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Agricultural Education M.S.

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College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
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Agricultural Education 146 Ruttan Hall 1994 Buford Ave. St. Paul, MN 55108
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2021
  • Length of program in credits: 30 to 45
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Science
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
This Master's degree leads to an initial licensure in Agricultural Education. Master of Science (MS)/initial licensure programs are for individuals with bachelor's degrees who want to become licensed teachers. These graduate-level programs provide rigorous, professional teacher preparation in accordance with Standards of Effective Practice for Teachers (SEPT) and content standards of the Minnesota Board of Teaching. The agricultural education initial licensure program at the University of Minnesota is designed to help students become accomplished professional educators who can help students succeed in the classroom. The program prepares inquiring, analytical, and reflective professional educators who can teach in the classroom and lead in the schools. Students enter a 12 to 15-month program integrating educational theory with classroom practice. Working closely with experienced teachers, students observe firsthand the daily rewards and pressures of their profession. Flexibility is an important advantage of this program. Students may enroll in any semester and are welcomed into the entire agriculture education program, building valuable professional support. A second advantage is that most program credits may be applied toward completion of the MS degree. This program includes two components: initial licensure and the MS degree. After successfully completing licensure requirements and appropriate work experience, students are recommended for state licensure to teach agricultural education in grades 5-12.
Accreditation
This program is accredited by Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB)
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 2.50.
Relevant professional experience and/or a relevant undergraduate major is required.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
A minimum of 100 hours of experience in youth education.
Special Application Requirements:
In addition to other required materials, applicants must submit a personal statement, diversity statement, course history form, youth experience form, a résumé and two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant's potential in the field. Admissions is done on a rolling basis with the following semester deadlines: March 1 (Summer), July 1 (Fall), and November 1 (Spring).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Plan C: Plan C requires 30 to 45 major credits and 0 credits outside the major. There is no final exam.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Courses must be taken A - F (unless only offered S/N) and students must earn a grade of C- or better.
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Students may not complete the program with more than one sub-plan.
Initial Licensure
This sub-plan is limited to students completing the program under Plan C.
In addition to the required coursework, content course credits are required for licensure. Students can take these courses as an undergrad prior to entering the program or enroll in these courses concurrently (totaling 42 credits). Animal Science (7) Applied Economics and Agribusiness (7) Food Science (3) Natural Resources (3) Plant Science (7) Soil Science (4) Technology [Ag Mechanics] (8) General Psychology (3)
Agricultural Education Licensure Courses
AECM 5115 - Foundations of Agricultural Education (3.0 cr)
AECM 5125W - Designing Curriculum & Instruction for Agricultural Education [WI] (3.0 cr)
AECM 5135 - Instructional Methodology for Agricultural Education (3.0 cr)
AECM 5145 - Agricultural Education Classroom & Program Leadership (3.0 cr)
AECM 5155 - Agricultural Education Teaching Seminar (3.0 cr)
AECM 5697 - Teaching Internship: School and Classroom Setting (2.0 cr)
AECM 5696 - Teaching Internship (2.0-10.0 cr)
CI 4602 - English Learners and Academic Language (1.0 cr)
CI 5163 - Child and Adolescent Development for Teaching and Learning I (1.0 cr)
CI 5164 - Child and Adolescent Development for Teaching and Learning II (2.0 cr)
CI 5307 - Technology for Teaching and Learning (1.5 cr)
CI 5452 - Reading in the Content Areas for Initial Licensure Candidates (1.0-2.0 cr)
EPSY 4001 - Teaching Students with Special Needs in Inclusive Settings (1.0 cr)
OLPD 5005 - School and Society (2.0 cr)
OLPD 5009 - Human Relations: Applied Skills for School and Society (1.0 cr)
Post-Licensure Courses
AECM 5995 - Integrating Paper--Master of Education: Agricultural and Extension Education (1.0-5.0 cr)
AECM 5220 - Special Topics in Agriculture Education and Extension (1.0-3.0 cr)
AECM 5280 - Current Issues for the Beginning Agricultural Education Teacher (1.0-3.0 cr)
AECM 5993 - Directed Study in Agricultural Education and Extension (1.0-4.0 cr)
 
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AECM 5115 - Foundations of Agricultural Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course explores historical and philosophical foundations and current structures of school-based agricultural education programs. Students will understand, value, and apply strategies to implement and manage the integrated program model of agricultural education.
AECM 5125W - Designing Curriculum & Instruction for Agricultural Education (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course provides students an opportunity to understand, observe, and experience the process of developing curriculum and instruction for school-based agricultural education. Through coursework and a part-time clinical field experience (minimum of 25 hours at an assigned placement) in a school setting (grades 5-12), students will engage in the development of middle and secondary school agricultural education curricula. Special consideration in planning will be given to identifying regional, state, and community needs as well as student interest and prior knowledge. Students will have the opportunity to determine a programmatic framework, outline a scope and sequence of courses within a school-based agricultural education program, develop course outlines and materials, and create units, sub-units, and daily lessons for a variety of content areas. Additionally, using the integrated program model, curricular and instructional opportunities related to experiential learning (Supervised Agricultural Experience ? SAE) and leadership development (FFA) will be addressed. prereq: Jr or Sr Ag Ed student, or Ag Ed MS IL student.
