Graduate Student Handbook
Department of Agricultural Education, Communications & 4-H Youth Development
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY
The Oklahoma State University is a modern comprehensive land grant university that serves the state, national, and international communities by providing its students with exceptional academic experiences, by conducting scholarly research and other creative activities that advance fundamental knowledge, and by disseminating knowledge to the people of Oklahoma and throughout the world.
Since its creation in 1890, Oklahoma State University has met its land grant mission while evolving into a comprehensive research university with statewide, national, and international responsibilities. The role of the University is:
DIVISION OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES
AND NATURAL RESOURCES
The Division, in comparison to systems in many other states, represents a highly integrated organization. Academic programs are under the purview of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Research programs, through the continuum from the most fundamental to the strictly applied, are conducted by the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station. Technology generated from the research programs is transferred to potential users by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. The functions of teaching, research, and extension form the basis of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Many faculty within the Division hold joint appointments between functions; a few even hold three-way (teaching-research-extension) responsibilities. This interactive system lessens institutional constraints so that Division faculty and staff can more easily cross departmental lines in pursuit of interdisciplinary studies.
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION,
COMMUNICATIONS, AND 4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Through the teaching, research, and extension functions of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications, and 4-H Youth Development enhances the quality of life for Oklahomans by:
·preparing individuals to become leaders in education, communications, and extension through formal and non-formal education;
·fostering visibility and awareness among our various publics about the Divisions programs and organizations, including the departments programs in 4-H youth development, agricultural communications, and agricultural education;
·producing and delivering research-based educational resources and materials to the public;
·conducting research on teaching and learning about agriculture and on evaluation of programs in education, communications, and youth development.
IN AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION
Oklahoma State Universitys graduate programs in agricultural education are designed to prepare students for entry into or advancement in formal and non-formal teaching careers. They also provide development of professional leadership skills for other careers in agribusiness, government service, extension, or adult education. The graduate programs in the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at OSU are among the most respected in the nation, with internationally recognized faculty and state-of-the-art laboratories.
The masters degree program in agricultural education, with its multiple options, provides a flexible program, which can be tailored to meet each students unique situation. In addition to the wide variety of professional courses in agricultural education, offerings are also available from all academic departments in the Division, including agricultural economics, biosystems and agricultural engineering, agronomy, animal science, biochemistry, entomology and plant pathology. Specialization areas such as administration, applied behavioral studies, supervision, counseling, community education, occupational education, adult education, and career education are also available through cooperation with the College of Education.
SUMMARY OF CREDIT HOUR REQUIREMENTS
Master of Science
|Education (8 hours must be in agricultural education)||
|* Specialty Area||
Master of Agriculture
|Agricultural Education Courses||
|Agricultural Education or Education Courses||
|* Specialty Area||
* The specialty-area courses may be chosen from technical
agriculture, educational administration, community education, other areas, or a
combination of areas which most effectively achieve the students educational goals.
** Totals Must Include
5000 or higher credit hours (Minimum) 21
Resident credit hours (Minimum) 23
Extension or Transfer credit hours (Maximum) 9
MASTER OF SCIENCE
The Master of Science in agricultural education is designed primarily for students interested in research who may later wish to pursue their specialist or doctoral degree. The program develops the students theoretical and research foundation for further graduate studies in addition to further knowledge and skills in agriculture and education. This program requires 30 approved credit hours of coursework including a six-credit-hour formal thesis. The thesis is a report of scholarly research conducted by the student and following the Graduate College format outlined in the OSU Thesis Writing Manual. The scope of the study will normally be of state or national interest, and the thesis will include an in-depth analysis of the findings.
