Master of Science (MS)
Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communications (ALEC)
Herbert College of Agriculture
The Master of Science in Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications (ALEC) is designed for students who already have a bachelor’s degree and seek to advance their skills in agricultural teacher preparation, leadership, communication, extension, or educational development.
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Become a Leader in Agricultural Education & Communication
The program offers a Master of Science degree with a major in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC). The courses offered in the ALEC program are asynchronous, making it convenient for students to complete the MS degree while working full-time. The graduate program is designed primarily for those individuals seeking to advance their leadership and communication skills or advanced study in agricultural teacher preparation for secondary schools and Extension/outreach. However, the program is beneficial to any student interested in leadership, communication, extension, or educational development. The overall goal of the Master of Science in ALEC is to help students increase their knowledge and develop their intellectual abilities to prepare them for productive careers through which they can make significant contributions to the welfare of society. The preparation of present and prospective agricultural professionals for proficiency in their chosen fields is the ALEC’s primary mission. The ALEC Master’s degree program has been specifically designed to deliver research-based education so students are empowered to succeed.
During the Master of Science in Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication program you will have the opportunity to take courses such as the following:
ALEC 512: Program Planning of Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication Organization
Historical and philosophical foundation of adult education in American agriculture, key figures, issues, legislative movement, organizations and programs. Theories and models of program development and evaluation and their use in planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating a program’s content and learning activities; development and interaction of the work plan.
ALEC 533: Teaching & Learning Theory: Applications in Agricultural Disciplines
Introduction to theories of teaching and learning and related research. Explores the neuroscience of learning, behaviorism, social cognitive theory, information processing theory, constructivism, cognitive learning processes, experiential learning, motivation, self-regulation, and developmental theories. Additionally, explores the applications of teaching and learning theory in the context of teaching agricultural subject matter.
ALEC 521: Youth Development
Introduces youth development (ages 6-18) principles and focuses on the major developmental domains of physical, cognitive, emotional and social development. Major theories relevant to the domains of development are introduced and discussed and application of these principles in context of family, school and community.
ALEC 523: Women in Leadership
Examination of theories and practical experiences of women in leadership positions. Understanding the theoretical underpinnings of women in leadership by examining literature, case studies, autobiographies and personal experiences.
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