Welcome to Agricultural Education at Colorado State University!
Thank you for your interest in our programs. We have a thriving program in agricultural education with two options for undergraduate consideration: Teacher Development (leading to licensure to teach in middle and high school classrooms) and Agricultural Literacy (for those who would like to pursue educational program experiences outside of the school systems). Regardless of your interest, the faculty and staff in agricultural education will strive to provide to you all of the mentoring and help that you desire to assist you in meeting your goals! Read on to discover more details about the programs that we offer!
Kellie Enns, Assistant Professor
What is Agricultural Education
Agricultural Education is defined as a systematic program of instruction for students desiring to learn and teach/educate the science, business, and technology of agriculture, food and environmental/natural resource systems. Agricultural education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices regarding agriculture.
Purposes of the Agricultural Education Program:
- 1. Provide mentoring and support to students pursuing agricultural education concentrations
- 2. Provide relevant and experiential education opportunities for students in the program areas
- 3. Develop a sound research plan of work which articulates a two-fold research agenda: the philosophical need for agricultural education and evaluates participants’ learning programming in agricultural education
- 4. Provide value added support for College of Agricultural Sciences programs at Colorado State University who practice agricultural education and literacy outreach, research and teaching
- 5. Conduct selected educational programming for community-based groups, non-profit organizations, and/or College of Agricultural Science programs
- 6. Conduct selected educational programming evaluation for community-based groups, non-profit organizations, and/or and College of Agricultural Science programs
Major in Agricultural Education
Concentration in Teacher Development
Teacher development in school-based agricultural education is delivered in a three-part model: classroom, experiential learning and leadership development. Teacher development in school-based agriculture education is education in agriculture. In Colorado, agricultural education is delivered through approximately 100 secondary programs located throughout the state. Over 5,600 young people are enrolled in agricultural education programs in Colorado. Graduates in Teacher Development Concentration take classes in agriculture and in the School of Teacher Education and Principal Preparation (STEPP). A Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education Teacher Development leads to teacher licensure by the State of Colorado. The curriculum requires students to demonstrate a competent knowledge of educational theory and a broad-based understanding in agricultural content. Students combine practical experience and technical course work including animal science, plant science, agricultural mechanics, natural resources, food products and processing, and agriculture business. Students must have a 2.75 GPA, pass the PLACE assessment for Agriculture and Renewable Natural Resources licensure and complete a student teaching semester internship.
Potential occupations for graduates in the Teacher Development Concentration are in demand to fill the 18 year shortage in agricultural education teachers. Two-thirds of program graduates take teaching and administrative positions in public schools. Other graduates fill positions in agribusiness, feed, seed, fertilizer, machinery and finance companies and human resource positions in agribusiness companies. Additionally, graduates often pursue advanced degrees in teaching agriculture and work at community colleges, in extension or as curriculum specialists in organizations.
Concentration in Agricultural Literacy
An integral part of a complete agricultural education system is agricultural literacy. Agricultural literacy is the synthesis, instruction, and communication of basic information about agriculture to the public. Potential occupations may include assisting educators, producers, industry groups, and others to effectively incorporate information about agriculture into subjects being taught or examined in public and private forums. Agricultural literacy is education about agriculture. The agricultural literacy programming and training in this degree area will focus on a wide-range of ages (from early childhood to adult), audiences (rural, urban, ethnical diverse, etc.) and a variety of agriculture topics. Coursework includes technical agriculture and natural resources content knowledge, communications, philosophy and human development. Students are required to complete an internship in agricultural literacy. Students graduating with a degree in agricultural education concentration in agricultural literacy would have to complete additional educational coursework in order to teach in public schools in Colorado.
Potential occupations for graduates of this major include working for industry, trade or community organizations that promote and advocate for an agriculturally literate society.
Minor in Agricultural Literacy
The minor identifies students who have completed an integrated set of courses in agricultural education including an agricultural literacy internship. These experiences help round-out a student’s education for those who are interested in working in a broad range of fields where a background in agricultural literacy would be beneficial.
Masters of Agriculture in Agricultural Education Teacher Development
Teacher Development has two different programs (Plan A & B) designed to serve, specifically, current and future teachers of agricultural education.
Plan A (thesis option) and B (professional paper option) students:
The Master of Agriculture in Agricultural Education Teacher Development requires a professional project, of which a publishable, written report and oral defense are required. The project must align with National Quality Program Standards for Agricultural Education and the Colorado Career and Technical Education Standards and Quality Indicators. Students should also create a project that aligns with the three-part Land Grant Mission:
- Teaching – Develop a project that has a direct impact on the effective teaching in agricultural education
- Research – Develop a project that is research-based and evaluates data which informs decisions in agricultural education.
- Service – Develop a project that will include an outreach or service component for the profession. The goal is to share the project through professional development seminars and publications.
The purpose of the degree option is to explore and develop projects which directly impact the effective educational practices, including relevance, hands on training, high levels of student cognition and student confidence. This is a directed and personal experience for the student, designed to meet the specific needs of each individual within the degree program. The faculty in this program capitalizes on the strength of the individual student and develop focused areas of inquiry to improve their effectiveness.
Kellie Enns – Agricultural Education
Mike Martin – Ag Literacy
Melanie Claderwood – Ag Education Advisor
2011 Final Agriculture Education Program