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Agricultural Education & Leadership

The Agricultural Education and Leadership sequence is designed to advance student’s skills and knowledge in the field of both formal and informal agricultural education. Through a cross-disciplinary approach utilizing courses and resources from a variety of departments and programs on campus, individuals can tailor a program to provide the skills and knowledge to advance the student in their career.


Curriculum Requirements

All students complete a minimum of 36 semester hours. 

In this sequence, students choosing the thesis option or nonthesis option must complete the required degree core courses (seven hours) consisting of AGR 403, 445, and 497, and the following sequence requirements.
Students who completed a limited number of Agricultural Education or education courses as undergraduates may be required to take undergraduate foundation courses as a prerequisite. Foundation courses cannot be presented for use in the
Agricultural Education and Leadership degree program.

Thesis Option: Option I is a 36 hour program that requires a thesis. Students selecting this option will complete the degree core requirements of seven hours, fourteen hours of agriculture electives, nine hours from Curriculum and Instruction, Technology, or other coursework identified by the student’s graduate committee as relevant to the area of interest, and six hours of Master’s Thesis (AGR 499)

Non-thesis Option: Option II is a 36 hour program that requires a synthesizing experience consisting of three hours of Independent Study (AGR 400) under the direction of a major adviser and with the approval of an advisory committee. Students selecting this option will also complete the degree core requirements of seven hours, fourteen hours of ag electives, nine hours of Curriculum & Instruction, Technology or other approved area, and three hours of electives. Students selecting this option must also pass a comprehensive written/oral examination.

Elective Courses: The following Department of Agriculture courses are acceptable to satisfy the elective courses requirements of this sequence: AGR 304, 305, 306, 310, 312, 313, 314, 315, 317, 318, 319, 320, 340, 352, 353, 355, 356, 357, 363, 372, 375, 380, 381, 383, 418, 420, 422, 424.

Additional graduate electives may come from Teaching and Learning (TCH 401, 402, 407, 409, 411, 430, 432, 434, 441, 450, 453, 473, 478) and/or Technology (TEC 301, 302, 306, 406, 407, 408, 420, 421, 422) or coursework of interest from
pertinent departments approved by the student’s committee.

Illinois State University

Department of Agriculture
Normal, Il 61790-5020
Phone: (309) 438-5654

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