Summary of Procedures for the Master of Science Degree
Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Federal regulations and Oklahoma State University policy require review and approval of all research studies that involve human subjects before investigators can begin their research. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) conducts this review to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects involved in biomedical and behavioral research. In compliance with the aforementioned policy, each graduate student doing research involving human subjects is required to submit an application for Review of Human Subjects Research to the IRB executive secretary at 305 Whitehurst Hall, (405) 744-5700. Applications are available from the IRB and on the Institutional Review Board web page at http://www.osu-ours.okstate.edu/osuresre/IRB.htm
MASTER OF AGRICULTURE
The Master of Agriculture in agricultural education is designed to further develop the knowledge and skills of the students in preparation for advancement in teaching, extension, administration, and many other professional careers. Most students in this program do not wish to complete a thesis or continue beyond a masters degree with their graduate studies. There are two options available for the Master of Agriculture program:
|Option AA total of 36 approved semester credit hours of coursework is required, including a two credit-hour creative component. The creative component will normally be done as a project in conjunction with a course but may be completed as a special project. This may be a written report of a literature review, action research project, curriculum development project, or a similar development project approved by the graduate committee. The details of the creative component will be determined by the students committee.|
|Option BA total of 36 approved semester credit hours of coursework is required, including a six credit-hour professional internship. The internship is a professional practice program cooperatively arranged with a school, extension center, government office, agribusiness, or other organization, which will provide the student with a hands-on learning experience complementary to the students educational goals. The students adviser and committee will assist with arrangements for the internship and will determine the details of the required report and supervise the internship. The students adviser will supervise the internship in cooperation with a member of the organization accepting the intern.|
Summary of Procedures for Master of Agriculture Degree
Creative Component Option
Information for Graduate Internships **
Cooperator ResponsibilitiesThe cooperators role is that of both employer and teacher. The cooperator has knowledge, experience, and equipment that cannot be found in a classroom but which, when shared with the graduate student, can add a new dimension to the interns education. The cooperators responsibilities include:
Internship EvaluationAn on-campus faculty adviser has the primary responsibility for evaluating the graduate students program. This evaluation will be closely coordinated with the internship cooperator.
DOCTORAL DEGREE PROGRAM
IN AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION
The Doctoral Program in Agricultural Education began at Oklahoma State University in 1955. The programs graduates hold a variety of positions, including faculty and administrative positions in colleges and universities, Cooperative Extension, and 4-H; supervisory and administrative positions in state departments of education and vocational education; as well as numerous positions in agribusiness, government, and related industry.
In 1997, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved a program leading to the Ph.D. in Agricultural Education to replace the Ed.D. With the additional emphasis placed on research, it is believed that the Ph.D. program will better prepare graduates to compete and contribute in the global community.
The program is designed to be tailored to the individual needs and goals of the student. There is a wide array of quality agriculture, education, administration, extension, occupational, and other course offerings from which to choose.
Admission to the program requires the following:
The program requires a minimum of 60 semester hours above the masters degree. Required coursework includes 20 hours of agricultural education and education courses, 13 hours of specialty-area courses, 12 hours of statistics and research courses, and 15 dissertation hours.
A minimum of 30 semester hours must be taken in residence at Oklahoma State University. One year (two concurrent semesters) of the last two years must be spent in continuous residence at the institution.
SUMMARY OF PROCEDURES FOR COMPLETING
*Refer to Institutional Review Board Information
FOR PH.D. CANDIDATES
A. To encourage an in-depth review and assimilation of the individuals educational experiences.
B. To provide an opportunity for the individual to demonstrate the extent to which he/she can integrate and synthesize his/her total educational experiences and apply these to the solution of problems in the field.
The responsibility for development, implementation and on-going evaluation of the comprehensive examination procedures will rest with the Departmental Graduate Coordinator in cooperation with the graduate faculty members in the Department.
III. TIMES FOR THE EXAMINATION
The student who fails the examination (or any part) is eligible to retake the examination (or appropriate parts) at the next scheduled time upon the recommendation of the students advisory committee chairperson within the guidelines established by the Graduate College.
IV. STRUCTURE OF THE EXAMINATION
The written examination will consist of four sessions of three hours each, conducted during two consecutive days. Each session will consist of essay questions (usually three or more with choices of three). An oral session will consist of two hours of questions from the students advisory committee at a date scheduled by the student two to five weeks after the written examination.
