300 | 400 | Graduate
Agricultural Education and Studies
Robert A. Martin, Chair of Department
University Professors: Williams
Professors: Acker, Carter, Crawford, Martin,
W. Miller, Trede
Professors (Emeritus): Gamon, Gauger, Hoerner, Lawrence, Parsons
Associate Professors: Bogue, Honeyman, Jones,
Associate Professors (Emeritus): Bruene
Assistant Professors: Grudens-Schuck, Morris, Polito
Assistant Professors (Adjunct): Brown
For undergraduate curricula in agricultural education and
agricultural studies leading to the degree bachelor of science,
see College of Agriculture, Curricula.
The department offers two curricula for students desiring to enter
careers in agriculture and related fields. These curricula are agricultural
education and agricultural studies. The agricultural education curriculum
prepares persons for careers as agricultural education instructors
and educational specialists for industry and governmental agencies.
The agricultural education curriculum has two options, teacher certification
and communications. The agricultural studies curriculum prepares
persons for careers in production agriculture and agricultural industry.
Graduates of both curricula accept positions in agricultural business,
industry, agencies, and production agriculture.
Graduates are able to communicate effectively. They have a broad
base of agricultural knowledge. They have the ability to live and
work in a global society and have an understanding of today’s
technical society. They are skilled in making decisions and have
the ability to plan, organize, present, and evaluate information.
The department offers a minor in agricultural education which may
be earned by completion of a minimum of 15 credits in agricultural
education and studies courses, with a minimum of two courses at
the 400 level. Courses that can be taken for a minor are 211, 310,
311, 315, 402, 412 or 418, 414, 450, 490, 496, and 499.
Visit our departmental website at www.ageds.iastate.edu/
The department offers work for the degrees master of science
and doctor of philosophy with a major in agricultural education,
a specialization in agricultural extension education, opportunities
for emphasis in international agricultural education, and minor
work to students majoring in other curricula. Graduate students
who have earned a bachelor’s degree in an agricultural discipline
may plan a course of study that leads to teacher certification.
Candidates pursuing the master of science degree may do so by completing
either a thesis or nonthesis program of study.
Graduates have abilities in delivery systems, learning theories
and principles, formative and summative evaluation, philosophic
models, qualitative and quantitative research, organizational leadership,
policy development, assessing educational need, organizing educational
programs, and developing international agricultural education programs.
The department administers the interdepartmental graduate program
in professional agriculture designed for off-campus students pursuing
a master of agriculture degree; see Off-Campus Credit Courses and
The department also cooperates in the international development
studies option of the General Graduate Studies Program.
Courses and workshops are offered, both on and off campus, for extension
educators, teachers, and industry personnel.
Courses open to students for nonmajor graduate credit: 412, 414,
416, 417, 418, 450, 496.
Courses Primarily for Undergraduate Students
AgEds 110. Orientation. (1-0)
Cr. 0.5. F. Orientation to the department. Careers in agriculture.
A. Agricultural Education
B. Agricultural Studies
C. General Agriculture
AgEds 111. Orientation for Agricultural Excellence
Scholars. (1-0) Cr. 1 each time taken, maximum of 2 credits.
F. Prereq: Enrollment as an agricultural excellence scholar.
The roles of professionals in agriculture, academic preparation
for assuming the role of a professional in agriculture, and meeting
the demands of the scholar’s curriculum.
AgEds 112. Agriculture Biotechnology Colloquium.
(1-0) Cr. 1. S. Prereq: Enrollment as an agricultural excellence
scholar. The scientific basis of biological and social sciences
AgEds 211. Early Field
Based Experience. (1-0) Cr. 1 each time taken, maximum of
3 credits. F.S.SS. Prereq: 110. Five days on-site in an agricultural
setting observing competencies and issues in problem solving, decision-making,
initiative taking, teamwork, leadership, written and oral communications,
critical thinking and creativity. When students register it is their
responsibility to make an appointment with the departmental coordinator
(very early in the semester) to plan their experience.
