BS in Agricultural Education

Degree Program Description

Agricultural Education combines interests in agriculture, working with people, shaping 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 program is individualized by choosing between two degree options – teaching or leadership. Some agricultural education careers include Agriculture teachers, Public Relations Specialist, and Youth Specialist. As an Agriculture teacher, graduates work for both public schools and adult education programs. They are responsible for teaching their students about the many facets of agriculture – from crops and livestock to economics and marketing – and how that system provides the food we eat.  As Public relations specialists graduates work for a variety of private companies and non-profit organizations. They are responsible for communicating messages about their company’s products or their organization’s cause to the public. They utilize various media, such as radio, television and print publications, to accomplish their goals.  As Youth specialists graduates work for non-profit groups such as 4-H, as well as outreach and extension services. They are responsible for developing educational programs for youth in their area. 

Major Program Requirements

Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education are required to complete all University general education, University undergraduate requirements, degree, and major requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements. Approximately one-third of the course work for the degree is completed in agricultural education or professionally related courses. In addition, the curriculum includes courses in agriculture, food and natural resource disciplines including agricultural economics, agricultural systems management, animal science, food science, horticulture, plant science and natural resources.

Students majoring in agricultural education select the Teacher Certification emphasis or Leadership emphasis. Please see the individual emphasis areas for degree and major requirements.

Foundational Courses

CHEM 1100Atoms and Molecules with Lab3
or CHEM 1320 College Chemistry I
BIO_SC 1010
BIO_SC 1020
General Principles and Concepts of Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1030 General Principles and Concepts of Biology with Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1200 General Botany with Laboratory
or BIO_SC 1500 Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory
ABM 1041Applied Microeconomics3
or ECONOM 1014 Principles of Microeconomics
AG_ED_LD 2250Introduction to Leadership3
or AG_ED_LD 2260 Team and Organizational Leadership
AG_ED_LD 2220Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources3

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Semester Plan

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester for a student that has selected the Teacher Certification emphasis area.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

First Year
AG_ED_LD 1000^1MATH 1100*3
PLNT_S 2075^3HIST 1100*3
ABM 10413Animal Science Elective3
AN_SCI 10113COMMUN 1200*3
ENGLSH 1000*3BIO_SC 1020*2
 BIO_SC 1010*3
 13 17
Second Year
ESC_PS 20103AG_ED_LD 2220*3
AG_ED_LD 2271^1CHEM 1100*3
AG_S_M 1020^3PLNT_S 21103
THEATR 1400*3RU_SOC 10003
AG_ED_LD 2250*3LTC 2040^3
AG_ED_LD 2270^3 
 16 15
Third Year
SPC_ED 40203SCI_AG_J 32103
ABM 22233AG_ED_LD 22603
AG_ED_LD 4310^3AG_ED_LD 4320^3
STAT 1400*3AG_ED_LD 4321^1
PLNT_S 32604ABM 21833
 Animal Science Elective 3
 16 16
Fourth Year
LTC 45603AG_ED_LD 4087^3
ABM 32243AG_ED_LD 4995^9
AG_ED_LD 3320^3 
AG_ED_LD 4330^3 
AG_ED_LD 4331^1 
PLNT_S 32303 
 16 12
Total Credits: 121

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Teacher Education Courses

Students proceed through three phases as they complete the baccalaureate program. Each phase includes training in technology as well as clinical experience. University general education and content requirements are completed each semester in addition to the required program area courses. A student admitted to a professional program (Phase II) must maintain the standards met at the time of admission. 

The Director of Teacher Certification will monitor student GPAs each semester. Students must maintain the following minimum GPA (UM and overall) to maintain in good standing.

Phases:     Min. cumulative         Min. professional     Minimum ag  
                  GPA (UM & overall)      (educ) GPA            content GPA

Phase I         2.00                               2.00                             2.00
Phase II        2.75                               3.00                             3.00
Phase III       2.75                               3.00                             3.00

Students in Phase II or III must maintain the minimum GPA for their phase to be considered in good standing. If a student in Phase II or III is determined to not be in good standing, the Director of Teacher Certification will change the student to Phase I status and will notify the student in writing. Students may apply to be readmitted to Phase II upon meeting all the minimum GPAs required of that level.

Phase I

Students are automatically enrolled into Phase I upon entering the degree program. This phase provides students with an immersion into the discipline and culture of teaching and learning before focusing on a teaching specialty. Phase I coursework includes the following courses: ESC_PS 2010, LTC 2040AG_ED_LD 2270, AG_ED_LD 2271, AG_ED_LD 4310, and AG_ED_LD 4321.

