Get Your Degree in Agricultural Education - Distance Learning Options

There are a wide variety of options for earning your degree in agricultural education. Many online programs are geared toward current teachers who want to earn their Master’s degrees or professionals looking to make the switch from their current field into agricultural education.

This page is a starting point — contact the individual colleges and universities listed here for more specific information about each program.

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University of Florida

UF offers a distance delivered Master's program for practicing teachers and extension educators. The 2-year program is offered completely online.

Iowa State University

AgEd Master of Science Program - NonThesis Option
The Master of Science program in Agricultural Education is available as a traditional on-campus program, but may also be completed by distance education with no on-campus courses or meetings.

This program is viewed as a practitioner’s program oriented strongly towards improving the candidate’s professional proficiency and status. Candidates are expected to complete a creative component in the field of agricultural education.

The creative component should focus on a specific need in agricultural education and be presented in a scholarly manner. Candidates must pass a final oral examination conducted by the candidate’s graduate committee. The oral examination focuses on courses taken, professional experiences, and defense of the creative component.

University of Missouri – Columbia

The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources offers a Master of Agriculture via distance education, which can be specialized to meet an individual agricultural educator’s needs.

Montana State University

MSU offers an Online Master’s Degree in Agricultural Education. The program is designed to meet the needs of professional agricultural educators by allowing them to continue their education while still working. Online graduate level courses are delivered asynchronous on Desire2Learn and allow the completion of a Master of Science degree in six semesters. The degree is designed to improve graduates’ professional and technical skills in the areas of agricultural education, communication, leadership, and extension. Please visit our website at to learn more and download the brochure.

State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego

SUNY Oswego offers all teacher education courses online for Agricultural Education and all other CTE areas except Technology. The only live requirement is one week of microteaching in July following methods in the spring (online) and student teaching.

North Carolina State University

Master’s of Agricultural Education – Distance Track
This online degree program is for agricultural teachers, extension agents, and other professionals involved in communicating agriculture and family consumer science information to others. In this degree program, the term “agricultural education” embodies the USDA definition which encompasses the broad spectrum of knowledge covered in what is typically thought of as extension education and school-based agricultural education. Also known as the GRAEDE program – Graduate Agricultural and Extension Distance Education Program.

This degree program has four required courses, but the rest is custom designed to meet the needs of the students. This degree requires a minimum of 36 hours. This degree does not require the writing of the thesis. Appropriately prepared students can receive the “M” teaching license upon completion of the program (provided he or she first has an “A” license in agricultural education. All of the program requirements can be completed through distance education.

Licensure in Education for Agricultural Professionals (LEAP)
LEAP is a web-based, teacher certification program in agricultural education offered through North Carolina State University. The program is available nationwide and is delivered through distance education technologies.

The program certifies individuals who have BS degrees in agriculture, natural resources, and closely related disciplines to teach agriculture in school settings.

Students who successfully complete the program will receive a class “A” teaching license from the state of North Carolina. The North Carolina teaching license is recognized by 40+ states, Department of Defense schools, and the U.S. Territories. The teacher education program at NCSU is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

North Dakota State University

Agricultural Education offers graduate study leading to the M.Ed. and M.S. degrees. Advanced work may involve specialized training in vocational education, extension education, international extension, and agricultural education. Degree programs are planned cooperatively to meet the needs of individual students. Candidates are encouraged to include supporting work relevant to subject matter areas of interest. Some courses focus on problems related to various phases of Agricultural Education, including secondary, post-secondary, adult, and extension programs. Others emphasize issues common to all service areas in agricultural and extension education. Provision may be made for candidates to include internships in agribusiness, natural resources education, or other aspects of agricultural and extension education in their programs. Candidates should work closely with an adviser. The NDSU programs in education are accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and are approved by the ND Education Standards and Practices Board. Changes in national and state legislation, standards, or rules can affect academic program requirements.

Ohio State University

Master’s of Agricultural and Extension Education
Students completing a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Agricultural and Extension Education will acquire knowledge and skills in foundational disciplines to plan, implement, and evaluate education and communication programs in the food, agricultural, and environmental sciences. The online M.S. degree in Agricultural and Extension Education is targeted toward early- and mid-career, place-bound, working professionals who need access to graduate education to advance their personal and professional goals.

Okalahoma State University

The department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership has designed an online degree program that enables working professionals to achieve either the Master of Science or Master of Agriculture degree. All courses are delivered via Desire 2 Learn or Moodle and are completely asynchronous.

South Dakota State University

SDSU’s multidisciplinary Master’s in Agricultural Education online graduate program prepares students for the career paths of their choosing:

  • Agricultural Education (both formal and informal)
  • Post-secondary Education
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Leadership in the Broader Agriculture Industry

  • Ready to take your agriculture profession to the next level? Cultivate a career through the Department of Teaching, Learning Leadership’s preparation and knowledge-expanding online courses, from educational research and psychology to curriculum and teaching theory.

