Masters of Education (M.Ed.), Major in Agricultural Education

Major Program

The master’s program offered through the department prepares students to work as professionals in the agriculture industry and in positions of leadership and management in secondary schools and adult education.

Admission Policy

For information regarding admission application requirements and deadlines, please visit The Graduate College website at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/aged.html.

Degree Requirements

The department offers an emphasis in teaching development with research possibilities. A thesis or non-thesis degree may be selected. The major and supportive courses are to be taken with the advice and consent of the student’s advisory committee, which consists of three or more faculty selected with the help of the graduate advisor.

Course Work Requirements

Non-thesis Option with Minor

Required Courses
AGED 5314Special Problems in Agricultural Education3
AGED 5318Administration and Supervision of Vocational Education3
AGED 5320History and Philosophy of Agricultural Education3
AGED 5330Research Methods in Agricultural Education3
AGED 5331Guidance3
AGED 5335Curriculum Development of Vocational Programs3
AGED 5319Principles and Methods of Adult Education3
Minor in Integrated Agriculture
Choose 15 hours in consultation with the graduate advisor15
Total Hours36

Thesis Option with Minor 

Required Courses
AGED 5318Administration and Supervision of Vocational Education3
AGED 5330Research Methods in Agricultural Education3
Agricultural Education Electives
Choose 9 hours of advisor-approved electives9
Minor in Integrated Agriculture
Choose 15 hours in consultation with the graduate advisor15
Thesis
Choose a minimum 6 hours6
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Total Hours36

If a student elects to follow the thesis option for the degree, a committee to direct the written thesis will be established. The thesis must demonstrate the student’s capability for research and independent thought. Preparation of the thesis must be in conformity with the Graduate College Guide to Preparing and Submitting a Thesis or Dissertation. The thesis handbook may be accessed at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/docs/Thesis_Diss_Guide.pdf.

Thesis Proposal

The student must submit an official Master's Thesis Proposal form and proposal to his or her thesis committee. Thesis proposals vary by department and discipline. Please see your department for proposal guidelines and requirements. The required thesis proposal form may be obtained from The Graduate College at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/gcforms.html. After signing the form and obtaining committee members’ signatures, graduate advisor’s signature (if required by the program), and the department chair’s signature, the student must submit the thesis proposal form with one copy of the proposal attached to the dean of The Graduate College for approval before proceeding with research on the thesis. If the thesis research involves human subjects, the student must obtain exemption or approval from the Texas State Institutional Review Board prior to submitting the proposal form to The Graduate College. If the thesis research involves vertebrate animals, the proposal form must include the Texas State IACUC approval code. It is recommended the thesis proposal form be submitted to the dean of The Graduate College by the end of the student’s enrollment in 5399A.

Thesis Committee

The thesis committee must be composed of a minimum of three approved graduate faculty members.

Thesis Enrollment and Credit

The completion of a minimum of six hours of thesis enrollment is required. Enrollment for the thesis will be in course number 5399A for a student’s initial thesis enrollment and a thesis B course for each subsequent thesis enrollment in the field in which the subject matter of the thesis falls, e.g., PS 5399A and PS 5399B. Preliminary discussions regarding the selection of a topic and assignment to a research supervisor will not require enrollment for the thesis course.

A student will be required to enroll in and pay the fee for at least one hour of the thesis course during any term in which the student will receive thesis supervision or guidance and/or in which the student is using university resources. Failure to register for the thesis course during a term in which supervision is received may result in postponement of graduation. After initial enrollment in 5399A, the student will continue to enroll in a thesis B course as long as it takes to complete the thesis. In the rare case when a student has not previously enrolled in thesis and plans to work on and complete the thesis in one term, the student will enroll in both 5399A and 5399B. The only grades assigned for thesis courses are PR (progress), CR (credit), W (withdrew), and F (failing). If acceptable progress is not being made in a thesis course, the instructor may issue a grade of F. If the student is making acceptable progress, a grade of PR is assigned until the thesis is completed. The minimum number of hours of thesis credit (“CR”) will be awarded only after the thesis is filed in the Alkek Library and the librarian has electronically returned the thesis card to the office of The Graduate College.

A student who has selected the thesis option must be registered for the thesis course during the term or Summer I (during summer the thesis course runs ten weeks for both sessions) in which the degree will be conferred.

Fee Reduction

A master’s degree candidate for graduation may be eligible for a one-time fee reduction under V.T.C.A. Education Code, Section 54.054. Please refer to the section titled Fee Reduction in the Additional Fees and Expenses chapter of this catalog for more information.

Thesis Deadlines and Approval Process

Thesis deadlines are posted at the following web page: http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/Thes-Diss_Info/T-D_Deadlines.html. The completed thesis must be submitted to the chair of the thesis committee no later than 41 days before the date of the commencement at which the degree is to be conferred.

