2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
    Jun 18, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Agricultural Education (M.S.)


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Program Coordinator/Contact

P. Troy White, Assistant Professor
Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
Wenona Hall 106
605-688-4546

Program Information

The Master’s degree in Agricultural Education is designed to meet the needs of individuals who work (or plan to work) in agricultural education, non-profit organizations, post-secondary education or in agriculture leadership. The department of Teaching, Learning, and Leaderships provides professional preparation for those who want to expand their knowledge and advance themselves professionally in the agricultural industry.

Students are able to choose from either a program in which only coursework is required or a program in which they must complete a research project or creative component. If a student elects to complete a thesis (Plan A) the program will include 30 credit hours. If a student elects to complete a creative component (Plan B), the student must complete a minimum of 32 credit hours in order to graduate. If a full coursework option is selected (Plan C), the student must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of current issues: The graduate of the curriculum and instruction program displays knowledge of current practices, research, theories, and issues in education.
  • Knowledge of learning: The graduate of the curriculum and instruction program demonstrates knowledge of how students learn and is able to effectively apply that knowledge within a variety of educational roles. (Transferable Skill: Teaching/Training)
  • Curricular processes: The graduate of the curriculum and instruction program effectively participates in curricular processes. (Transferable Skill: Teaching/Training)
  • Communication skills: The graduate of the curriculum and instruction program effectively communicates. (Transferable Skill: Teaching/Training)
  • Foundational lifetime learning skills: The graduate of the curriculum and instruction program displays commitment to professional involvement and growth through continual learning, reflective practice, and collaboration. (Transferable Skill: Teaching/Training)
  • Technology: The graduate of the curriculum and instruction program makes appropriate use of educational technology.

Accreditation, Certification, Licensure

This program can lead to alternative certification in agricultural education at the secondary level in South Dakota.

Course Delivery Format

The program can be completed online through the Brookings Campus. Some course offerings will be available face to face.

Available Options for Graduate Degrees


Master of Science Option A - Thesis 30 Credit Hours
  Option B - Research/Design Paper 32 Credit Hours
  Option C - Coursework Only 36 Credit Hours

Select one of the following options


Option A - Thesis


Option B - Research/Design Paper


Option C - Coursework Only


  • Electives Credits: 21

Total Required Credits: 30 (Option A), 32 (Option B), 36 (Option C)


Additional Admission Requirements


GRE: Not required
TOEFL: 525 paper-based, 71 Internet-based or higher
IELTS: 5.5

Applicants must provide a resume, goal statement, and two professional letters of reference as part of the application process.

General Requirements


Graduate students should consult with their advisor before registering for graduate coursework.

For additional information refer to the Master’s Degree Requirements .

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