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Academic Programs

The Department of Agricultural and Extension Education offers a number of undergraduate and graduate degrees. We also offer undergraduate and graduate minors and a graduate certificate. A brief overview of each follows. More detail can be found in the links to the left.

Undergraduate Degrees:

  • Agricultural Education - Prepares individuals to teach agriculture and be FFA advisors in public and private schools. Upon completion of this program one can be certified to teach agriculture in North Carolina. Because of reciprocity agreements with other states, one can easily become certified in about 35 other states.

  • Agricultural Science - Students in this program study all aspects of the food and fiber industry and specialize in two agricultural specialties such as animal science, crop science, agricultural business management, etc. A unique feature of this curriculum is a strong agricultural leadership component that provides skills necessary to work effectively within an agricultural organization and to advance into leadership positions.

  • Extension Education - The primary purpose of the extension education program at North Carolina State University is to prepare graduates for positions as county extension agents and as leaders in the agricultural industry. Careers such as these require not only a knowledge of agricultural subject matter but also the ability to communicate that information effectively to others.

Undergraduate Minors:

  • Extension Education - The minor in Extension Education is open to all interested baccalaureate students. The minor is especially appropriate for students enrolled in agricultural, natural resource, and nutrition majors and/or those students who are interested in careers with the Cooperative Extension Service or other nonformal educational/community outreach organizations.

  • Leadership in Agricultural and Life Sciences - This minor is open to all interested baccalaureate students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The minor is especially appropriate for students enrolled in Agricultural and Life Sciences majors seeking a competitive edge when applying for supervisory or management positions in careers related to the Agriculture and Life Sciences industries.

Graduate Degrees:

  • Master's of Agricultural and Extension Education - This is a non-thesis degree designed to further enhance the professional knowledge and skills of those who are employed or desired to be employed as agriculture teachers or extension agents. Students who career goals encompass working with people in an agricultural or environmental setting outside of public schools or the Cooperative Extension Service also find this degree to be beneficial. This degree can be completed on campus or by distance education.

  • Master of Science in Agricultural and Extension Education - This degree is also designed to further enhance the professional knowledge and skills of those who are employed or desired to be employed as agriculture teachers or extension agents. There is greater emphasis on research in this degree and students are required to write a thesis. Many consider this to be good preparation for those who have an ultimate goal of pursuing a doctoral degree.

  • Doctor of Education in Agricultural and Extension Education - This degree prepares individuals for leadership positions as university professors, extension administrators, extension specialists and researchers in fields related to agricultural and extension education. This is a research based degree. 

Graduate Certificates and Minors:

  • Graduate Certificate in Agricultural and Extension Education - For those who desire additional knowledge and skills in agricultural and extension education without completing an entire Master's program, the certificate program is the way to go. Fifteen credit hours of specified courses are required.

  • Minor in Agricultural and Extension Education - Graduate students outside of Agricultural and Extension Education may choose to get a minor in the field. This means the student typically completed 9-15 semester hours of AEE courses and adds a faculty member from the department to the graduate committee.

Other:

  • LEAP (Licensure in Education for Agricultural Professionals) - Because of the acute shortage of agriculture teachers in North Carolina and the nation, the Department offers an online teacher certification program for individuals who already possess a Bachelors degree in some field of agriculture. At the completion of the program the individual is certified to teach in the public schools. The LEAP program is often combined with the Master's program or the Graduate Certificate program.

  • 6th Year Certificate - Some universities offer a "Specialist" degree which is between the Master's and Doctoral degree. NCSU does not offer such a degree. However, the salary schedule and teaching licenses in North Carolina have a step in between the Master's and Doctoral degrees that is commonly referred to as a 6th year certificate. We do work with teachers on an individual basis to help them qualify for the 6th year certificate.

  • AG*IDEA - A number of universities have agreed to share graduate courses in agricultural education with each other. This consortium is know as AG*IDEA. This not a degree program as such but does give our students the opportunity to take courses at other universities. The reason it is listed here is because some people mistakenly believe it is some type of degree -- but it is not. Please follow the link on the left to learn more about the courses available through AG*IDEA and to learn how to enroll in a course.





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