AEE Graduate Degree or Certificate Options


Core Courses - Thesis 12 hrs or Non-Thesis 11 hrsTSU Lectuer

AGSC 5060 Statistics for Res. Workers 3
AGSC 5110 Research Methods 3
AGSC 5120 Thesis Writing 4 or AGSC 5350 Independent Study 3
AGSC 5610-5620 Seminar 1,1

Concentration Courses – Thesis 12 hrs or Non-Thesis 15 hrs

AGSC 5010 Foundations of Agricultural and Extension Education (AEE) 3
AGSC 5020 Experiential Teaching & Learning Methods 3
AGSC 5030 Curriculum Development & Program Leadership in AEE 3
AGSC 5040 Program Development and Evaluation 3

AGSC 5050 Curriculum for Agricultural STEM Education (CASE)* 3

Electives - Thesis 6 hrs or Non-Thesis 9 hrs
Non-Thesis with the approval of the advisor and department head.

AGSC Electives 6 or
TELC 5001 Adolescent Development 3
TELC 5005 Teaching and Learning with Technology 3
TELC 5006 Teachers as Agents of Change 3
TELC 5003 Managing the Learning Environment 3






AGSC 5060  Statistics for Research Workers

AGSC 5110  Research Methods

AGSC 5610  Seminar

AGSC 5620   Seminar

Elective (If seeking certification, TELC courses required)

Elective ( If seeking certification, TELC courses required)

AGSC 5120 - Thesis Writing

AGSC 5120 - Thesis Writing (re-take if did not finish in the fall)

AGSC 5010   Foundations of Ag/Ext Education

AGSC 5040  Program Development & Evaluation

AGSC 5030 Curriculum Development & Program Leadership

AGSC 5020 Experiential Teaching & Learning Methods

NOTE: The thesis plan requires 30 hours. However, graduate assistants are required to choose the thesis option, and GA's are also required to take at least 9 hours per semester, so GA's will graduate with more than the above 30 hours. Thesis students seeking certification should see below. 5610/5620 = 1 hour; 5120 = 4 hours









AGSC 5060 Statistics for Research Workers

AGSC 5110 Research Methods

TELC 5004 Survey of Exceptional Children OR other Elective if not seeking teaching certificate

AGSC 5610 Seminar

AGSC 5620 Seminar


AGSC 5010 Foundations of Ag/Ext Education

AGSC 5040 Program Development &  Evaluation

AGSC 5050 Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education OR other Elective if not seeking AgSci Endorsement

AGSC 5020 Experiential Teaching & Learning Methods

AGSC 5030 Curriculum Development & Program Leadership


AGSC 5350 Independent Study


NOTE: The non-thesis option requires 35 hours. As part of AGSC 5350 (Independent Study), required for non-thesis, students will conduct a project and present the project prior to graduation.


In addition to the above courses, students must also complete the following tasks in the suggested timeframe to matriculate and graduate with the M.S. in Agricultural Sciences, Concentration Agricultural and Extension Education. 

1. Within the second semester of enrollment, (completing 9 credit hrs) each graduate student should work with their advisor to complete their program of study and advancement to candidacy form. For GA's, the stipend will be withheld if they do not complete and submit the form to the School of Graduate Studies and Research in a timely fashion;

2. Before the end of the first year of enrollment, graduate students should present their research proposal to their thesis committee, faculty and fellow graduate students. This can also be done at the departmental seminars;

3. If a graduate student is recommended to take prerequisites which are not graduate level courses, such courses’ credit hours and grades do not count towards their required graduate credit hours and grade point average, respectively. In other words, students pursuing the thesis or non-thesis option are required to take 30 and 35 credit hours of graduate level courses, respectively;

4. Thesis writing is only 4 credit hours and the grade is awarded after completion, successful defense and submission of thesis to the School of Graduate Studies and Research; and

5. To be in good standing as graduate student and to maintain graduate research assistantship, students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.


Both thesis and non-thesis graduate students will be given the opportunity to engage in distance education as part of the Agricultural and Extension Education Concentration. Agricultural Educators and Extension Agents have very demanding jobs and TSU Ag Ed understands the demands. Therefore these audiences and other professionals who are NOT on assistantship will have the option of completing a significant portion of many of their courses at a distance. Some courses are almost all online, some are blended, and still others require a weekly visit to campus. See Dr. John C. Ricketts for details.


For students seeking teaching licensure in Agricultural Education and Agricultural Science Education all students must certify content knowledge area competency with either - a degree in Agricultural Sciences or meet the content demands of the certifying institution and pass all state endorsement area required Praxis II tests.

Lastly_Teaching All students seeking licensure must complete the Ag Ed/AgSci Ed Program of Studies form (available from the Department of Agricultural Teacher Education Advisor - Dr. John C. Ricketts) and formally apply for Admission to Teacher Education (available on TSU/Education/TESS website) through the Office of Teacher Education and Student Services located in Clay Hall 112.

Students  seeking licensure in Agricultural Science Education must also complete AGSC 5050 – Methods of Teaching STEM in Ag. and Ext. Education AG 449 . Credit for AGSC 5050 course is awarded upon completion of the an 80-hr CASE Institute at TSU.

Post-bac Option: Students who hold a baccalaureate degree may enter the Post-bac licensure program. Students in this program must complete all courses in the degree plan (including Content Demands), plus AGSC 5050 – Methods of Teaching STEM in Ag. and Ext. Education AG449 and student teach one semester. Students interested in pursuing this option should contact the Ag Ed coordinator – Dr. John C. Ricketts and Dr. Dianne Bryant – Teacher Ed Transcript Analyst.

Transitional Option: The state of Tennessee allows school districts to recruit and select highly qualified individuals, ranging from promising recent graduates to seasoned professionals, who can bring maturity and a variety of work experiences to the teaching profession. Through a partnership with institutions of higher education and Tennessee local school agencies and the Tennessee Department of Education, exemplary individuals who meet state and institutional criteria may be offered a Transitional License. Contact your Ag Ed coordinator – Dr. John C. Ricketts and Dr. Dianne Bryant – Teacher Ed Transcript Analyst, for specific eligibility and program requirements


AGSC 1410 Introduction to Animal Science or equivalent
AGSC 1200 Introduction to Plant & Soil Science or equivalent
AGSC 2010 Introduction to Agricultural Business or equivalent
AGSC 3090 – Power, Structure, and Technology Systems in Ag & Ext Ed or equivalent
AGSC 5020 – Experiential Teaching & Learning Methods in AEE
AGSC 5030 – Curriculum Development & Program Leadership in AEE
AGSC 5050 – Methods of Teaching STEM in Ag & Ext Education449 for the Agriscience Education Endorsement


More information on Doctorate degrees coming soon.

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