The Online Master of Science Program
Our online program is comprised of two required courses and your selection of other course work from our department or other appropriate web-based courses available in the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences. Three credits of non-thesis research is also required, as you will develop a cumulative project under the direction of your advisor (you may use up to six research credits). The Master of Science in AEC requires a minimum of 32 credit hours for completion, a nonthesis project, and a final comprehensive exam.
To view our course matrix schedule, with a detailed listing of course offerings by semester and year, click here.
Online course offerings will be marked WEB in the Schedule of Courses from the Registrar.
Please contact the e-Learning coordinator to register for departmentally controlled sections (marked DEPT, these courses are eligible for tuition waivers and the EEP benefit).
Core Courses & Required Nonthesis Research
AEC 6905: Statistical Thinking in Behavorial Sciences
This is an introductory course designed to introduce basic fundamentals and statistical procedures to agriscience teachers and extension county faculty. It is designed to assist students in becoming better consumers of agricultural and educational research. Offered Fall Even Years
AEC 6767: Research Strategies in Agricultural Education & Communication
Application of principles, practices, and strategies for conducting behavioral research in agricultural and natural resource professions. Offered Spring Odd Years
AEC 6912: Nonthesis Research in Agricultural and Extension Education
Supervised research hours, typically taken the semester of graduation.
AEC 5060: Public Opinion and Agricultural and Natural Resource Issues
Public opinion measurement and agenda setting. Media treatment, public opinion, and public relations/ public information activity regarding issues affecting agricultural production and trade. Offered Spring Even Years
AEC 5541: Communication and Instructional Technologies in Agricultural and Life Sciences
Planning and production of written and visual instructional and communication materials for programs in agricultural and life sciences. Major instructional project or communication campaign required. Offered Fall Odd Years
AEC 5454: Leadership Development for Extension and Community Nonprofit Organizations
Application of concepts related to developing leaders for organizing and maintaining extension and community nonprofit organizations. Offered Spring Even Years
AEC 6210: Designing Educational Programs in Agricultural Settings
This course is designed to engage students in appropraite teaching techniques, curricula, and resources. Emphasis will be placed on instruction in both formal and nonformal settings. Offered Summer Odd Years
AEC 6211: Delivery of Educational Programs in Agricultural Settings
Introduction to the foundational teaching methods. Offered Fall Odd Years
AEC 6229: Laboratory Instruction: Theory & Practice
Research and theoretical foundations that underlie the aspects of planning, management, teaching, evaluation, safety, and facility design will be discussed within the context of laboratory instruction. Offered Summer Every Year
AEC 6300: Methodology of Planned Change
Processes by which professional change agents influence the introduction, adoption, and diffusion of technological changes. Applicable to those w\ho are responsible for bringing about change. Offered Spring Odd Years
AEC 6325: History & Philosophy of Agricultural Education
Analysis of evolving concepts and philosophies. Emphasis on history, legislation, and principles underlining organization and practice. Participation in field experience required. Offered Summer Every Year
AEC 6426: Development of a Volunteer Leadership Program.
Identification, recruitment, training, retention, and supervision of volunteer leaders. Offered Summer Even Years
AEC 6543: Teaching and Learning Theory: Applications in Agricultural Education and Communication
Contemporary and foundational theory and research on teaching and learning processes with emphasis on applications in agricultural education and communication. Emphasis will be placed upon behavioral, social cognitive, cognitive, information processing, brain-based, constructivist, developmental, motivational, and transformational theories as they apply in contemporary agricultural education and communication settings. Offered Summer Even Years
AEC 6552: Evaluating Programs
Concepts and research drawn from the social sciences relevant to evaluating youth and adult extension programs. Offered Summer Odd Years
AEC 6905: Human Dynamics in Leadership
Human Dynamics comprises the actions and interactions of personal, interpersonal, and social/contextual factors and their effects on behavioral outcomes. Human dynamics are influenced by factors such as economics, religion, politics, and culture. Students should have a greater ability for understanding themselves with respect to the complex adaptive systems that they are a part of, the role of influence on the political structures that govern their practice, and how to develop characteristics consistent with learning organizations in the groups they work with. Offered Fall Odd Years
AEC 6905: Organizational Leadership
This course is designed to examine leadership as it relates to organizations and provide a knowledge base of theories, research and practices necessary for effective organizations. Offered Fall Even Years
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Dr. Nicole Stedman
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