• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    32
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $566.23
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $566.23

A masters degree in agricultural education from MU can help you develop your leadership skills and prepare for a role in the public sector or industry. If you want to advance your career in agricultural or extension education, communication or informal adult education, this may be the degree for you. 

This degree has potential benefits for:

  • Classroom or extension educators in agriculture or the environment 
  • Communications or public relations professionals 
  • International agricultural development specialists 
  • Program managers or producers 
  • Sales professionals 
  • Youth specialists 

Course work covers:

  • Leadership theory 
  • Advanced teaching methods 
  • Evaluating educational programs 
  • Research methods and design 
  • Technical communication 
  • Adult education 

This program is part of the Great Plains AG IDEA consortium of 19 universities. Students apply to and are admitted by one university, enroll in all of their courses through that university and graduate from that university. However, the online courses are taught by faculty in the discipline from several universities.

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
  3. This program requires GRE scores as part of the application if your GPA is less than 3.2. If you have not taken the exam in the last five years, please do so before you apply.
  4. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
  5. Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  6. Personal data sheet.
  7. Two letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of two or more people who can attest to your professional competence, academic preparation and potential for graduate work. One should be a college or university professor who can discuss your academic abilities, and one should be an administrator or colleague who can describe authoritatively your professional experience and potential. Graduate Studies will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

To apply to this program:

This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

Application Deadlines

Fall semester
July 15
Spring semester
December 1

Courses

Core
  • AG_ED_LD 7087Internship Seminar in Agricultural Education and Leadership (1-3 credit hours)

    Seminar focused on the problems of practice and developing skills needed for a career in teaching agriculture at the secondary level. The core of the seminar is on coordinating experimental learning and leadership development activities, managing the complete program, and professional development. Corequisites: AG_ED_LD 4995.

  • AG_ED_LD 7170Introduction to Applied Statistics3 Credits

    Introduces statistical techniques including descriptive statistics, correlation, simple regression and hypothesis testing. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: College Algebra or equivalent.

  • AG_ED_LD 7340Designing and Delivering Educational and Leadership Programs3 Credits

    EDU & LEAD PROG DESIGN

  • AG_ED_LD 7350Inservice Course in Agricultural Education and Leadership (or equivalent, max. 8 credit hours)1 Credit

    Professional development course which focuses on enhancing the technical, administrative, or management skills of agricultural educators.

  • AG_ED_LD 8080Creative Component in Agricultural Education and Leadership3 Credits
  • AG_ED_LD 8087Adult Ed (Courses Provided Through AG*IDEA)

    Seminar in Agricultural Education and Leadership.

  • AG_ED_LD 8087Creative & Crititcal Thinking (Courses Provided Through AG*IDEA)

    Seminar in Agricultural Education and Leadership.

  • AG_ED_LD 8087Graphic Design (Courses Provided Through AG*IDEA)

    Seminar in Agricultural Education and Leadership.

  • AG_ED_LD 8087Interpreting Social Data (Courses Provided Through AG*IDEA)

    Seminar in Agricultural Education and Leadership.

  • AG_ED_LD 8087Prncpls Tchnlgcl Chng (Courses Provided Through AG*IDEA)

    Seminar in Agricultural Education and Leadership.

  • AG_ED_LD 8087Risk & Crisis Comm (Courses Provided Through AG*IDEA)

    Seminar in Agricultural Education and Leadership.

  • AG_ED_LD 8087Scientific Communication (Courses Provided Through AG*IDEA)

    Seminar in Agricultural Education and Leadership.

  • AG_ED_LD 8087Seminar in Agricultural Education and Leadership

    Seminar in Agricultural Education and Leadership.

  • AG_ED_LD 8087Seminar in Agricultural Education and Leadership: Foundations of Agricultural Communications

    Seminar in Agricultural Education and Leadership.

  • AG_ED_LD 8087Seminar: Communicating Ethical Issues

    Seminar in Agricultural Education and Leadership.

  • AG_ED_LD 8087Seminar:Environmental Communication

    Seminar in Agricultural Education and Leadership.

