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School/College: School of Agriculture & Environmental Science
Degree(s) Offered: Master of Science
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Antoine J. Alston Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 336-334 -7711
Department Chair: Dr. Anthony Yeboah Email: email@example.com Phone: 336-334-7943
The Master of Science in Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices in the global agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems. Agricultural Education at North Carolina A&T is offered completely online and on campus. The program is comprised primarily of two major study tracks: Professional Licensure and Agricultural Professional Service. The Professional Licensure track prepares individuals to teach Agricultural Education in the secondary and middle school grades of the public school system. Additionally, students are prepared for other careers in agribusiness, government, and international agriculture. Students enrolled in the Agricultural Professional Service track are prepared for careers in agribusiness, government, and international agriculture. This track is especially designed for individuals interested in careers that involve the need for advanced knowledge in agriculture and related subject areas within government, agribusiness, and other professional settings. Students interested in international study can participate in the Master's International Peace Corps. option. Students in both study tracks are also prepared for doctoral degree programs and other professional schools.
Additional Admission Requirements
- Applicants are encouraged to provide GRE scores; however, these scores are not required for admission or graduation.
- Basic preparation in an agricultural related discipline or other broadly related areas.
- The Professional Licensure track is designed for individuals who are currently teaching secondary agricultural education, holders of the “A” License for secondary agricultural education in the State of North Carolina, are provisionally licensed for agricultural education, or are seeking licensure through the graduate program.
Upon completion of the graduate program in Agricultural Education:
- Students will critically analyze issues impacting the food, agricultural, and environmental science.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate knowledge and issues impacting the food, agricultural, and environmental science disciplines.
- Students will develop and implement effective program planning and evaluation plans for their agricultural education programs to facilitate improvement of agricultural education programs.
- Demonstrate a deeper appreciation and knowledge of the agricultural education discipline.
- Students will be able to implement and use a variety of instructional methodologies and technologies.
- Students will be prepared to teach a diverse population about subject matter related to food, agricultural, and environmental sciences.
Both the Agricultural Education (Professional Licensure) and Agricultural Education (Professional Service) tracks require the completion of 37 credit hours. Both tracks have a thesis and non-thesis option. The program is very flexible, allowing a student to design a plan of study to meet their personal and career goals. All courses in the program are currently offered totally online. Upon entering the program, all students must form a graduate committee that is charged with guiding the student’s academic program. Additionally, students must complete a final comprehensive exam before graduation.
Core Courses (12 Credit Hours)
AGED 336 Foundation and Philosophy of Agricultural Education– 3 hours
AGED 710 Program Design, Management, and Evaluation– 3 hours
AGED 711 Advance Teaching and Assessment Methods– 3 hours
AGED 752 Special Populations in Agricultural Education– 3 hours
Research and Advanced Competency Core ( 4 Credit Hours)
AGED-700 Advanced Competencies and Portfolio Development– 1 hour
AGED 703 Scientific Methods in Research– 3 hours
Thesis/Program Plan Project Core (6 Credit Hours Thesis/4 Credit Hours Non-Thesis)
AGRI 799 Thesis - 6 hours
AGED 797 Agricultural Education Program Management Plan Project– 4 hours
Electives (15 hours if thesis track/17 hours if non-thesis track)
Students can select electives from a variety of areas which include courses in agricultural education, agricultural science, curriculum and instruction, and a variety of other areas.
Requirements specific to specializations/program options/tracks:
Project Option: 33 Coursework Hours 4 Project Hours 0 No Option
Thesis Option: 31 Coursework Hours 6 Project Hours 0 No Option
Comprehensive Exam, if appropriate: Required
Licensure requirements, if appropriate: Required
Faculty in the Agricultural Education program annually pursue and obtain research funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Education, and other public and private organizations. A limited number of assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Financial assistance is based upon merit and availability of funds.
Upon entering the graduate program in Agricultural Education students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of internships with numerous governmental agencies, private organizations, agribusinesses, in addition to studying abroad. The program offers a special Peace Corps International option for students seeking long term study abroad experiences.
Clinical Field Experiences
Students within the program who do not hold a clear “A” level teaching license will be required to complete a clinical educational practicum in a secondary education setting. Upon completion this can lead to recommendation for advanced licensure in Agricultural Education to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
All students are assigned an advisor upon entering the program, who will guide them in the selection of their respective graduate committee and graduate plan of study.
Students enrolled in the Professional Licensure Concentration are immersed in a curriculum based upon advanced competencies as mandated by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Students enrolled in the Professional Licensure concentration have the option to pursue a thesis or non-thesis track. Upon completion of this concentration students are eligible for the “M” License in secondary agricultural education for the State of North Carolina.
All students upon entering the graduate program in agricultural education must form a graduate committee consisting of three graduate faculty members. At least one faculty member must be from the agricultural education program. The purpose of the graduate committee is to guide the student throughout their graduate studies at NC A&T State University.
Students enrolled in the Agricultural Education program have the opportunity to conduct research covering a wide array of subject matter with researchers across the School of Agriculture and Environmental Science, in addition to other academic units at the university.
The Agricultural Education program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to offer advanced licensure training in Agricultural Education.
Graduates of the program find employment in secondary education, agribusiness industry, federal and state government, cooperative extension, higher education, rural and international development, and nonprofits. Some prominent employers include the United States Department of Agriculture, John Deere, Kraft, Cargill, and the North Carolina Public School System. Many of our graduates go on to pursue doctoral work at prestigious research universities such as Iowa State, The Ohio State, Purdue, Penn State, and Virginia Tech.
Directory of Graduate Faculty
- Kofi Adu-Nyako, Adjunct Associate Professor, B.S., University of Science and Technology; M.S., Cornell University; Ph.D., University of Florida
- Antoine J. Alston, Professor, B.S., M.S., North Carolina A&T State University; Ph.D., Iowa State University
- Godfrey C. Ejimakor, Professor, B.S., North Carolina State University; M.S., North Carolina A&T State University; Ph.D., Texas Tech
- Paula E. Faulkner, Assistant Professor, B.S., M.S., North Carolina A&T State University, Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University
- Benjamin Gray, Associate Professor, B.S., M.S. North Carolina A&T State University, Ph.D., North Carolina State University
- Kenrett Y. Jefferson-Moore, Associate Professor B.S. Southern University, M.S. Alabama A&M University, Ph.D. Auburn University
- Daniel M. Lyons, Cooperative Extension Faculty, Administration, B.S., M.S., North Carolina A&T State University; Ed.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
- Donald R. McDowell, Professor, B.S., Southern University A&M; M.S., Ph.D., University of Illinois
- John O’Sullivan, Cooperative Extension Faculty, B.A., Stanford University; M.S., Auburn University; Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles
- Richard D. Robbins, Professor , B.S., North Carolina A&T State University; M.S., Ph.D., North Carolina State University
- Terrence Thomas, Associate Professor, B.S., University of West Indies; M.S., University of Wisconsin; Ph.D., Louisiana State University
- Chastity Warren English, Assistant Professor, B.S., M.S., North Carolina A&T State University; Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
- Anthony K. Yeboah, Professor and Chairperson, B.S., University of Science and Technology; M.S., Ph.D., Iowa State University
- Osei-Agyeman Yeboah, Associate Professor, B.S. University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana, M.S. North Carolina A&T State University; Ph.D. University of Nebraska