Agricultural Leadership, Education, & Communications, MS

for the degree of Master of Science in Agricultural Leadership, Education, & Communications (on campus & online)


graduate program coordinator: Eric Morgan

department website: https://alec.illinois.edu/graduate/ms-degree

college website: https://aces.illinois.edu/


overview of graduate college admissions & requirements: Graduate Admissions

overview of college admissions & requirements: https://alec.illinois.edu/graduate/admissions


department office: 174 Bevier Hall, 905 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801

phone: (217) 333-3165

email: aces-alec@illinois.edu


Graduate Degree Programs in Agricultural Education

Graduate Major:

Agricultural Leadership, Education, & Communications, MS


The M.S. in Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications is a professional degree for training community and organizational developers, professional trainers, Extension agents, communications officers, educational assessment professionals, customer service specialists, and agriculture classroom teachers to address issues as they pertain to teaching and learning in and about food, agriculture, natural resources, and the environment. Students are typically interested in either furthering their career in Extension, agricultural organizations and community agencies, and agricultural classrooms in secondary education. For on-campus students studying full-time, we also work with students interested in gaining licensure for teaching agriculture in Illinois public schools for grades 5-12.

Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications can be pursued as an online degree. Please refer to: https://alec.illinois.edu/graduate/online-ms for more information.


Admission

We are looking for highly motivated students with strong academic records. Students with backgrounds in agriculture, education, behavioral or social sciences are especially encouraged to apply. The minimum undergraduate grade-point average for admission is 3.0 (A = 4.0). Applicants for the online/off-campus program are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). International applicants from non-English-speaking countries should meet the minimum requirements for English proficiency established by the Graduate College. To receive full consideration for admission (and financial aid opportunities if you are applying for the full-time, on-campus program), please apply by February 15 for possible admission the following fall semester. The admission deadline for part-time online students is April 15 for the following fall semester.

Each applicant’s undergraduate transcript will be evaluated for completion of general education courses required for licensure by the Illinois State Board of Education. Students with deficiencies may be admitted with the stipulation that these be met before completion of the master’s program.

Financial Aid

We are committed to funding as many of full-time on-campus students who are making timely progress as possible. The duration and amount of our commitment varies. Funding may include fellowships, research assistantships, and/or teaching assistantships. These opportunities typically include stipends and tuition waivers. In some cases, fees are also waived. All applicants are automatically considered for all department funding opportunities; there is no separate application process. Federal and state financial aid is completely separate from the support provided by our department. For information regarding federal and state financial aid, please refer to https://osfa.illinois.edu/.

for the degree of Master of Science in Agricultural Leadership, Education, & Communications (on campus & online)


This degree program can be completed either on campus or online; with or without a thesis, the requirements are listed below:


Thesis Option

Required21
ALEC 400Foundations of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (Foundations and Pathways of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication)3
ALEC 410Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation (Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation)3
ALEC 505Science and Art of Teaching and Learning3
HDFS 590Advanced Research Methods (Advanced Research Methods )4
HDFS 591Qualitative Methods4
or HDFS 594 Intermed Statistical Analysis
ALEC 599Thesis Research4
ElectivesThesis requires 11 hours11
Comm in Env Social Movements 3 hours
Youth Development Programs 4 hours
Beginning Agriculture Teachers Seminar 2 hours
Second Year Agriculture Teacher Seminar 1 hour
Volunteer Management (Volunteer Management) 3 hours
Interpersonal Intelligence for Professional Success 2 hours
Critical Approaches to Leadership Practice 3 hours
Leading Professional Organizations and Communities 2 hours
Collaborative Leadership 3 hours
Total Hours32

Capstone Option

Required15
ALEC 400Foundations of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (Foundations and Pathways of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication)3
ALEC 410Program Planning, Implementation and Evaluation (Program Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation)3
ALEC 505Science and Art of Teaching and Learning3
ALEC 540Volunteer Management (Volunteer Management)3
ALEC 545Research Methods and Design (Research Methods)3
ALEC 595Capstone Curriculum Project (Capstone Seminar) Prereq ALEC 5453
ElectivesCapstone requires 17 hours17
Comm in Env Social Movements 3 hours
Youth Development Programs 4 hours
Beginning Agriculture Teachers Seminar 2 hours
Second Year Agriculture Teacher Seminar 1 hour
Interpersonal Intelligence for Professional Success 2 hours
Critical Approaches to Leadership Practice 3 hours
Leading Professional Organizations and Communities 2 hours
Collaborative Leadership 3 hours
Total Hours32

Other Requirements

Other requirements and conditions may overlap
Minimum Hours Required within the Unit 5
Minimum 500-level Hours Required overall: 12
Minimum GPA 3.0