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The mission of the agricultural education program is to prepare outstanding agriculture, food and natural resource educators for leadership positions in the public and private sectors. The graduate program is designed for students with interests in the fields of agricultural and extension education, communication and informal adult education. Although the program certifies high school agriculture teachers, there is no online or distance option for teacher certification in agricultural education. All certification courses are on-campus courses.

An Individualized Degree Experience

The agricultural education online master's program is structured around the needs of students and their career goals. Each student's degree program is individually tailored to meet his/her unique needs for professional development. Formal and informal learning experiences are designed to enable students to progress from what is known to what is not known, constantly expanding the boundaries of their knowledge and understanding.

A master's degree in agricultural leadership, communication and education makes it possible for graduates to pursue careers, such as:

  • Educators Agriculture teachers, for both public schools and adult or nonformal education programs, are responsible for helping their students learn about the many facets of agriculture — from crops and livestock to economics and marketing — and how that system provides the food we eat.
  • Public Relations Communications professionals work for a variety of private companies and nonprofit organizations. They are responsible for communicating messages about their companies' products or their organizations' cause to the public. They use various media, such as radio, television and print publications, to accomplish their goals.
  • Youth Specialists Working for nonprofit groups, such as 4-H, as well as outreach and extension services, youth specialists are responsible for developing educational programs for youth in their areas.

Other potential careers for graduates include:

  • Agricultural museum curator
  • Classroom teacher
  • Communications professional
  • Congressional staffer
  • Curriculum developer
  • Educational specialist
  • Environmental educator
  • Extension educator
  • International agricultural development specialist
  • Outreach coordinator
  • Program manager
  • Producer
  • Sales associate

Faculty Facilitating Learning

Facilitating learning is the primary role of our agricultural education and leadership faculty. Faculty meets the needs of agricultural education students by planning and conducting educational experiences that promote learning. This role may be fulfilled in organized classroom/laboratory environments, through advisement (students and student organizations), and through informal interactions. In addition to teaching and learning activities, our faculty develop and maintain a focused program of research and scholarship. Faculty research enhances teaching performance and is communicated to others through various avenues of professional exchange.

Staff in agricultural education provide valuable services that contribute to student and faculty success. Staff serve as catalysts in fulfilling necessary roles and functions that influence program operation.


The University of Missouri Agricultural Education and Leadership department is a member of the Agricultural Education Division of AG*IDEA. AG*IDEA is a consortium of 19 universities nationwide who share courses. In other words, you may take some courses from other universities, but your degree is through Mizzou. These courses are taught by faculty from other AG*IDEA universities.

If you enroll in an AG*IDEA course taught by an institution other than Mizzou, you are subject to a "common price" in regard to tuition. Please check with your faculty adviser to determine if a course offered on AG*IDEA through Mizzou is applicable to your program of study.