Youth Development & Agricultural Education

Specializations

Graduate students in Youth Development and Agricultural Education become part of a community of learners. They train with outstanding faculty in interdisciplinary social science research focused on agricultural and life sciences. Their innovative research addresses how people learn and make decisions about the world’s food, fiber, and natural resources system. Graduates influence others as formal and non-formal educators, professional communicators, STEM learning specialists, evaluation experts, and academicians.

  • Build specialized competencies for a targeted career
  • Opportunities to present research at national and international conferences
  • Interdisciplinary and blended research approaches in education, communication, and public engagement
  • Preparation for leadership in a global community
  • Diverse and supportive environment

Specializations

  • Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Agricultural and Science Communication
  • STEM Learning Systems

Plan of Study

Graduate students work with a faculty advisory committee to design a specialized plan of study and experiences that meet their academic and professional goals. All students develop foundational skills in social science theory and research methods. Through elective coursework and mentoring, students develop expertise and prepare for professional and academic careers in the following disciplines and specialized fields:
Teacher education
Science communication
Integrated STEM education
Agricultural communication
Youth education
Life science education
Informal adult education
International engagement
Extension education
Free-choice learning
Public engagement
Program evaluation and assessment