Master of Arts in Agricultural and Extension Education
The Master of Arts in Agricultural and Extension Education degree offered by New Mexico State University’s Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences College is a program of study that is available to students in a hybrid format. The hybrid format refers to students being required to take courses in both the online environment as well as in the traditional, on-campus and in-classroom context. This program is aimed to individuals who wish to earn a Master’s degree, but who cannot take courses through traditional means. An objective of this program is to help educators in public secondary schools, community colleges, and informal educational positions related to the Cooperative Extension Service in the New Mexico Department of Agriculture or other governmental agencies. This program is intended to teach students who are looking to increase their educational, leadership, communication, and technical skills while working full-time. It is important to note that this program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
For example, students who are secondary public school teachers can use the skills and knowledge learned in this degree program to achieve Level III teacher licensure. Students who are Cooperative Extension Service professionals can use the competencies acquired in this program to achieve tenure track status with New Mexico State University. In this end, this program can be used to advance any professional’s career can benefit from this program through learning new and updated skills and knowledge.
This program requires students to take 30 to 32 credit hours of courses in order to graduate with the Master of Arts in Agricultural and Extension Education degree. Students who choose the non-thesis option must take 32 credit hours, while the thesis option requires students to take 30 credit hours of courses. The required courses include: Graduate Teaching Methods, Research methods, Data Collection and Analysis, Seminary or Professional Conference or Workshop, and Creative Component or Master’s Thesis.
Accreditation & Licensing
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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