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Why Study Agricultural Education?

Agricultural education combines technical agriculture, professional education and agricultural education courses to provide students with the foundation needed for a successful career in and out of the classroom. Our Agricultural Education Program prepares graduates for a variety of roles, ranging from K-12 teacher to positions in government, business and the agricultural industry.

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Develop educational programs based on state and national curriculum standards.
  • Effectively advise youth organizations such as 4-H and FFA.
  • Utilize instructional technology to support learning.
  • Efficiently work with learners from a range of backgrounds, abilities and interests.
  • Implement experiential, service and work-based learning programs.
  • Create assessment tools that support learner development and program improvement.


Types of Courses

  • Curriculum Design in Career and Technical Education
  • Agriculture Economics and Management
  • Educational Psychology: Middle and Secondary Education
  • Foundations of Diversity and Equity in Education 
  • Introduction to Animal Science
  • Leadership and Group Dynamics
  • Orientation to Agricultural and Extension Education
  • Program Delivery in Agricultural, Extension, and Leadership Education
  • Science of Food

“I appreciate the professors’ knowledge and kindness. I know when I have a question or need something, I can go to them and ask. They also try to give as much hands-on experience as they can. Whether it is going out to the lab farm to work with chickens or planting plants in the greenhouse, they try to give us multiple ways to learn the material.”

- Carisa Cleven, agricultural education major, biology education and Spanish minor

4-Year Plan

Potential Careers

Agricultural education majors aren’t limited to the classroom. While you’ll be qualified to teach in K-12 settings, you may be surprised to find how broad your options really are! Potential roles include:

  • 4-H Youth, FFA or Extension Development Educator or Adviser
  • Agribusiness Science and Technology Teacher
  • Agricultural or Corporate Education Coordinator
  • Agricultural Lender
  • Agricultural Educator
  • Production Agronomist