First SessionThis portion of the comprehensive examination will be designed to assess the students ability to demonstrate ways in which concepts from these foundation areas relate to current issues and problems in agricultural education;
Foundations and Philosophies of Agricultural Education Human Development and Learning Program, Curriculum, and Strategic Planning
Second SessionThis portion of the comprehensive examination will assess the extent to which the student has mastered the content in his/her area of specialization and can apply it to problems and situations. The questions will normally be prepared by the outside member of the students advisory committee, but may involve other members of the advisory committee or faculty in the area of specialization.
Third SessionThis portion of the comprehensive examination will assess how well the student has mastered research methodology and can explain how to use it to solve problems and design research.
Fourth SessionThis portion of the comprehensive examination will assess how well the student knows the concepts and content in agricultural education and can explain how to use them in approaching problems and in planning, implementing, and evaluating agricultural education programs.
Oral SessionThe oral examination will be a defense and/or clarification of the written responses to the questions in the written sessions. This will be an opportunity for the student to clarify responses. It is also an opportunity for the committee to clarify understanding of questions or responses.
V. EVALUATION PROCEDURES
The students handwritten responses will be photocopied and returned to the student to have typed verbatim. The Graduate Coordinator will keep the original. Those preparing their responses on the computer will print the responses at the end of each session and turn them in to the Graduate Coordinator or the person supervising the examination. Those using computers must ensure the hard drive is clear of resource material for the test and that responses are saved on a clean disk. Students are responsible for getting copies of responses to each committee member along with evaluation sheets. They are also responsible for checking with committee members to set the date for the oral examination. Committee members will bring responses and evaluation sheets to the oral examination for final determination of a pass/fail decision. The committee chair will check responses for verbatim typing and copying.
VI. REPORTING OF RESULTS
The committee will recommend pass or fail for each of the four written sessions and the oral session. Results will be reported to the student at the conclusion of the oral session. Results will be reported to the Graduate Coordinator to be officially submitted to the Dean of the Graduate College. If one or more written sessions or the oral session is failed, a retake of the oral session will be necessary to defend the session(s) that are retaken. Also, in the event of a failure on any session, it will be the committees responsibility to identify the condition under which another examination may be taken. The committee will identify the areas of weakness, suggest topics for further study, and specify details for the retake.
VII. PREPARATION FOR THE EXAMINATION
The written sections of the examination are to determine the extent to which the student can recall, synthesize, organize, and apply, in his/her unique personal style, knowledge directly pertaining to various aspects of and issues in agricultural education. What is sought is prima facie evidence that the respondent does (1) understand the question or problem presented, (2) cite appropriate sources and research, (3) logically develop the most important aspects of the problem or issue, and (4) succinctly conclude with his/her own position regardless of how this may vary from or adhere to traditionally accepted positions. Above all, students should "personalize" their responses and then defend their positions.
GRADUATE COLLEGE RULES AND REGULATIONS
All graduate students are expected to read and to comply with the written regulations as printed in the general University Catalog. All matriculating students are eligible for one free catalog upon their initial enrollment in the Graduate College.
