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Considering a degree in Extension Education?

Would you like to do more of the following?

  • Analyze the principles that guide extension work
  • Develop programs and community outreach initiatives
  • Customize instructional methods for various audiences
  • Develop evaluation strategies for programming
  • Gather, analyze, and communicate community-based research to various populations
  • Participate in a structured mentoring model and engaged peer network

Consider graduate courses as an exceptional option to fulfill professional development goals that culminate in a degree or certificate that will bolster your performance reviews, resumes, and curriculum vitas.

The Extension Education Masters at Colorado State University is a great Plan C/ Professional Masters (No project/paper or thesis- 36 credits) option for Extension Educators needing to fulfill a master's requirement while developing professional development with courses that offer transferable skills directly into your programing efforts.

The Extension Education Masters program is available online with asynchronous courses which means you learn when the time and pace is right for you. Courses are designed with a high level of peer to peer engagement for maximum networking opportunities with Extension Professionals across the country. You will never feel alone in your online academic journey as our advisors will assist, guide, and support you with your academic and professional endeavors in Extension work.

Extension Education courses

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For those who are starting out a career in Extension and would like a longer and more comprehensive onboarding experience, consider the Teaching in Extension graduate certificate. This 13 credit option includes the three core courses plus an elective of your choice. The certificate option can be 2 or 3 semesters (one to one and half years) and is a great cohort option for learning the ins and outs of Extension work, engage in peer networking, and have an advising mentor available to support you throughout the entire length of the program.

If the Masters or Certificate sound interesting to you and you would like to know more, have questions about how to apply, or just want to chat, please join the up-coming webinar, Wednesday, July 27th at 1:00pm MST.


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About the Extension Foundation

The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

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