Statistics3
or AG_ED_LD 8540 Methods of Qualitative Research
Specialization and/or Electives (example, not limited to)9-11
Designing and Delivering Educational/Leadership Programs
Inservice Course in Agricultural Education and Leadership ***
Induction Year Teaching I
Induction Year Teaching II
Seminar in Agricultural Education and Leadership
Student and Teacher Development in Agricultural Education and Leadership
College Teaching of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Evaluation of Educational Programs

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Sample Plan of Study

Because students in the M.S. program are from a wide variety of circumstances, and pursue the M.S. at all different paces, a sample plan of study is not easily produced.  Students are encouraged to work out their plan of study with their advisor.

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Thesis/Non-Thesis Requirements

The program offers students three options:

1. Creative Component Option
This option is oriented toward improving a practitioner's professional proficiency in teaching, curriculum development, program planning and evaluations.  The program of study should include courses and learning experiences that will develop the student's knowledge and skills in the processes of learning and teaching.  The Creative Component option requires a minimum of 32 hours of graduate credit (to include a minimum of 29 hours of formal graduate courses, plus a maximum of 3 hours of 8080 Creative Component) with a minimum of 16 credit hours at the 8000 level and a minimum of 16 credit hours taken in Agricultural Education and Leadership. Candidates must also complete an approved creative component project.

2. Creative Component with Teacher Certification Option
This option is designed for individuals who have earned a B.S. degree in an agricultural discipline and desire the initial teacher certification to teach agriculture at the secondary level.  Included in the course work for this option are some of the classes needed for certification to teach secondary high school agriculture in Missouri.

3. Thesis Option
This option is research-oriented, focusing on designing and conducting research in the social sciences.  The program of study should include courses and learning experiences that will maximize a student's progress in developing skills that will enable the student to continue his/her education in a research-oriented area.  The Thesis option requires a minimum of 30 hours of graduate credit (to include a minimum of 24 hours of formal graduate courses, plus a maximum of six hours of 8090 Research) with a minimum of 15 credit hours at the 8000 level and a minimum of 15 credit hours taken in Agricultural Education and Leadership. Candidates must also complete an approved thesis based on original research.

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Admissions

Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission: the requirements of the MS in Agricultural Education program and the minimum requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies.  Because requirements vary, you must refer to a degree program's graduate admission page to learn about specific admission criteria, application deadlines, eligibility and application process.  Your application materials will be reviewed by both the Office of Graduate Studies and the degree program to which you’ve applied before official admission to the University of Missouri.

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