Masters in Agricultural Education

Course Descriptions

AGED 600
Research Methodology in Agricultural Education
3.0 | Fa

Introduction to research in Agricultural Education. Students learn the application of behavioral research techniques in the human aspects of agriculture including proposal preparation, literature review, research design, data analysis, and the dissemination of results.

AGED 601
Program Planning in Agricultural Education
3.0 | Sp

Program development in agricultural and extension education. Consideration of the need for planning programs in education; objectives and evaluation of community programs; use of advisory groups; organization; and use of facilities.

AGED 602
Instructional Methodology in Agricultural Education
3.0 | Fa

Advanced methods of teaching agriculture. Learn the application of theoretical models and research on effective teaching in secondary agricultural education programs, teaching strategies, planning required, and instructional management for students with varying backgrounds. Evaluation of student learning and teacher evaluation of instruction. Theory and practice of effective teaching in agricultural and life sciences. Emphasis on course planning, teaching and learning styles, instructional techniques, laboratory instruction, text construction, student evaluation, instructional technology, and faculty roles and responsibilities.

AGED 603
Agricultural Leadership, Supervision & Administration
3.0 | FS

Theory of motivation and behavior, leadership and management styles, change agents, and the adoption process will be explored. More specifically, students will study leadership theory including definitions of leadership, a history of modern leadership theory, and current trends in leadership practice and research. Students will discuss models of leadership including contingency models, situational leadership, and transformational leadership.

AGED 604
Program Evaluation in Agricultural Education
3.0 | FS

Evaluation principles, models, and procedures used in developing and analyzing, agricultural, vocational, technical, and extension education programs; role of comprehensive evaluation in needs assessments, program planning, program implementation, and the marketing of outcomes to major stake-holders; designs for evaluating agricultural and extension programs. Evaluation logic model is presented to identify and describe program inputs, activities, outputs, and outcomes.

AGED 605
Adult Learners in Agricultural Education
3.0 | FS

Designed to meet the needs of leaders in adult education. An opportunity to study some of basic problems and values in working with adult groups. Attention given to problem of fitting educational program for adults into public school program and other educational programs as well as to methods of teaching adults.

AGED 606
Instructional Technologies for Agricultural Educators
3.0 | FS

Principles, theory and techniques of using information technologies to provide instruction to learners—both in person and at a distance—in formal and non-formal educational settings.

AGED 607
Agricultural Education Foundations, History, and Philosophy
3.0 | FS

Development and organization of agricultural and extension education in America from colonial times to the present. Emphasis is placed on the role of societal and scientific changes, the federal government, and philosophy on evolution of agricultural and extension education.

AGED 608
Teaching Diverse Learners in Agricultural Education
3.0 | Sp

This course will engage students in a practical application of learning theories as they apply to diverse learners. This course will provide specific instruction relevant to secondary agricultural instructors such as Supervised Agricultural Experience Projects through the lens of diverse students, global leadership and intercultural competence. Students will identify strategies for recruitment and retention of non-traditional agriculture students and implement student engagement theories to encourage diverse student participation in all areas of successful agricultural programs.

AGED 609
Occupational Experience in Agriculture
3.0 | FS

A major and critical element in all programs of vocational education is provision for appropriate student learning experiences in a real and simulated employment environment. Due to recent developments in education and agriculture, new and expanded concepts of occupational experience are devised. Current research substantiates need and desire of teachers of agriculture for assistance in implementing new concepts. Also designed to develop depth of understanding of theoretical foundations, which support new developments in occupational experiences and stimulate individual growth and creativity in implementing further developments.

AGED 610
Assessment in Agricultural Education
3.0 | FS

This course is designed to develop an understanding and application of assessment relevant to agricultural education. Students will develop, administer, and analyze formal, informal, and performance assessment techniques to monitor and evaluate student learning and guide modification.

AGED 696
Comprehensive Examination
3.0 | Su

A formal examination comprised of content across the student’s course of study shall be prepared by the graduate advisory committee. The exam will include a six-hour written comprehensive examination and a one-hour oral review of the written exams.

AGED 697
Independent Study in Agricultural Education
1.0-3.0 | Inquire

This is an independent study of a graduate-level topic or problem. Students must receive permission from the graduate coordinator and must work directly with a faculty member at CSU, Chico or through the AG*IDEA consortium. Graduate students may take a maximum of 3 units of Independent Study.

Master's Project
1.0-6.0 | Su

A creative component may be selected upon the approval of the graduate advisory committee. The creative, comprehensive project will demonstrate applied research to solve a particular need or problem. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6 units.

Master's Thesis
1.0-6.0 Su

Upon agreement by the student’s graduate advisory committee, an acceptable thesis comprised of original research shall be submitted as the culminating activity The thesis proposal includes the following: literature review; problem and purpose or hypothesis of the research; research design; and research methodology. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6 units.