A. High School Agriculture Program
C. Agricultural Industries and Agencies
AgEds 215. Career Seminar. (1-0) Cr.
1. F.S. Prereq: Sophomore classification. Overview of career
opportunities. Evaluation interests and accomplishments and setting
career goals. Development of job search and interviewing skills.
Establishing networks of job contacts.
AgEds 282. Educating Youth Through Horticulture.
(Same as Hort 282.) (2-3) Cr. 3. S. Planning, developing, and implementing
science-based educational programs in a public garden setting. Through
hands-on experiences at Reiman Gardens, students will learn about
horticulture, learning theory, and the application of science principles
as they pertain to educating youth.
AgEds 290. Special Problems in Agricultural
Education and Studies. Cr. 1-3 each time taken, maximum of
AgEds 310. Foundations
of Agricultural Education Programs. (2-0) Cr. 2. F.S. Historical
development of agricultural education programs. Philosophic premises,
program goals and objectives. Educational and social issues impacting
the implementation of agricultural education programs.
AgEds 311. Presentation and Sales Strategies
for Agricultural Audiences. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S. Utilizing instructional
methods, techniques, and problem solving, presentation and sales
strategies with agricultural audiences.
AgEds 315. Personal and Professional Leadership
in Agriculture. (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S. Develop leadership skills
and learn leadership theories for personal and professional applications
in agricultural education, industry, and communities.
AgEds 401. Planning Agricultural
Education Programs. (Dual-listed with 501.) (3-0) Cr. 3.
F. Prereq: 310. Responsibility of an agricultural education
teacher, curriculum development, experiential learning opportunities
including FFA and SAE, and assessment and maintenance of program
AgEds 402. Methods of Teaching in Agricultural
Sciences/Agribusiness. (Dual-listed with 502.) (3-0) Cr.
3. S. Prereq: 401. Topics include: principles of teaching
and learning, individualized and group methods, application of learning,
instructional management, special populations, and evaluation.
AgEds 412. Internship in Agricultural Education
and Studies. 2 to 12 weeks. Cr. 2 to 6 each time taken, maximum
of 6. F.S.SS. Prereq: 211, junior classification in AGEDS and
permission of instructor. A supervised learning experience in
an approved learning setting with application to educational, agricultural
and/or environmental practices and principles. Nonmajor graduate
AgEds 414. Developing Agricultural Education
Programs in Non-Formal Settings. (2-0) Cr. 2. S. Prereq:
211 and permission of instructor. Basic concepts in planning,
conducting, and evaluating educational programs in non-formal settings.
Includes programming for youth and adults in Extension, agricultural
industry, and related agencies. Nonmajor graduate credit.
AgEds 416. Pre-Student Teaching Experience
in Agricultural Education. Cr. 1. F.S. Prereq: 211, 402
and admission to teacher education program. A one-week field-based
experience in an approved secondary agricultural education program.
Concurrent enrollment in 417 is required. Nonmajor graduate credit.
AgEds 417. Supervised Teaching in Agricultural
Education Programs. Cr. 12. F.S. Prereq: 211, 402 and
admission to teacher education program. Supervised teaching
in public schools. Nonmajor graduate credit.
AgEds 418. Supervised Extension Experience.
Cr. 2 to 8. May be repeated to a maximum of 16 credits. F.S.SS.
Prereq: 211, junior classification, permission of instructor.
Supervised professional experience in an approved county, area or
state Cooperative Extension Service office. Nonmajor graduate credit.
AgEds 450. Farm Management and Operation.
(1-6) Cr. 3. F.S.SS. Prereq: Econ 135, Econ 330, junior classification.
Participation in the management and operation of a diversified Iowa
farm. The class is responsible for the plans, records, and decisions
for buying and selling the farm’s livestock, crops, and equipment.
