This program is intended to meet the needs of persons currently employed or desiring employment in formal and non-formal education, including employment in secondary school agriculture programs, two-year postsecondary programs, vocational education administration/supervision positions, extension, private industry, public and private human service organizations, and international education.

Credits Required
A minimum of 30 graduate credits is required, of which at least 20 must be earned at the established graduate campus/center of the University where the program is offered. At least 18 credits at the 500-level or above and 6 credits for thesis research is required (600).

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

  • AEE 501 Foundations of AEE, 3 credits.
  • AEE 590 Colloquium, 1 credit. Graduate 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. These courses may be at either the 400- or 500-level or higher.
  • Three additional research credits beyond course taken to meet core research requirements; courses to select from among the following AG 400, AEE 520, AEE 521, AEE 509, EDPSY 400, EDPSY 406, R SOC 522.
  • 6 credits AEE 600
  • Eighteen of the 30 credits must be at the 500-level or above.

Writing/Defending the Thesis
The master's of science degree program requires that a thesis be written and defended before the graduate committee. The defense is open to the public and is to be announced by the candidate's advisor. The thesis (see Appendix B) must be approved by the student's graduate committee and forwarded to the Graduate School. When a thesis or dissertation 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.

Publication Requirement
It is required that all graduate students, master and doctoral, write an article or a paper for publication or presentation based upon (1) their thesis or professional paper or (2) their assistantship responsibilities as determined by the academic advisor and assistantship supervisor prior to the granting of a degree. The article or paper will be reviewed and approved by the student's graduate advisor. Academic credit may be granted for an acceptable article or paper. The article or paper will be submitted to a refereed or professional journal, a professional or research conference, and/or a popular magazine. If co-authored with a faculty member, the student's name will appear as the lead author. The manuscript and proof of submission should be turned into the Graduate Staff Assistant to be placed in the student's file.