    University of Tennessee

    Online Master of Science in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications

    The graduate program offers a Master of Science (MS) degree in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications. The online MS program completion requirements are 30 hours of coursework, which includes 18 hours in ALEC and 12 hours of electives. In addition, the student will complete a final exam or creative component approved by the student’s graduate committee. The master’s degree programs have been specifically designed to deliver research-based education so that students are empowered to succeed in these career opportunities:

    • Agricultural Leadership: For students who want to develop personal leadership skills, engage in community and organizational development, serve others, and engage in leadership initiatives both nationally and internationally.
    • Agricultural Education: For students who want an exciting career in education and related areas as an agriscience instructor or education specialist. For those seeking teacher certification, only the job-embedded teacher certification within the state of Tennessee can be completed 100% online.
    • Extension Education: For students who want to lead outreach and nonformal education in government service, community, and industry settings.
    • Agricultural Communications: For students who want to focus on anticipatory and strategic communications to build, maintain, and repair relationships with agricultural stakeholders and stake seekers.

    Dr. Carrie Stephens

    Online Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a concentration in Community Engagement and Leadership Development

    Use your existing Associates degree as the foundation for an online Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a concentration in Community Engagement and Leadership Development. This program starts upon the completion of an associate’s degree, allowing you to learn from home while completing 60 hours of online coursework. Full-time students can complete the program in as few as four semesters, though the program is built flexibly to allow students to enroll part-time while working or caring for other obligations. After graduating with our Bachelor of Science, you have the capability to work in Extension, community or youth organizations, government, nonprofits, business/industry, or international environments.

    Dr. Molly West

    Texas A&M University

    Master of Agriculture – Non-Thesis Option
    Students pursuing careers in fields such as instructional design-eLearning, advanced pedagogy, agricultu ral leadership or rural community development might seek the Master of Agriculture in Agricultural Development. The program prepares individuals for leadership roles in education, extension service, and many other professional careers in agriculture and life sciences. The 36 hour program is generally completed at a distance, however, individuals do have the option to complete on-campus or at-a-distance. Because of the diverse nature of the careers selected by MAG graduate students, degree plans will vary considerably and are generally unique for each individual. We offer two online certificate programs in which individuals may complete within the MAG program, the Certificate in Advanced Pedagogy in Agriculture and the Certificate in Agriculture eLearning Development.

    To learn more, please visit our website at

    Joint Doctor of Education (Doc@Distance)
    This unique Doctor of Education in Agricultural Education, commonly known as Doc@Distance, is a joint distance degree program between Texas A&M and Texas Tech universities. The program is a 64 credit hour post-master’s degree program which prepares individuals for a variety of instructional, supervisory, and administrative positions across the education and training professions. Students are admitted as a cohort with admission taking place every two years. The program utilizes a variety of delivery methods with primary tools utilizing a virtual learning environment used to access course material.

    To learn more, please visit our website at

    Utah State University

    This 100% online professional degree program provides students with the flexibility to pursue specific CTE areas, instructional technology, educational leadership, non-formal and adult education, and STEM areas. Graduates will increase their effectiveness in the classroom, can expect increased earnings, and will possess the credentials to explore new career opportunities in CTE leadership or in industry management. All courses are available on online. Most students in the program take two classes (6 credits) per semester. Many students who are enrolled are Agricultural Education, Family Consumer Sciences, Business Education, and Technology and Engineering teachers.

    Virginia Tech University

    Increasingly, individuals within the agricultural and life sciences are asked to train others on new techniques or equipment, develop programming that engages the public, or communicate new concepts in a variety of different settings to a diverse group of people.

    The Education concentration is designed for individuals desiring to advance their teaching/learning, leadership, extension and communications skill sets in this dynamic and evolving field. This in-depth program will provide concrete strategies for assisting individuals and communities with diverse needs and interests, and providing them with the abilities to acquire and retain the information shared, including youth and adult program management, program curriculum design, STEM integration in agriculture education, and service to international service and partnerships. 

    This program is designed to advance your position as an agricultural leader, educator, and communicator. 
    Graduates can also look forward to pursuing careers in these occupational roles:

    • Cooperative extension agents
    • Public school educators
    • Post-secondary instructors
    • Corporate consultants
    • Community program managers, coordinators, and program evaluators

    Washington State University

    The emphasis of the Master of Science in Agriculture program is on the agricultural professional, practitioner, and educator. It addresses the increased need for prepared individuals capable of applying new and emerging technologies and scientific findings to ongoing issues in production agriculture.

    The MS in Agriculture program is delivered using a variety of instructional technologies through the Center for Distance and Professional Education, from various off-campus sites within both the state and the region.



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