Below are examples of the types of self-directed creative or research projects students can create in the Master of Agricultural and Extension Education degree program.
Teachers select an aspect of their teaching to investigate. They record data and consider theories from the research literature, drawing conclusions about how teaching is influencing learning and vice versa, and informing future instructional decisions. The intent is to improve the teachers’ immediate classroom teaching; secondarily, if applicable, the intent is to generalize it across other contexts in the school or beyond. Students seeking “M” teaching licensure are required to complete this type of culminating project. See frequently asked questions about action research projects.
Course or Curriculum Development
Develop a teaching unit or course that includes lesson plans, instructional materials, group activities, and assessment instruments. Some or all of the materials/activities will be implemented in an actual setting and evaluated. The student will reflect on the process and outcomes of the project.
Conduct a small-scale research project that is either a descriptive or correlative research study focusing on areas of concern for the profession such as job satisfaction, teacher turnover, needs assessment, etc. Students must use standard research procedures and protocols.
Coaching or Mentoring
Formally coach or mentor a beginning teacher or agent. The student develops a plan for the mentoring/coaching activity. An instructional coach provides ongoing consistent follow-up by way of demonstrations, observations, and conversations with new professionals as they implement new strategies and knowledge.