Program Overview

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.

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    Degree Level: Master

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    New Mexico State University, a four-year, public, land-grant institution, was founded in 1888 as Las Cruces College. In 1889, the New Mexico territorial legislature authorized the creation of an agricultural college and experiment station and Las Cruces College became the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. Due to rapid growth, in 1960 university status was awarded and the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts became New Mexico State University. The school's mission is "to serve the educational needs of New Mexico’s diverse population through comprehensive programs of education, research, extension education, and public service."

    Students have a variety of options academically at New Mexico State University. There are nine colleges in which students can find a program to interest them. The colleges include:

    • College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Business
    • College of Education
    • College of Engineering
    • College of Health and Social Services
    • Honors College

    NMSU offers bachelor degree completion programs, master's and doctorate programs, and a number of certificate and licensure options online.


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