BS in Agricultural Education with Emphasis in Teacher Certification

Degree Program Description

Agricultural Education combines interests in agriculture,  working with people, shapeing the next generation’s understanding of agriculture and its role in society, and using  communication and human relation skills to obtain leadership roles in many agricultural industries.   The degree in Agricultural Education with emphasis in Teacher Certification prepares students to meet state teacher certification requirements and teach agriculture in public schools at the secondary and adult levels. In addition to courses in agricultural education, the teaching option curriculum includes courses in general education, technical agriculture (agricultural economics, agricultural business and management, animal science, plant and soil science, agricultural systems management, horticulture, natural resources and forestry) and professional teacher certification courses offered through the College of Education.  The capstone experience involves a 16-week student teaching internship.

Major Program Requirements

Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education are required to complete all University general educationUniversity undergraduate requirements, degree, and major requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements.

Teacher Certification Emphasis

The Teacher Certification emphasis prepares students to meet state teacher licensure requirements to teach agriculture in Missouri public schools at the secondary and adult levels. In addition to courses in agricultural education, the curriculum includes a diverse selection of courses in agriculture, food and natural resources and professional teacher certification courses offered through the College of Education. The capstone experience involves a semester-long teaching internship in a selected secondary agriculture program.

Emphasis core requirements28
AG_ED_LD 1000Orientation to Agricultural Education and Leadership1
AG_ED_LD 2270Leadership Development in Youth Organizations3
AG_ED_LD 2271Early Field Experience1
AG_ED_LD 4310Intracurricular Program Management in Agricultural Education3
AG_ED_LD 4320Methods of Teaching I3
AG_ED_LD 4321Field Experience I1
AG_ED_LD 4330Methods of Teaching II3
AG_ED_LD 4331Field Experience II1
AG_ED_LD 4087Internship Seminar in Agricultural Education and Leadership3
AG_ED_LD 4995Student Teaching Internship in Agriculture9
College of Education12
ESC_PS 2010Inquiry Into Learning I3
LTC 2040Inquiring into Schools, Community and Society I3
SPC_ED 4020Teaching the Exceptional Learner3
LTC 4560Reading and Writing in the Content Areas3
Agricultural Economics6
AG_EC 2183The Agricultural Marketing System3
or AG_EC 3224 New Products Marketing
or AG_EC 2223 Agricultural Sales
AND Agricultural Economics Elective3
Animal Science5
AN_SCI 1065Animal Science Laboratory Practicum2
AND Animal Science Elective3
PLNT_S 2110Plants and their Cultivation3
or SOIL 2100 Introduction to Soils
or PLNT_S 3275 Grain Crops
or PLNT_S 3270 Forage Crops
Agricultural Systems Management6
AG_S_M 1020Introduction to Agricultural Systems Management3
AG_ED_LD 3320Metal Fabrication and Laboratory Management3
PLNT_S 2075Environmental Horticulture3
PLNT_S 3260Greenhouse Management4
or PLNT_S 4365 Greenhouse Crops Production
CAFNR electives9
General Electives9

Semester Plan

Refer to the Semester Plan for the BS in Agricultural Education and visit with an advisor because an actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

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Degree Audit

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center.  No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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