University Catalog 2024-2025

Extension Education (Minor)

The minor in Extension Education is open to all interested baccalaureate students. The minor is especially appropriate for students interested in careers with the Cooperative Extension System or other nonformal educational/community outreach organizations. The minor is especially appealing for those students in majors that touch Extension's core programs of agriculture and food, health and nutrition, and 4-H youth development, including:

•    Agricultural Education
•    Agricultural Science
•    Agricultural and Resource Economics
•    Animal Science
•    Applied Ecology
•    Biological and Agricultural Engineering
•    Community Development
•    Communication
•    Crop and Soil Sciences
•    Family and Community Sciences
•    Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences
•    Forest Biomaterials
•    Forestry and Environmental Resources
•    Entomology and Plant Pathology
•    Horticultural Science
•    Health and Exercise Studies
•    Landscape Architecture
•    Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
•    Poultry Science
•    Public Administration
•    Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education
•    Textile and Apparel

Students completing a minor in Extension Education will become familiar with the organization, structure, and mission of Cooperative Extension; planning and delivery of nonformal educational programs; management and leadership of volunteers; communication media and technology; and leadership theory, principles, and skills. The minor requires a minimum of 15 credit hours, with 6 credit hours from a required core and 9 credit hours from a list of advised electives. A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses used toward the minor. Courses used to satisfy the minor may not be taken for credit only. Course substitutions may be made with minor advisor and minor administrator approval.


Certification must be submitted no later than the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program.

Plan of Study

See the "plan requirements" tab. Contact the Program Coordinator with any questions.

Registration Information

Application for admission to any University minor program is available via MyPack Portal. Go to Add a Minor to apply.

For more information about this program, please visit our website.

Program Coordinator

Dr. Joseph L. Donaldson
Associate Professor
Department of Agricultural and Human Sciences
248 Ricks Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695-7607

SIS code: 11EXTEDM 

Plan Requirements

The minor requires a minimum of 15 credit hours with 6 credit hours from a required core and 9 credit hours from a list of advised electives. The minimum grade required for all courses counting toward the minor is “C”.

Required Courses
AEE 230Introduction to Cooperative Extension3
AEE 325Planning and Delivering Non-Formal Education3
Elective Courses
Select courses from the following list:9
Introduction to Teaching Agriculture
Leadership Development in Agriculture and Life Sciences
Practicum in Agricultural Extension/Industry
Leadership and Management of Volunteers in Agricultural and Extension Education
Professional Presentations in Agricultural Organizations
Organizational Leadership Development in Agriculture and Life Sciences
Advanced Issues in Extension Education
Seminar in Agricultural Education
Total Hours15