Special speakers on current topics. May be taken for credit 3 times
at different times of the year by permission of the instructor.
Nonmajor graduate credit.
AgEds 490. Independent Study in Agricultural
Education and Studies. Cr. 1 to 3. F.S.SS. Prereq: Junior
or senior classification, permission of instructor. A maximum
of 6 credits of 490 may be used toward the total of 128 credits
required for graduation.
A. Philosophy, Curriculum, and Methods
B. Leadership, Evaluation, and Administration
C. Business, Industry, and Production Agriculture
D. Extension and International Agriculture
E. Instructional Technology
F. Environmental Issues
AgEds 496. Agricultural Travel Course.
Cr. 1 to 3 each time taken. F.S.SS. Prereq: Permission of instructor.
Limited enrollment. Extended field trips to study agricultur and
education related topics. Location and duration of trips will vary.
Pre-trip sessions arranged. Trip expenses paid by students. Nonmajor
AgEds 499. Undergraduate Research.
Cr. arr. F.S.SS. Prereq: Permission of instructor, adviser, and
departmental executive officer. Research experience in agricultural
education and studies with application to selected problems.
Courses Primarily for
Graduate Students, open to qualified undergraduate students
AgEds 500. Short Course in Agricultural
Education. Cr. 1 to 3 each time taken. F.S.SS. Prereq:
Permission of instructor. Specific problems, issues, and content
areas in agricultural education. On and off campus on arranged basis.
AgEds 501. Planning Agricultural Education
Programs. (Dual-listed with 401.) (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq:
310. Responsibility of an agricultural education teacher, curriculum
development, experiential learning opportunities including FFA and
SAE, and assessment and maintenance of program quality.
AgEds 502. Methods of Teaching in Agricultural
Sciences/Agribusiness. (Dual-listed with 402.) (3-0) Cr.
3. S. Prereq: 401. Topics include principles of teaching
and learning, individualized and group methods, application of learning,
instructional management, special populations, and evaluation.
AgEds 510. Introduction to Research in Agricultural
Education. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Permission of instructor.
Determining your research focus; developing research problems and
objectives; reviewing the literature and establishing a theoretical
framework; establishing procedures for data collection and analysis;
ethical issues. The primary outcome is the development of a thesis,
dissertation or creative component proposal.
AgEds 511. Instructional and Organizational
Issues for Beginning Teachers of Agriculture Programs. Cr.
1 to 2 each time taken. May be taken no more than 2 times. F. Prereq:
Permission of instructor. Planning and conducting agricultural
programs in secondary schools.
AgEds 514. Organizing Agricultural Information
for Professional and Scientific Meetings. (1-2) Cr. 2. S.
Prereq: Graduate classification in agriculture. Concepts
and practices in planning, preparing, and presenting materials used
in professional meetings and scientific papers by agriculturalists
with spe cial emphasis on computerized delivery methods.
AgEds 520. Instructional Methods for Teaching
in Agricultural Education. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered
2004. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Preparation of graduate
students to become college or university instructors. Addresses
the principles of teaching and learning as they influence teaching
activities; psychological aspects of learning, developing teaching
plans; laboratory teaching; evaluating student learning; motivating
students; examining personal teaching behaviors that influence learning,
and choosing appropriate teaching methods.
AgEds 521. Leadership Development in Agricultural
Education. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2004. Prereq:
Permission of instructor. Principles and practices of leadership
and group dynamics. Designing, organizing, implementing,and evaluating
leadership programs for developing exemplary leaders of agricultural
teams and groups.
AgEds 524. Program Development and Evaluation
in Agricultural Extension Education. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S.,
offered 2004. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Theories
and practice of program planning for extension, agricultural education,
and other contexts for nonformal education. Considers critical theories
of planning to address power and interests in program development,
needs assessment, and evaluation.
