The undergraduate Minor in Extension Education (EXED) provides students with formal instruction in Extension Education necessary to be successful Extension educators. The 18 hour curriculum prepares students in the history and philosophy of Extension education, extension educational methodologies, program management and program development. Students explore Extension educational roles in their future contexts; develop an awareness of program development, volunteer management, Extension educational theories and models for future application as an Extension educator. The coursework includes nine credits of foundational leadership concepts, three credit hours in a specialized area of leadership, and three hours in an Extension internship.
Eligibility Requirements to Declare Minor in Extension Education
- Students must have a cumulative 2.5 GPR or higher and be in good standing with Texas A&M University.
- Students must have completed 75 hours or less at time of application.
- Students must have a declared major.
All credits for the Minor in Extension Education must be passed with a grade of C or higher.
Required Foundational Courses (9 credits)
- ALED 339- Agricultural Extension Philosophy and Mission
- Agricultural Extension Philosophy and the Land-Grant Mission (3-0). Credit 3 Philosophy of Cooperative Extension and roles within the land-grant system; history, organization, program areas and guiding principles; relationship with the teaching and research branches of the land-grant system. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of instructor.
- 000 Credit hours
- 000 Lecture hours
- ALED 441- Agricultural Extension Organization and Methods
- Agricultural Extension Organization and Methods. (3-0). Credit 3. Cooperative extension in agriculture and home economics; development, objectives, organization, program building and methods of teaching. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification
- 000 Credit hours
- 000 Lecture hours
- ALEC 494- Internship
- Credit 3. Supervised internship and independent study related to student’s professional interest.
Elective hours (select 3 courses, 9 hours)
- ALED 341- Team Learning
- Team Learning. (3-0). Credit 3. Team development theory; emphasizes research on team member behaviors, team decision making models and positive conflict in team environments. Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification.
- ALED 344- Leadership of Volunteers
- Leadership of Volunteers. (3-0). Credit 3. Principles, theories, concepts, techniques and applications for leading volunteers in agriculture and life sciences nonprofit, governmental and community organizations. Prerequisites: ALED 340, junior or senior classification.
- ALED 426- Leading Training Adults
- Leading and Training Adult Learners. (3-0). Credit 3. Planning educational training programs, including leadership programs, to implement with an adult audience; includes needs assessment, instructional design, lesson plan development, evaluation, and other items related to leading adults. Prerequisites: ALED or USAL LED majors only; ALED 340, junior or senior classification.
- ALED 440- Leading Change
- Leading Change. (3-0). Credit 3. Analysis of change models and theories and the leadership application on individual, organizational, and societal changes. Prerequisites: ALED or USAL-LED major, junior or senior classification, ALED 202
- ALED 442- Professional Communications in Agriculture and Life Sciences
- Professional Communications in Agriculture and Life Sciences. (2-2). Credit 3. Technological communication theory; instructional and presentation models; teaching strategies; multimedia development. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.
- ALED 412- Technology-Enhanced Instructional Design Strategies for Agriculture
- Technology-Enhanced Instructional Design Strategies for Agriculture. (3-0). Credit 3. Techniques and applications of technology to enhance instruction of agricultural topics; instructional design principles, instructional strategies, technological tools; the design, development and delivery of technology-enhanced instruction for agriculture and life sciences. Not intended for majors in education. Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification.
- ALEC 425- Principles of Program Evaluation
- Evaluation principles applied to educational programs in agriculture and life science. (3-0). Credit 3. Students should be able to gain a basic understanding of skills in program evaluation processes, concepts, and theories. Develops expertise needed to design and conduct evaluations of youth and adults in extension, community and school-based programs.
- RPTS 308- Foundations of Community and Community Development
- Foundations of Community and Community Development. (3-0). Credit 3. Analysis of the elements comprising a community, community assessment techniques and community development processes engaged by stakeholders and residents to improve living conditions; definitions and principles associated with community development. Prerequisites: Junior or senior classification.
- RPTS 370- Youth Development Organizations and Services
- Youth Development Organizations and Services. (3-0). Credit 3. Changing views of adolescence and youth culture in the United States; developmental assets and principles of developing positive youth, development supports, opportunities and services; mentoring and staff development for youth service agencies; goals, program emphases, administrative methods and membership of major youth serving organizations.
- RPTS 371- Effective Skills Youth
- Understanding and Developing Effective Skills for Youth Development. (3-0). Credit 3. Development of skills needed to effectively work with youth; issues such as youth participation, conflict resolution, youth-adult collaboration, leadership development, youth empowerment and youth voice; connection of theoretical concepts to practice. Prerequisites: RPTS 370 and junior or senior classification.
- RPTS 408- Community Development and Supporting Institutions
- Community Development and Supporting Institutions. (3-0). Credit 3. Scope, function and mission of domestic and international organizations that support community development efforts. Prerequisites: RPTS 308 or approval of instructor; junior or senior classification
- RPTS 478- Youth Development Practice
- Youth Development Practice. (3-0). Credit 3. Application of youth development philosophy in community settings; principles and practices of community youth development and existing youth developmental models; local efforts related to community youth development. Prerequisites: RPTS 370, RPTS 371 and junior or senior classification.
*Additional electives may be approved by ALEC advisor.
Applications are reviewed the 1st Friday of every month. Decisions will be emailed to the address you provide in your application.