The Department offers five certificates within our field of study:
- Certificate in Advanced Pedagogy in Agriculture
- Certificate in Agriculture eLearning Development
- Certificate in Extension Education
- Certificate in International Agriculture
- Certificate in Leadership, Education, Theory, and Practice
The Advanced Pedagogy in Agriculture, Agriculture eLearning Development and Leadership certificates may all be obtained by distance education. Currently, the Extension Education and International Agriculture certificates have several courses offered as distance education while other courses must be completed as campus based courses.
A Certificate in Advanced Pedagogy in Agriculture is designed for graduate students to continue their education and develop professionally in pedagogy principles and delivery. It provides flexibility for students to take courses in the manner that best fits their schedule. This certificate is appropriate for teachers, advisors, coaches, coordinators, and others who want to develop more advanced skills in working with youth in agriculture and related settings. Students are required to complete 14 credit hours which consists of ALEC 601 or ALEC 611, ALEC 607, ALEC 603, ALEC 623 or ALEC 625, and ALEC 685 (a Directed Study as a capstone course).
The Agriculture eLearning Development certificate is an innovative program that prepares students and professionals to develop sophisticated eLearning courses and programs to serve the eTraining needs of both public and private sectors of agriculture. Students are required to complete five courses (14 credit hours) which consist of ALEC 610, ALEC 611, ALEC 612, ALEC 613, and ALEC 685 (a Directed Study as a capstone course).
A Certificate in Extension Education will prepare students with the unique knowledge and skills required to apply Extension education theory and put into practice these theories at any level in an organization. Students will gain a substantive foundation of Extension education theory, with the instructional focus on community situations and how to apply theories to all community situations. The certificate requires the completion of 14 credit hours. Required courses include, ALEC 610, ALEC 631, select either ALEC 623 or ALEC 625, and ALEC 685 (a Directed Study as a capstone course). In addition, students select 3 credit hours from the following: ALEC 603, ALEC 608, ALEC 609, ALEC 630, ALEC 640, or ALEC 623 or ALEC 625 (whichever was not taken as required).
The International Agriculture Graduate Certificate (INAG) Program helps graduate students acquire specific knowledge and experience in international agriculture to increase their career competencies and workforce competitiveness. The INAG Program is evidenced via transcript or may be earned as a stand-alone certificate from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The 15-hour INAG combines selected courses from students’ home departments and selected international agriculture courses from the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications, and the Department of Agricultural Economics. INAG courses require subject matter with more than a 50% focus in international agriculture. Students acquire focused study and increased understanding in human capacity development, and/or agricultural and natural resource economic trade and policy in the INAG Certificate Program.
The Leadership Education, Theory, and Practice Certificate will prepare students with the unique knowledge and skills required to apply leadership theory and put into practice these theories at any level in an organization. Students gain a substantive foundation of leadership theory, with the institutional focus on leadership situations and how to apply leadership theories to all professional organizations, including professional and civic. This emphasis consists of 12 credit hours. One course is required, ALEC 606, and the other 9 credit hours are selected from the following: ALEC 607, ALEC 608, ALEC 609, ALEC 616, ALEC 617, ALEC 618, ALEC 623 or ALEC 625.
Certificate Admission and Cost to Complete a Certificate
ALEC Certificate options may be completed in three ways:
- Admitted in a degree program – Active admission and enrollment at Texas A&M University
- Admitted in Non-Degree status as certificate application only (stand-alone) – Active admission and enrollment at Texas A&M University
- Departmental continuing education – Departmental approval only
All certificate options may be completed in a degree program, in non-degree certificate application status only (stand-alone), or by departmental continuing education with the exception of the Certificate in International Agriculture.
The certificate in International Agriculture is a multi-departmental certificate; thus this certificate cannot be completed as departmental continuing education at this time. The International Agriculture graduate certificate (INAG) requires a specific application and review process by the program committee. To apply, access the INAG online application.
The cost for academic credit and certificate only admission is based on Texas A&M University tuition and fees. Certificates completed as academic credit will be transcribed on a Texas A&M University transcript. The cost for departmental continuing education credit is $525/course. Completion will not be transcribed on a Texas A&M University transcript and no CE units are earned when completing departmental continuing education. These costs do not include expenses related to required software or textbooks.
If interested in completing one or more of the certificate options within your degree program, as certificate completion only (stand-alone), or as departmental continuing education, please submit the departmental ALEC Certificate Application form and contact the Graduate Coordinator by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 979-862-7180. For specific details of the application process, please visit the HOW TO APPLY web page.