Agricultural Education

Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Education

Professional Development in Agricultural Education

This option is designed for educators in both classroom and non-formal settings to continue their professional development.

Initial Teaching Licensure

This option is designed for students with a non-teaching baccalaureate degree seeking initial teacher licensure as agricultural education instructors. 

Who Should Enroll

  • Certified agricultural educators in middle, secondary or post-secondary schools
  • Agriculture, food or environmental science professionals in extension, industry or other non-formal education sessions who desire a masters degree
  • Those who are seeking initial certification as agricultural education instructors in middle or  secondary schools

Key Features

  • Flexibility to construct a graduate program that meets the needs of different students
  • A history of excellent job placement rates and starting salaries among graduates
  • A connection between theory and practice in the dynamic fields of agriculture, food and environmental science
  • Integration of distance learning and face-to-face classroom course work

Program Curriculum

Candidates select one of program options and obtain approval from the program coordinator before beginning their program of study.

Professional Development in Agricultural Education

Degree Requirements

Professional Education, 7 credits
TED 740 Foundations of American Education, 4 credits
TED 750 Advanced Educational Psychology, 3 credits
or TED 760 Methods in Research, 3 credits

Specialization, 20-21 credits
AGED 781, AGED 782, AGED 783 Research Seminar in Ag Ed (1 credit each), 3 credits
AGED 798 Independent Research, 1-3 credits
or AGED 799 Thesis, 2-3 credits

AGED electives, 3-6 credits

Specialization Electives, 9-14 credits
Selected upon consultation with advisor

Non-Specialization, 3 credits
Elective courses from outside the departments and selected for either professional education or specialization.

Initial Teaching Licensure

Degree Requirements

Undergraduate Requirements, 15 credits or more
TED 440 Techniques in Sec. Ed. - Ag., 3 credits
TED 475, Student Teaching K-12, 12 credits
or TED 478 Secondary School Internship, 12 credits
Any CAFES classes needed to meet WI DPI agriculture content standards or general education certification requirements.

Licensure Requirements, 27 credits
AGED 603 Supervision of Work Experience and Youth Organizations, 3 credits
AGED 662 Curriculum Design in Vocational Education, 3 credits
AGED 569 Philosophy of Vocational and Cooperative Education, 4 credits
AGED 701 Advanced Leadership and Group Dynamics, 2 credits
TED 745 Psychology of Teaching, 6 credits
ESM 500 Environmental Education, 3 credits
SPED 530 Exceptional Child, 3 credits
READ 622 Content Area Literacy in Middle & Secondary Schools, 3 credits

Research Requirements, 4-6 credits
AGED 781, AGED 782, AGED 783 Research Seminar in Ag Ed (1 credit each), 3 credits
AGED 798 Independent Research, 1-3 credits
or AGED 799 Thesis, 2-3 credits

Additional certification requirements include a portfolio, Praxis I and II tests and industry work experience.

Quick Response


For More Information

Dr. Tim Buttles, graduate program coordinator
College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science
Department of Agricultural Education

Initial Teaching Certification Portfolio Assistance

Contact Us

Admissions Office
M-F 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
112 South Hall