Masters Degree in Youth Development and Agricultural Education
Students earning a masters degree in Youth Development and Agricultural Education will gain a firm foundation in theory, critically analyze outcomes of education and communication processes, and learn about strategies used to influence how people learn and make decisions. The YDAE masters degree strikes a balance between theory and practicestudents sharpen professional skills while exploring the disciplines of educational psychology, communication, and sociology in the context of agricultural and life sciences. Students funded by assistantships or fellowships are expected to complete a thesis. Most students complete a masters degree in 2 years.
Doctoral Degree in Youth Development and Agricultural Education
Students earning a doctoral degree in Youth Development and Agricultural Education will develop a comprehensive foundational grounding in the historical, philosophical, and theoretical tenets of the field. YDAE doctoral students typically have professional career experiences in education, communication, industry, or non-profit organizations. Through structured course work, independent study, thoughtful mentoring and original research, they develop expertise in designing and evaluating educational and communication strategies for youth and adults. Students are encouraged to develop in-depth expertise in a specialty of choice such as technology applications in youth education, risk communication, life science education, or engagement of underserved populations. Doctoral students showcase their scholarship and contribute to the literature through a dissertation that focuses on education or communication in the context of agriculture, youth, families or communities. Doctoral programs require 90 graduate credits beyond the baccalaureate degree. Completion of the doctoral degree typically requires 3 years beyond the masters degree.