The Program Development and Evaluation option allows students to select course work related to their specific interests including program design, implementation, and evaluation.

Option Details

This area of specialization is in the much needed, and in-demand, area of program design, delivery, and evaluation. While long the basis for Extension Educators (formerly our Extension Education degree), this area of expertise is in demand in nearly all fields as they seek to move cutting edge research to applied programming.

Degree Options

  • Master of Education (M.Ed.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

M.Ed., M.S. and Ph.D. students in Education, Development and Community Engagement will demonstrate competency and breadth of knowledge in their chosen specialization within Program Development and Evaluation, Leadership and Community Development, Educational Processes, Research Methods, Data Analysis and Statistics. They will create new knowledge by conducting and reporting relevant research within their sub-disciplines. Students will be able to communicate with diverse audiences regarding issues related to Program Development and Evaluation, Leadership and Community Development, Educational Processes. They will develop analytical and critical thinking skills so that they can apply their knowledge to address relevant community and societal problems. They will become practiced in applying the principles of academic integrity and proper research methodology and reporting.

Course Work

This option requires 18-24 credits, chosen from the following:

  • EDCE 525 Program Design and Delivery
  • EDCE 550 Program Development and Evaluation in Youth, Families and Communities
  • EDCE 555 Volunteer Program Management
  • EDCE 535 Youth Civic Development
  • EDCE 840 Applied Youth Development
  • EDCE 845 Intergenerational Programs and Practices

Professional Associations

To establish themselves as independent scholars, all graduate students are expected to become a member of at least one professional association linked to their professional and research interests. The following are the primary associations for this area of specialization:

American Evaluation Association

Global Implementation Society