The agricultural leadership, education and communications program is designed for students wanting to learn more about leadership skills and styles, educational methods for youth and adults, or methods of communication and styles used in agricultural and related fields. The program may be completed under a thesis or non-thesis option. Candidates for the master's degree must meet the general requirements of the Graduate Council and those stipulated by the department.

 

The Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications offers the following concentrations:

 
  • Agricultural Leadership
    • Designed for those who want to develop their leadership skills and pursue careers in government, youth organizations, business/industry, international environments, and leadership positions within the community.

  • Agricultural Education
    • Designed to enhance the careers of those employed or interested in the educational professions of agriculture and the environment. Students will gain valuable knowledge and experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs. Also, if needed, the concentration allows students to complete the requirements of teacher licensure in Tennessee.

  • Extension Education
    • Designed for those interested in Extension careers.

  • Agricultural Communications
    • Designed for those pursuing communication careers in areas such as journalism, electronic media, marketing/management, and broadcasting.
 
 
2016-2018 Graduate ALEC Course Offerings:

 Upcoming Graduate ALEC Courses.pdfUpcoming Graduate ALEC Courses.pdf

 

The Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications 2017-2018 Handbook
 

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR A GRADUATE DEGREE INCLUDE TWO OPTIONS:

 
Thesis Option:
 

A candidate for the master’s degree who elects the thesis option must successfully complete the following requirements:

 
  • A total of 30 hours of graduate credit in courses approved by the student's graduate committee.
    • The 30 hours must consist of:
      • 15 hours of required graduate credit courses in ALEC
      • 6 hours in ALEC OR outside of ALEC
      • 6 hours of thesis
      • 3 hours of graduate credit in research methodology or statistics
  • A thesis acceptable to the student's graduate committee and the UTK Graduate School.
  • A final oral examination.

     
 
Non-Thesis Option:
 
A candidate for the master’s degree who elects the non-thesis option must successfully complete the following requirements:
  • A total of 30 hours of graduate credit in courses approved by the student's graduate committee.
    • The 30 hours must consist of:
      • 15 hours of required graduate credit courses in ALEC
      • 9 hours in ALEC OR outside of ALEC
      • 3 hours of creative component
      • 3 hours of graduate credit in research and methodology or statistics
  • A 3-credit hour creative component designed by the student and approved by the student's graduate committee.
  • Final written and oral comprehensive examinations.