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Agricultural Education M.Ed.

Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, 206 Burton Hall, 178 Pillsbury Dr. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-1006; fax: 612-624-3377)
Email: olpd@umn.edu
  • Students will no longer be accepted into this program after Summer 2017. Program requirements below are for current students only.
  • Program Type: Master's
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Length of program in credits: 30
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Master of Education
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.
Master of education (MEd)/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 MEd degree. Students have five years to complete their degree, beginning with the first course(s) used in the program, and must maintain a 2.80 minimum overall grade point average (GPA). This program includes two components: initial licensure and the MEd degree. After successfully completing licensure requirements and appropriate work experience, students are recommended for state licensure to teach agricultural education in grades 5-8 and 7-12. This program may also provide initial preparation for Minnesota State College and Universities (MnSCU) licensure in farm business management education.
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 or a relevant undergraduate major is also required.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
The agricultural education MEd in professional studies is not accepting students at this time. Candidates for both plans must have at least one year of professional experience before the degree is awarded.
Special Application Requirements:
In addition to other required materials, when applying online applicants must submit Statements #1 and 2, a résumé and two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the student's potential in the field. Admissions is done on a rolling basis with the following semesterly deadlines: March 1 (Summer), July 1 (Fall), and November 1 (Spring)
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 79
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 550
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 6.5
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 80
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
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 15 major credits and 15 credits outside the major. There is no final exam.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
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.
License
After successfully completing licensure requirements and appropriate work experience, students are recommended for state licensure to teach agricultural education in grades 5-8 and 7-12. This program may also provide initial preparation for Minnesota State College and Universities (MnSCU) licensure in farm business management education.
Please see OLPD website for more information about Licensure requirements in addition to the MEd http://www.cehd.umn.edu/OLPD/grad-programs/licensure.html
Required Courses
AFEE 5995 - Integrating Paper--Master of Education: Agricultural and Extension Education (1.0-5.0 cr)
OLPD 5819 - Evaluating and Using Research in Organizations and Education (3.0 cr)
6 credits minimum in additional AFEE courses credits in consultation with adviser: At least 2 credits from each of the following three areas: curriculum; methods; and program planning/organization/management
16 credits in agricultural, food, and environmental sciences or related fields of study credits in consultation with adviser (A maximum of 12 credits of AFEE 5220: Special Topics in Agriculture Education and Extension (1-3 cr) may be applied to this requirement.)
AFEE 5290 {Inactive} (1.0-3.0 cr)
or AFEE 5280 - Current Issues for the Beginning Agricultural Education Teacher (1.0-3.0 cr)
or Equivalent course chosen in consultation with an adviser
Electives
in consultation with adviser, if needed to meet 30 credit degree requirement
Professional Studies
The agricultural education MEd in professional studies is not accepting students at this time. This sub-plan is for individuals who are interested in agri-industry training and development, sales and sales management, extension service, or other areas of agriculturally based business. With guidance from faculty advisors, students choose at least 30 semester credits that may include coursework, independent study, internships, workshops, school-based experiences, and an integrating paper. Students can also enroll in courses offered during the summer and at off-campus school sites.
Required Courses
AFEE 5995 - Integrating Paper--Master of Education: Agricultural and Extension Education (1.0-5.0 cr)
OLPD 5819 - Evaluating and Using Research in Organizations and Education (3.0 cr)
10 credits selected from the following two areas credits in consultation with adviser: methods and program planning/organization/management
12 credits in agricultural, food, and environmental sciences or related fields of study credits in consultation with adviser(A maximum of 8 credits of AFEE 5220: Special Topics in Agriculture Education and Extension (1-3 cr) may be applied to this requirement.)
AFEE 5290 {Inactive} (1.0-3.0 cr)
or an equivalent course chosen in consultation with an adviser
Electives
Electives in consultation with advisor, if needed, to meet 30 credit degree requirement
 
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AFEE 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.
OLPD 5819 - Evaluating and Using Research in Organizations and Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Role of educational research in professional practice. Problems of practice for research. Alternative modes of research. Synthesis/application of results of research. prereq: Grad student
AFEE 5280 - Current Issues for the Beginning Agricultural Education Teacher
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every 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.
AFEE 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.
OLPD 5819 - Evaluating and Using Research in Organizations and Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Role of educational research in professional practice. Problems of practice for research. Alternative modes of research. Synthesis/application of results of research. prereq: Grad student