AgEds 530. Distance Teaching and Learning
in Agriculture. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2003. Prereq:
Permission of instructor. Understanding distance learners in
agriculture and their educational needs and preferences. Technology
options to enhance distance teaching. Methods of teaching at a distance
and administrative issues.
AgEds 538. Adult and Post-Secondary Education
in Agriculture. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2004. Prereq:
Permission of instructor. Theory and practice of adult learning
and the delivery of formal and non-formal programming for agriculturally
related audiences. Why and how adults learn differently than children.
Leading instruction from the point of learners first. Reviews thinking,
whole brain concepts, domains, styles, and levels of learning.
AgEds 560. Role of Agricultural Education
and Agricultural Extension in Technology Transfer. (3-0)
Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2005. Prereq: Permission of instructor.
Processes by which formal and informal Extension and other agricultural
education programs influence introduction and acceptance of agricultural
technology, including strategies for technology transfer.
AgEds 561. Agricultural and Extension Education
in Developing Countries. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2004.
Prereq: Permission of instructor. Utilizing systematic approaches
to identifying, analyzing, and solving problems in international
agricultural education, with emphasis on the impact of agricultural
education, formal and nonformal, on development.
AgEds 590. Special Topics in Agricultural
Education. Cr. 1 to 3. F.S.SS. Prereq: 12 credits in agricultural
I. Instructional Technology
K. International Agriculture
L. Program Planning
AgEds 593. Workshop in Agricultural Education.
Cr. 1 to 3 each time taken. F.S.SS. Prereq: 12 credits in agricultural
G. Program Planning
H. Instructional Technology
M. Biotechnology Workshop
AgEds 599. Creative Component. F.S.SS.
For nonthesis M.S. degree programs.
Courses for Graduate Students
AgEds 604. Evaluation in Agricultural
and Extension Education. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2004.
Prereq: 401 or 524 and permission of instructor. Criteria
and procedures for designing and facilitating evaluations of programs
in agricultural and extension education. Critique of evaluation
theories. Match quantitative and qualitative methods and instruments
to evaluation contexts. Evaluation reporting and utilization.
AgEds 610. Curriculum Development in Agricultural
Education. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2003. Prereq:
401 and permission of instructor. Analysis of social, individual,
and subject matter needs in agriculture and their impact on agricultural
curricula. Application of new concepts and educational theory to
curriculum planning in agricultural education.
AgEds 615. Seminar in Agricultural Education.
(1-0) Cr. 1 each time taken. F.S.SS. Offered on a satisfactory-fail
grading basis only.
AgEds 617. Professional Internship for Agricultural
Educators. Cr. 1-6 each time taken, maximum of 6. F.S.SS.
Prereq: Permission of instructor. Analysis of the roles and
activities of professionals in agricultural education. Supervised
professional field-based experience in public and private settings.
AgEds 620. Research Procedures in Agricultural
Education. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2005. Prereq:
510 and a course in statistics. Procedures for carrying out
thesis and dissertation research. Designing descriptive, associational
and experimental research; instrumentation; analysis, interpretation,
and reporting of research data; evaluating reports of research.
AgEds 625. Administration and Supervision
of Agricultural Education Programs. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S.,
offered 2005. Prereq: 521. Management principles and practices
of planning, organizing, directing, staffing, and evaluating as
applied to administration and supervision of programs in agricultural
AgEds 630. Philosophy and Policymaking in
Agricultural Education. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2003.
Prereq: Permission of instructor. Basic philosophic premises
in development of agricultural education programs. The role of philosophy
in policymaking. Social and educational issues impacting philosophy
and policymaking in agricultural education.
AgEds 660. Participatory Evaluation in Agricultural
and Extension Education. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2005.
Prereq: Graduate course in qualitative research methods or evaluation
or permission of instructor. Theory and practice of participatory
program evaluation used in education by extension and non governmental
organizations. Students will critically reflect on impact of evaluation
methodologies on democratic practice, capacity-building of communities
and clients, and sustainable development.
AgEds 699. Research.