Extension Education Master of Extension Education (M.Ext.Ed.)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is extension education?

The field of extension education (sometimes known as cooperative extension) is primarily focused on making university knowledge and resources available to the community via educational outreach. As a part of the overall land-grant university mission, extension education effectively creates a bridge between the university and the general public so knowledge can be shared for the benefit of all citizens.

What does an extension educator do?

Extension educators work with a variety of populations to extend access to university knowledge, research, and educational resources. These populations may include members of the community, businesses, industries, and schools. Extension educators frequently organize and deliver customized programs to address challenging situations in the community. This process may involve conducting fieldwork or surveys, organizing training workshops, and/or building a variety of online informational resources.

What does an extension officer do?

Agricultural extension officers work with a variety of populations to extend access to university resources related specifically to agriculture.

What is an extension agent?

An extension agent is an official representative of a university extension office or program. These individuals may be called extension agents, extension educators, or extension officers.

What are the objectives of extension education?

As defined by Colorado State University, the primary objective of extension education is to empower citizens to address important, community-related issues by providing access to dynamic, science-based educational resources.

Does the Master of Extension Education program help students start a career?

Because this program has an internship component, students who successfully complete the program will build a professional working relationship with a local extension office or similar organization. After successfully completing the internship, students can ask supervisors and/or colleagues to provide letters of recommendation or job references.

What types of jobs can someone do with a master's degree in extension education?

CSU's Master of Extension Education program prepares students to pursue a career as an extension educator. However, similar opportunities include careers in the following fields: community development, community-based education, agricultural outreach, natural resources education, and more. Visit the career page to learn more.

How long does it take to complete this program?

Students can study at their own pace, but the average timeframe to complete the Master of Extension Education program is between 2.5 and three years.

What fees should students expect to pay?

In addition to tuition, students will pay a $25 per semester technology fee. The cost of textbooks must also be covered by the student.

What Next?

  • See how an online education from Colorado State has allowed students to fit education into their lives, how faculty work with students, and how coursework has directly impacted their work.

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