AECM 5135 - Instructional Methodology for Agricultural Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course focuses on instructional methodology for use in school-based agricultural education. Students will understand and apply psychological principles of teaching and learning, practice a variety of instructional strategies, develop pedagogical content knowledge, and apply the integrated program model of agricultural education to classroom teaching. Prerequisites: Junior or senior Ag Ed student or Ag Ed MS IL student
AECM 5145 - Agricultural Education Classroom & Program Leadership
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course examines models of classroom and program leadership within school-based agricultural education. Through coursework and a part-time clinical field experience (minimum of 25 hours) in a school setting (grades 5-12), students will learn, observe, and experience the ways in which school-based agricultural education teachers create and maintain an effective classroom/lab environment, manage student behavior, communicate and engage with school district leaders, program stakeholders, and community members to ensure student success. (3 credits) Prereqs: Jr or Sr Ag Ed student or Ag Ed MS IL student
AECM 5155 - Agricultural Education Teaching Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course emphasizes professionalism and the code of ethics for school-based agricultural educators. Students are prepared for the job search and teacher licensure application process. Students take this course concurrent with AECM 5698-Teaching Internship and apply professionalism and the integrated program model in their classroom, school, and community. Prereqs: Jr or Sr Ag Ed Student or Ag Ed MS IL student
AECM 5697 - Teaching Internship: School and Classroom Setting
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: AFEE 5697/WHRE 5697
Typically offered: Every Fall
Part-time supervised teaching experience in a school. Seminars on managing student's learning in context of work and human resource education programs in contemporary schools and on becoming a reflective educator. prereq: WHRE 5696 for initial licensure program
AECM 5696 - Teaching Internship
Credits: 2.0 -10.0 [max 20.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Agricultural Education teaching experience in a school system that provides instruction to grades 5-12. prereq: Admission to initial licensure program
CI 4602 - English Learners and Academic Language
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
The course prepares teacher candidates to work effectively with English Learners (ELs) and other linguistically diverse students in their subject areas of music and agricultural education and to develop their students' academic language proficiency as needed for school success. prereq: Music ed student OR Ag Ed student OR instr consent(If there are questions, contact Naim Madyun)
CI 5163 - Child and Adolescent Development for Teaching and Learning I
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Attending to constant transitions/development in which children and adolescents negotiate their road to adulthood. How to foster learning/positive development. prereq: Enrolled in teacher initial licensure program
CI 5164 - Child and Adolescent Development for Teaching and Learning II
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Transitions/development in which children/adolescents negotiate road to adulthood. How to foster learning/positive development. prereq: Enrolled in teacher initial licensure program
CI 5307 - Technology for Teaching and Learning
Credits: 1.5 [max 1.5]
Prerequisites: [MEd/initial licensure or CLA music ed major or preteaching major or #], basic computer skills
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Diverse educational technology in K-12 classrooms. Effective use of technology. Computer technologies used to stimulate personal productivity/communication and to enhance teaching/learning processes. prereq: [MEd/initial licensure or CLA music ed major or preteaching major or instr consent], basic computer skills
CI 5452 - Reading in the Content Areas for Initial Licensure Candidates
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in licensure area methods course(s), enrolled in Initial Licensure Program, Internet access, basic understanding of [computer use, Web browsers, email, word processing software]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Web-based course. Fostering students' reading related to learning from text. prereq: Concurrent enrollment in licensure area methods course(s), enrolled in Initial Licensure Program, Internet access, basic understanding of [computer use, Web browsers, email, word processing software]
EPSY 4001 - Teaching Students with Special Needs in Inclusive Settings
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Historical perspectives, definitions/professional language, characteristics, needs, service delivery systems for each area of exceptionality. prereq: Must be enrolled in either the initial teaching licensure program for music education or agricultural education students. All other initial teaching licensure candidates should enroll in 5015 and 5016.
OLPD 5005 - School and Society
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Readings in history, philosophy, social sciences, and law revealing diverse educational values in a pluralistic society. Multiple expectations of schools. Civil liberties, rights, community. Varying cultural backgrounds of students, family circumstances, exceptional needs. prereq: Jr or sr or MEd/initial licensure student or CLA music ed major or preteaching major or instr consent
OLPD 5009 - Human Relations: Applied Skills for School and Society
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Issues of prejudice/discrimination in terms of history, power, social perception. Knowledge/skills acquisition in cooperative learning, multicultural education, group dynamics, social influence, leadership, judgment/decision making, prejudice reduction, conflict resolution, teaching in diverse educational settings. prereq: MEd/init lic or CLA music ed or preteaching or instr consent
AECM 5995 - Integrating Paper--Master of Education: Agricultural and Extension Education
Credits: 1.0 -5.0 [max 10.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students prepare paper dealing with issues in agricultural education applied to professional responsibilities. AFEE 5995 can be taken for 1-5 credits, and students can enroll for two semesters for a combined max total of 5 credits.
AECM 5220 - Special Topics in Agriculture Education and Extension
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Content varies by offering.
AECM 5280 - Current Issues for the Beginning Agricultural Education Teacher
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Reflection, analysis on current problems and issues confronting beginning teachers of agricultural education. Issues in teaching methods, classroom and program management, discipline, curriculum, FFA and SAE development, school-to-work relationships.
AECM 5993 - Directed Study in Agricultural Education and Extension
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics may be chosen to permit study of areas within education or to supplement areas of inquiry not provided in the regular course structure.