|Graduate students must complete a minimum of six hours during each 12-month period to be continuously enrolled. Failure to maintain continuous enrollment requires reapplication and readmission to the program.|
|Graduate students must be enrolled in at least two hours during any semester in which they are utilizing university resources including the semester in which they graduate.|
|Graduate assistants must meet minimum enrollment requirements as follows:|
|All students (including those enrolling in research hours only) must be enrolled by the deadlines listed in the Schedule of Classes.|
|All requirements must be completed within the following periods calculated from initial
enrollment in the program:|
|No course on the plan of study may be more than 10 years old at the time of graduation.|
|All requirements for the doctorate must be completed within 4 years from the passing of the Qualifying Exam.|
|Students must follow deadlines for submission of theses/dissertations and for completing final exams as listed in the catalog.|
Grade Point Requirements
|Students whose cumulative graduate GPA falls below 3.0 are subject to being placed on Strict Academic Probation (SAP).|
|Students on SAP may be suspended if they receive any grade below a B.|
|To graduate, a student must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in all course work (excluding research and creative component hours) and also a minimum of a 3.0 GPA in research (or creative component) hours. These GPAs are calculated independently.|
|Masters students may transfer a maximum of 9 hours from another university or from special student status at OSU.|
|Doctoral students must take at least 30 hours at OSU.|
Plan of Study
|The plan of study for a Masters candidate must be filed no later than the semester when the 17th hour is completed. Doctoral candidates should file the plan of study as early in their program as feasible.|
|All students must indicate on their plans of study whether or not their research will involve human subjects. If human subjects are to be used, approval must be received from the Institutional Review Board prior to the beginning of the research.|
|Students must file a "diploma application card" at the beginning of the semester in which they are expecting to graduate. If they fail to graduate during that semester, they must re-file the card.|
|At the beginning of the semester of anticipated graduation, students should update their plans of study to ensure consistency with actual course work.|
|Published deadlines for theses and dissertations are strictly enforced.|
FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
There are numerous graduate assistantship and internship opportunities available in the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications, and 4-H Youth Development as well as in various departments and offices throughout the University.
Applications are available for departmental assistantships and internships in the office of the departmental graduate secretary. Additionally, assistantship opportunities in other departments and offices are generally posted on the graduate student bulletin board in the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications, and 4-H Youth Development.
Graduate students at OSU can participate in a number of student organizations. There are many undergraduate organizations in which graduate students can become involved. Those affiliated with the Ag Ed Department include Collegiate FFA, ATA, Collegiate 4-H, and Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow. Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture, and Phi Delta Kappa, an honorary educational society, also meet monthly at OSU.
The Oklahoma State University Graduate Student Association is composed of representatives from every graduate degree-granting department. It operates independently of the undergraduate Student Government Association and is the voice of graduate students on all issues. Its goal is to improve all aspects of graduate education. Most work is completed through a committee structure and non-representatives are encouraged to become involved. The Association sponsors travel to professional meetings, professional development seminars, and external speakers for graduate students.
The Agricultural Education, Communications, and 4-H Youth Development Department also has its own Graduate Student Association. The group holds monthly business meetings, discussing upcoming events and OSU Graduate Student Association updates, as well as various social and educational events throughout the year.
AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION GRADUATE COURSE OPTIONS
Education Course Work Options|
|Statistics and Research Course Options|
|Education Courses Used in Specialty Area or with AGED Courses|
+ Required for MS and Ph.D.
AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION GRADUATE FACULTY
Leising, Department Head, Ph.D., Iowa State University. |
Research Interests: agricultural literacy, curriculum development, and models for agriculture teacher education.
Chambers, Ed.D., University of Georgia. |
Research Interests: environmental education.
|Charles B. Cox,
Ed.D., Oklahoma State University.|
Research Interests: youth development, volunteer management, and agricultural literacy.
Forbes, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University.|
Research Interests: youth development, health and safety issues.
Hayes, Ed.D., Oklahoma State University.|
Research Interests: distance learning, communications and policy issues.
|C. Wesley Holly, Ed.D., Oklahoma State University.|
Research Interests: student advisement, recruitment and retention.
Assistant Dean, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
|James P. Key,
Ed.D., North Carolina State University.|
Research Interests: water quality, evaluation, and distance education.
Terry, Ph.D., Ohio State University.|
Research Interests: leadership and youth organizations.
Terry, Jr., Ph.D., Texas A&M University.|
Research Interests: evaluation of educational programs in agriculture, agricultural literacy, and agricultural communications.
Weeks, Ph.D., Texas A&M University.|
Research Interest: agricultural literacy and leadership.
White, Ed.D., Oklahoma State University. |
Research Interests: cooperative extension, social issues impacting production agriculture, and agricultural literacy.
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