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Agricultural Education and Studies (AgEds)200 |300 |400 |Graduate Courses |
Robert Martin, Chair of Department
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
The department offers 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 a minor for 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.
Students have an opportunity to develop competence in disciplinary foundations and ethics, program planning, learning theory, instructional methods, program leadership and administration, program evaluation, research methodologies, data analysis and interpretation, writing for publication, and grantsmanship.
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 Programs.
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, 418, 450, 451, 496.
Courses primarily for undergraduate students
AgEds 110. Orientation. (1-0) Cr. 0.5. F. Orientation to the department. Careers in agriculture.
AgEds 111. Orientation for Agricultural Excellence Scholars. (1-0) Cr. 1. Repeatable. 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 in agriculture.
AgEds 208. Ethical Issues in Agriculture. (2-0) Cr. 1. F.S.SS. Half-semester. Discussion of ethical theory and its application to issues facing agriculture. Case studies deal with topics, such as biotechnology business practices, animal welfare, environmental impacts, public policy, sources of food, sustainable agriculture, and world hunger.
AgEds 211. Early Field Based Experience. (1-0) Cr. 1. Repeatable. 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.
AgEds 215. Career Seminar. (1-0) Cr. 1. F.S. Prereq: Sophomore classification. Overview of career opportunities. Evaluation of interests and accomplishments and setting career goals. Development of job search and interviewing skills. Establishing networks of job contacts.
AgEds 290. Special Problems in Agricultural Education and Studies. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS.
AgEds 298. Cooperative Education. Cr. R. F.S.SS. Prereq: Permission of the department cooperative education coordinator; sophomore classification. Required of all cooperative education students. Students must register for this course prior to commencing each work period.
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. Learn leadership theories and group facilitation skills for personal and professional applications in agricultural education, industry, and communities.
AgEds 398. Cooperative Education. Cr. R. F.S.SS. Prereq: Permission of the department cooperative education coordinator; junior classification. Required of all cooperative education students. Students must register for this course prior to commencing each work period.
AgEds 401. Planning Agricultural Education Programs. (Dual-listed with 501). (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 310. Responsibilities of an agricultural education teacher, curriculum development, experiential learning opportunities including FFA and SAE, and assessment and maintenance of program quality.
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. Cr. 2-6. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: 211, junior classification in AGEDS and permission of instructor. A supervised two to twelve week learning experience in an approved learning setting with application to educational, agricultural and/or environmental practices and principles. Nonmajor graduate credit.
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.
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.
AgEds 418. Supervised Extension Experience. Cr. 2-8. Repeatable. 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. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: Econ 235, 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 with permission of the instructor. Nonmajor graduate credit.
AgEds 451. Agricultural Law. (3-2) Cr. 4. S. Prereq: Senior classification. The legal framework impinging upon decision-making by firms, families, and individuals, real and personal property, contracts, secured transactions, negotiable instruments, debtor-creditor relations, bankruptcy, farm income tax organization of firms, intergenerational property transfers, trusts and farm estate planning, civil and criminal liabilities, environmental law, federal and state regulatory powers. Nonmajor graduate credit.
AgEds 490. Independent Study in Agricultural Education and Studies. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: Junior or senior classification, permission of instructor.
AgEds 496. Agricultural Travel Course. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Limited enrollment. Extended field trips to study agriculture and education related topics. Location and duration of trips will vary. Pre-trip sessions arranged. Trip expenses paid by students. Nonmajor graduate credit.
AgEds 498. Cooperative Education. Cr. R. F.S.SS. Prereq: Permission of the department cooperative education coordinator; senior classification. Required of all cooperative education students. Students must register for this course prior to commencing each work period.
AgEds 499. Undergraduate Research. Cr. arr. F.S.SS. Prereq: Permission of instructor, adviser, and departmental chair. Research experience in agricultural education and studies with application to selected problems.
Courses primarily for graduate students, open to qualified undergraduate students
AgEds 501. Planning Agricultural Education Programs. (Dual-listed with 401). (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 310. Responsibilities 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. S. Prereq: Graduate classification. 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 514. Organizing Agricultural Information for Professional and Scientific Meetings. (1-2) Cr. 2. F. Prereq: Graduate classification in agriculture. Concepts and practices in planning, preparing, and presenting materials used in professional meetings and scientific papers by agriculturalists with special emphasis on computerized delivery methods.
AgEds 520. Instructional Methods for Adult and Higher Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Graduate classification. Theory and practice of adult education. Teaching and learning in formal and non-formal instructional programs for adult learners.
AgEds 524. Program Development and Evaluation in Agricultural and Extension Education. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Graduate classification. Theories and practice of program planning for nonformal education. Addresses use of program logic modeling and considers critical theories of planning to address power and interests in program development, needs assessment, and evaluation.
AgEds 533. Introduction to Learning Theory in Agricultural Education. (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Graduate classification. Introduction to a variety of theoretical perspectives of learning and how they may be used within the context of agricultural education. Emphasis will be on the major domains of learning, developmental considerations, basic assumptions, concepts, and principles of various learning theories; understanding how each theoretical perspective may be used in both formal and non-formal educational settings.
AgEds 550. Foundations of Agricultural Education. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Graduate classification. Philosophical premises, ethical principles, historical development, contextual applications, and knowledge bases for agricultural education.
AgEds 552. Data Analysis and Interpretation. (2-0) Cr. 2. F. Prereq: 510. Strategies for analyzing, interpreting, and reporting quantitative research data in the social and behavioral sciences.
AgEds 561. Technology Transfer and the Role of Agricultural and Extension Education. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. S., offered 2008. Prereq: Graduate classification. The impact of agricultural and extension education processes on development and their role in the transfer of agricultural technology. Utilizing situational analysis techniques to analyze and solve problems in international agricultural education programs.
AgEds 590. Special Topics in Agricultural Education. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: 12 credits in agricultural education.
AgEds 593. Workshop in Agricultural Education. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. F.S.SS. Prereq: 12 credits in agricultural education.
AgEds 599. Creative Component. Cr. arr. Repeatable. 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. S., offered 2008. Prereq: 401 or 524. 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 615. Seminar in Agricultural Education. (1-0) Cr. 1. Repeatable. F.S.SS.Satisfactory-fail only.
AgEds 617. Professional Internship for Agricultural Educators. Cr. 1-6. Repeatable. 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. Satisfactory-fail only.
AgEds 625. Leadership, Administration, Supervision and Management of Agricultural Education Programs. (3-0) Cr. 3. Alt. F., offered 2008. Prereq: Graduate classification. Principles and best practices for leading, administering, supervising, and managing agricultural education programs. Analyzing selected case studies that apply theory to practice in agricultural situations.
AgEds 699. Research. Cr. arr. Repeatable.