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Requirements

This program is intended to meet the needs of persons currently employed or desiring employment in agricultural education, including employment in secondary school agriculture programs, two-year post secondary programs, career and technical administration/supervision positions, private industry, and international education. You can earn your degree in residence during the academic year or through annual three-week summer sessions.

Credits Required
A minimum of 30 graduate credits earned with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher completed within eight years of admission to the degree program is required; 20 of these credits must be earned in residence; at least 24 must be in course work. At least 18 credits at the 500-level or above must be included in the program and a significant culminating or "capstone" experience or other mechanism to demonstrate evidence of analytical ability and synthesis of material is required.

Composition of Coursework
Requirements for the 30-credit master’s degree include:

  • AEE 501 Foundations of AEE, 3 credits.
  • AEE 590 Colloquium, 1 credit. Resident students are expected to attend all departmental colloquia. (Meets PSU SARI requirement).
  • At least one, three-credit course from each core area: educational processes; communications/leadership development; program development and evaluation; research, totaling 15 credits and these courses maybe at the 400- or 500-level or higher.
  • Three credit professional paper (AEE 596) or 6-credit thesis (AEE 600) must have the approval of the student’s graduate committee and be related to the candidate’s area of professional interest.
  • 18 of the 30 credits must be at the 500-level or higher.

Writing the Professional Paper or Thesis
This master of education program requires that a professional paper or thesis be written. The topic should be based on the candidate’s area of professional interest and approved by the candidate’s graduate committee. A copy of the bound paper is placed on file in the Department. When a thesis is submitted to the Thesis Office, it must meet the formatting and deadline requirements set forth in the latest edition of the Thesis Guide. All doctoral dissertations and master's theses must be submitted electronically. For more information on electronic theses and dissertations (eTDs), visit the eTD Web site; a copy must be filed in the Department. The most recent Thesis Guide can be accessed at the Graduate School. The defense for this paper/thesis is open to the public and is to be announced by the candidate’s advisor.

Publication Requirement
Prior to the granting of a degree, all graduate students are required to write and submit an article for publication in a refereed professional journal or a refereed paper. For students completing a culminating experience, a refereed poster for presentation at a professional conference is also appropriate. If co-authored with a faculty member, the student’s name will appear as the lead author. The topic should be based on:

  • the student’s professional paper, thesis, or culminating experience or
  • a topic related to the student’s assistantship responsibilities that has been pre-approved by his/her academic advisor.

The publication and proof of submission should be turned into the Graduate Staff Assistant to be placed in the student’s file.