Phase II

This phase occurs over a three-semester sequence and focuses increasingly on a chosen teaching emphasis and on interdisciplinary teaching. Experiences in this phase focus on instructional strategies, human development, classroom and behavior management and educational measurement. This phase provides students with experience in the methods of teaching in a specific subject area as well as emerging problems and practices within the field of education.

Application to Phase II is required. Students become eligible for consideration for admittance to Phase II after meeting the following criteria:

  • Current enrollment in the Agricultural Education program
  • Minimum 2.750 UM GPA of record and overall GPA (on a 4.000 scale)
  • Content GPA of 3.000 (on a 4.000 scale)
  • Professional (education) GPA of 3.000 (on a 4.000 scale)
  • Passing score on the Missouri General Education Assessment
  • Completion of the Missouri Educator Profile (or other required dispositions instrument as identified by DESE)
  • ENGLSH 1000 with a “C” range grade or higher
  • MATH 1100 with a “C” range grade or higher
  • Demonstration of competence of Phase I learning markers as demonstrated by satisfactory completion of Phase I courses (ESC_PS 2010 ,  LTC 2040, AG_ED_LD 2270, AG_ED_LD 2271, AG_ED_LD 4310, and AG_ED_LD 4321 with a grade of  “S” (satisfactory), or "C" (2.00) or higher in each course
  • Demonstrated competence of Phase I mid-preparation benchmarks (as documented by Phase I instructors)
  • Possession of characteristics associated with effective performance in a professional role at the level(s) and in the major(s) selected
  • Completion of application for progression

Decisions regarding Phase II admission are made by the Director of Teacher Certification. Meeting minimum requirements for admission to Phase II does not guarantee admission to Phase II. Students may be allowed to take Phase II courses if conditionally admitted into Phase II by faculty. Faculty will consider conditional Phase II admits on a case-by-case basis and can re-approve conditional status so long as students submit an approved plan for meeting Phase II requirements to the College of Education each semester. However, conditionally admitted students will not be fully admitted until they meet all listed requirements. Students are not eligible for Phase III admittance until fully admitted into Phase II.  

Phase III

Phase III occurs during the last year, including student placement in a public school district for the entire semester, for approximately 16 weeks (12 credit hours).

Application for Phase III is required. To qualify for the teaching internship, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Admission to Phase III in the program area
  • Successful completion of all Phase II requirements
  • Demonstration of competence of Phase II learning markers as demonstrated by satisfactory completion of Phase II courses (AG_ED_LD 4320, AG_ED_LD 4330, AG_ED_LD 4331, SPC_ED 4020, LTC 4460, LTC 4560, LTC 4565) with a grade of  “S” (satisfactory), or "C" (2.00) or higher in each course.
  • A minimum of 90 completed credit hours
  • Completion of at least the preceding semester in residence
  • A minimum 2.750 UM GPA of record and an overall GPA of 2.750 (on a 4.000 scale)
  • Content GPA of 3.000 (on a 4.000 scale)
  • Professional (education) GPA of 3.000 (on a 4.000 scale)
  • Completion of specific prerequisite professional education and subject area course requirements for the level at which the teaching internship is to be accomplished

Teaching internship placements are available in several districts across the State of Missouri. Applications are accepted approximately a year preceding internship. More information concerning student teaching internships may be obtained from John Tummons, Director of Teacher Certification. 123 Gentry Hall.

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Teacher Certification/Licensures

Completion of the bachelor’s degree and any additional requirements for certification must be completed before the graduate is eligible for an Initial Professional Certificate from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in the State of Missouri.

Recommendation for initial certification after graduation requires:

  • Passing score on the Content Area Exam (and official scores submitted to the University of Missouri)
  • Passing score on the Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment
  • Official transcripts with the degree posted submitted to Office of Assessment in 2 Hill Hall. 
  • Submission of an IPC application from the DESE web application website to MU
  • The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education also requires that students seeking additional certification in other teaching subjects take the Content Area Exam in those additional subjects in order to be considered a Highly Qualified Teacher

A student recommended for teacher certification must meet the following criteria:

  • Cumulative UM GPA of record of 2.750
  • Overall GPA of 2.750 for all college course work completed
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.000 in all content area course work
  • 2.000 in each professional education course with overall 3.000 GPA on all professional education course work
  • Satisfactory score on the Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment
  • Satisfactory score on the Content Area Exam required by the State of Missouri
  • Satisfactory completion of minimum required professional and technical agriculture coursework
  • An official copy of the student’s transcript with baccalaureate degree posted submitted to the Office of Assessment in 2 Hill Hall. 
  • Complete online application for an Initial Professional Certificate through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) web application

Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

For additional details on degree audits, go to

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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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