The Department offers four certificates within our field of study:
- Certificate in Advanced Pedagogy in Agriculture
- Certificate in Agriculture eLearning Development
- Certificate in Extension Education
- Certificate in Leadership, Education, Theory, and Practice.
The Advanced Pedagogy in Agriculture, Agriculture eLearning Development and Leadership certificates may all be obtained by taking online courses. Currently, the Extension Education certificate is obtained only by taking some online and on-campus courses.
Certificate in Advanced Pedagogy in Agriculture
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). Certificate in Advanced Pedagogy
Certificate in Agriculture eLearning Development
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). Certificate in Agriculture Elearning Development
Certificate in Extension Education
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). Certificate in Extension Education
Certificate in Leadership Education, Theory, and Practice
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 in Leadership Education, Theory and Practice
Cost to Complete a Certificate
All certificates may be completed as academic credit (active enrollment at Texas A&M University) as part of a degree program, submit certificate application only, or by Continuing Education. Cost for academic credit is based on Texas A&M University tuition and fees. Cost for continuing education credit is $525/course. These costs do not include expenses related to required software or textbooks.
For more information to apply to complete a certificate within your degree program, as certificate completion only, or as Continuing Education, please submit the ALEC Certificate Application form and contact the Graduate Coordinator by email, firstname.lastname@example.org, of phone 979-862-7180.