Academic departments need to periodically assess their programs to ensure that students are developing the competencies needed for successful careers. Consistent with this goal, a new framework for guiding the doctoral specialization in extension education was developed by the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication at the University of Florida. A modified Delphi method was used to guide the project with a goal of achieving consensus regarding fundamentally important theories, knowledge, literature, and experiences for graduate students pursuing doctoral degrees specialized in extension education. The resulting framework can be used as a guide for recruiting, advising, and communicating job qualifications.
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Harder, A. M., Benge, M., Diaz, J. M., Roberts, G., & Warner, L. A. (2021). Fundamentals of an Extension Education Doctoral Specialization: The University of Florida Framework. The Journal of Extension, 59(2), Article 5. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.59.02.05