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Master of Agricultural and Extension Education


The Master of Agricultural and Extension Education degree is designed for agricultural teachers, extension agents and other professionals involved in communicating agriculture and family and consumer science information to others in either formal or informal settings. The program requires 36 credit hours. Specializations are offered in Teaching, Extension and Other. Please visit the department web site for current admission requirements and curriculum information.

Dr. Gary Moore,
Director of Graduate Studies, Agricultural and Extension Education
Phone: 919-515-1756
Delivery Method: Web-based/Online
Admissions Web Page

(What will I learn?)

Three areas of specialization are offered: Teaching, Extension and Other. The Teaching and Extension specializations include 21 credit hours of required courses and 15 credit hours of elective courses. The Other specialization includes 18 credit hours of required courses and 18 credit hours of elective courses. The elective credit hours may be custom-designed to meet the needs of the individual student.

Students who have an "A" teaching license in agricultural education can receive the "M" teaching license upon graduation by completing 12 hours of subject matter (technical) courses.


  • Teaching
    AEE 501, 505, 526, 529 or 595E, 535, 578 and 15 credit hours (five courses) of additional course work.
  • Extension
    AEE 501, 505, 521, 523, 526, 577, 578 and 15 credit hours (five courses) of additional course work.
  • Other
    AEE 501, 505, 526, 530, 560, 578 and 18 credit hours (six courses) of additional course work.
Estimated Total Credit Hours Required: 36

Admissions requirements
(Is this the program for me? How do I apply?)

Applicants for admission must present:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Writing sample

Students may start the program in the fall or spring semesters or in summer sessions.

Graduate School application deadlines are:

  • Fall Semester - June 25 for US Students, March 1 for International Students
  • Spring Semester - November 25 for US Students, July 15 for International Students
  • Summer Semester I - March 25 for US Students, December 15 for International Students
  • Summer Semester II - May 10 for US Students, December 15 for International Students

Plan of study
(How much time will it take?)

A student has six years to complete the program starting with the first course that is to be counted. Students pursue the degree at their own pace. Many students take only one course at a time while others take up to four courses per semester. Students taking four courses in each of the fall and spring semesters and in the summer can complete the program in one year. Students who are classified as non-degree studies (NDS) may take two courses per academic session.

Registration information
(When can I start?)

Click "Apply & Enroll" to apply for admission or register to take courses. To earn the degree, students must be admitted through NC State's Graduate School. Students may begin to take courses before being admitted by registering as a non-degree studies (NDS) student; a maximum of 12 credits (four courses) taken as an NDS student may be applied to the master's degree. It is advisable to speak to the program director and to apply for admission as soon as possible.

Estimated Tuition and Fees
(How much will it cost?)

Tuition Level: Graduate (View more information about tuition)
Fees: Graduate ASG, Graduate Ed/Tech
Resident: $14,668.92
Non-resident: $32,128.92


The teacher education program at North Carolina State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

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