  • AG_ED_LD 8087Theory in Ag Comm (Courses Provided Through AG*IDEA)

    Seminar in Agricultural Education and Leadership.

  • AG_ED_LD 8087Utilizing Online Media (Courses Provided Through AG*IDEA)

    Seminar in Agricultural Education and Leadership.

  • AG_ED_LD 8087Volunteer Managment (Courses Provided Through AG*IDEA)

    Seminar in Agricultural Education and Leadership.

  • AG_ED_LD 8087Working with Diverse Students (Courses Provided Through AG*IDEA)

    Seminar in Agricultural Education and Leadership.

  • AG_ED_LD 8090Thesis Research in Agricultural Education and Leadership (4-6 credit hours)1 Credit

    Independent research activities by a master's student that culminates in a thesis. Graded on S/U basis only. Prerequisites: instructor's consent.

  • AG_ED_LD 8250Leadership Theory and Application3 Credits

    Survey of concepts, theories and practices of leadership, personal development and group dynamics. Exploration of leadership traits and models with a focus upon how they apply to Agricultural Education.

  • AG_ED_LD 8330Advanced Methods of Teaching3 Credits

    Explores the principles and psychological aspects of teaching and learning; teaching strategies, methods, and techniques; evaluating student learning; motivating students; and personal teacher behaviors that influence learning.

  • AG_ED_LD 8340Student and Teacher Development in Agricultural Education and Leadership3 Credits

    Examines planning and supervising career exploration, experiential learning, and leadership development activities of secondary agriculture students. The professional development of the secondary agriculture teacher is also examined. Prerequisites: AG_ED_LD 4310 or equivalent.

  • AG_ED_LD 8350College Teaching of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources3 Credits

    A course designed to assist current or future college faculty who wish to improve their teaching skills. Topics include theories, principles and practices associated with effective teaching and learning in higher education.

  • AG_ED_LD 8351Induction Year Teaching I3 Credits

    Continuing education course for the professional development of first-year teachers of agriculture. The course focuses on the pedagogical knowledge, skills, and attitudes and managerial skills needed by beginning teachers of agriculture.

  • AG_ED_LD 8352Induction Year Teaching II3 Credits

    Continuing education course for the professional development of second-year teachers of agriculture. The course is a continuation of AG_ED_LD 8351 and focuses on the pedagogical knowledge, skills, and attitudes and managerial skills needed by beginning teachers of agriculture. Prerequisites: AG_ED_LD 8351.

  • AG_ED_LD 8410Philosophical Foundations of Agricultural Education and Leadership3 Credits

    Overview of the history and philosophical development of agricultural education and leadership as a discipline. Philosophers, policy makers, movements, trends, and legislation that has influenced agricultural education. Current issues and future trends impacting the field. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • AG_ED_LD 8430Evaluation of Educational Programs3 Credits

    (same as RU_SOC 8430). Examines program evaluation concepts, principles, and models; and identifies major steps in planning, conducting, and reporting results of evaluation objects.

  • AG_ED_LD 8510Research Methods and Design3 Credits

    (same as RU_SOC 8510, AG_EC 8510).This course will give students a foundational understanding of quantitative research methods and design in the social and behavioral sciences. The main objective is to help students identify and formulate their own research questions and develop and implement a process for answering them. Students will examine the nature of the research process, explore the connection between theory and empirical research, identify viable research topics, critique published research, learn how to structure good arguments, understand the structure of research papers and proposals, plan and manage research activities, and become familiar with research ethics. Graded on A-F basis only.

  • AG_ED_LD 8540Methods of Qualitative Research3 Credits

    (same as RU_SOC 8540). Overview of philosophies, approaches toward, design, data collection, analysis and reporting of qualitative research.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $566.23
  • Fees: $13.77
  • Total: $580.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1698.69
  • Fees: $41.31
  • Total: $1740.00
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $566.23
  • Fees: $13.77
  • Total: $580.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1698.69
  • Fees: $41.31
  • Total: $1740.00
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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