The following must be submitted to the office of The Graduate College no later than 24 days, not counting weekends or holidays, before the date of commencement at which the degree is to be conferred (see The Graduate College webpage for specific deadlines):

  1. The Thesis/Dissertation Committee Approval form bearing original signatures of the student and all committee members.
  2. One (1) copy of the thesis in final form, approved by all committee members, on standard paper (Hard-copy Submission Option) or PDF of the thesis in final form, approved by all committee members, uploaded in the on-line Vireo submission system (Vireo On-line Submission Option).

After the dean of The Graduate College approves the thesis, the process is as follows:

  1. For the Vireo On-line Submission Option:
    1. No copies are required to be submitted to the Alkek Library. However, Alkek will bind copies submitted that the student wants bound for personal use. Personal copies are not required to be printed on archival quality paper. The student will take the personal copies to the Alkek Library and pay the binding fee for personal copies.

Master's level courses in Agriculture: AG, AGED

Courses Offered

Agriculture (AG)

AG 5360. Advancements in Animal Science.

Survey of the current knowledge and conceptsin animal production including economic considerations and current production problems in breeding and feeding livestock.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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AG 5370. Special Problems in Technical Agriculture.

Special problems will be selected to meet the needs of the individual student. May be repeated (once) for additional credit when the problem differs.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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Agricultural Education (AGED)

AGED 5101. Instructional Skill Development.

Graduate assistants are required to enroll in this course to be prepared to instruct/assist with classes in Agricultural Education. Topics covered are essential teaching strategies, techniques, evaluation design, ethical classroom behavior, and effective instructional motivational techniques. This course does not earn graduate degree credit. Repeatable with different emphasis. Graded on a credit (CR), no-credit (F) basis.
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1 Credit Hour. 1 Lecture Contact Hour. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Graduate Assistantship|Exclude from Graduate GPA
Grade Mode: Leveling/Assistantships

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AGED 5199B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
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1 Credit Hour. 1 Lecture Contact Hour. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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AGED 5299B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
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2 Credit Hours. 2 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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AGED 5314. Special Problems in Agricultural Education.

The student is given the opportunity to work on problems of special interest and need in the discipline of agricultural education. May be repeated (once) for additional credit when the problem differs.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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AGED 5318. Administration and Supervision of Vocational Education.

The administration of comprehensive vocational education programs with emphasis on the operation and implementation of programs governed by state and national laws.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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AGED 5319. Principles and Methods of Adult Education.

The rationale, planning, implementing, conducting, and evaluation of adult education programs in formal and non-formal settings will be discussed.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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AGED 5320. History and Philosophy of Agricultural Education.

This course covers the history, basic principles, and philosophy of different programs of agricultural education existing today.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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AGED 5321. Methods of Technological Change.

The dynamics of cultural change as theoretical framework for planned technological change, methods of implementing change, the effects of change, and the prediction of change will be discussed.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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AGED 5330. Research Methods in Agricultural Education.

The principles and procedures of using and communicating both quantitative and qualitative research in agricultural education will be addressed. Special emphasis will be given to using appropriate methods to address research problems.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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AGED 5331. Guidance.

Analysis of occupational and vocational opportunities for vocational students; includes work in interpersonal communications as well as in the techniques of individual and group counseling in guidance. Practice in personality and occupational interest testing.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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AGED 5335. Curriculum Development of Vocational Programs.

Principles and practices in developing curricula for different areas of vocational education will be emphasized. The dynamics of cultural and technological changes on methods of planning and implementing vocational curricula as it relates to the educational needs of vocational youth will be stressed.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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AGED 5371A. Agriculture Farm Power and Machinery.

Advanced study in areas related to the usage of farm power units and machinery in the production and processing of food and fiber. Emphasis will be placed on modern technology associated with various equipment utilized in mechanized agriculture.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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AGED 5371D. Agricultural Structures Design.

Principles of design and construction for structures associated with agricultural production. Emphasis will be placed on processes, materials and standards associated with different areas of production agriculture.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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AGED 5371E. Advanced Welding Processes and Designs.

Advanced study in areas related to welding processes and equipment utilized in the design, construction and repair of agricultural structures and equipment. Emphasis will be placed on processes and methods, which may be applicable to agriculture production situations as well as in the processing of agricultural products.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Topics
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AGED 5399A. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s initial thesis enrollment. No thesis credit is awarded until student has completed the thesis in Agricultural Education, AGED 5399B. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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AGED 5399B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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AGED 5599B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
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5 Credit Hours. 5 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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AGED 5999B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollments. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no credit (F) basis.
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9 Credit Hours. 9 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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