Working professionals in extension, adult and community education as well as those in school-based career and technical education must be life-long learners. The Master of Science program in Agricultural Systems Technology emphasizes a wide range of teaching and learning skills. Focus is placed on skill development, program planning, and evaluation techniques. It also requires proficiency in research methodology and statistical applications.
The Master of Science program in Agricultural Systems Technology offers specializations in Agricultural Extension Education, in Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Extension (FCSEE) and in Secondary and Post-Secondary Agricultural Education.
- The Agricultural Extension Education specialization provides a program for individuals interested in cooperative extension work. The curriculum for the program includes coursework related to managing people; planning, implementing and evaluating programs to promote technology transfer (adult education); understanding research techniques relevant to agricultural education and the managing of fiscal affairs.
- The purpose of the Family and Consumer Sciences Education and Extension specialization is to expand academic preparation in an area of study such as family studies, housing, textiles and clothing, nutrition and food sciences and management of personal resources. This specialization places emphasis on teaching and curriculum/program development and/or Extension. Students are prepared for community professions including secondary teaching, urban and rural extension, social science and business. Study may lead to supervisory and administrative positions in business, technical schools, and applied technology colleges or to consulting positions in mass media and industry. The master's degree does not result in a teaching license for public schools.
- The Secondary and Postsecondary Agricultural Education specialization is designed for persons desiring to improve their competencies as educators. This specialization provides teachers with opportunities to acquire additional knowledge in professional education and in their teaching specialties. The master's degree does not result in a teaching license for public schools.