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Agricultural education is a major in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Colorado State University focuses on two delivery concentrations in agricultural education: teacher development for school-based agricultural education and agricultural literacy. The program also offers a minor in agricultural literacy. The Agricultural Education Program has learning outcomes which are:

The successful student will demonstrate:
• Competent knowledge of agricultural subject matter
• Ability to create instruction opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners in agricultural education
• Employment of innovative instructional methodologies and assessment techniques to promote learning in agriculture
• Effective program management and program evaluation techniques

Agricultural Education Major(s):

Agricultural Education is an interdepartmental major that prepares students for educating youth and adults in the agricultural industry. Students refine their communication skills and personal qualities necessary to serve as educational leaders and managers. There are two program concentrations for agricultural education students at Colorado State University: Teacher Development and Agricultural Literacy.

Undergraduate and Graduate Agricultural Education Major Concentration Areas:

Teacher Development

Undergraduate Degree: Teacher education students are prepared to lead programs and to educate students in SBAE programs in Colorado. Students who graduate with a degree in agricultural education with an emphasis in teacher education in Colorado meet all requirements for an institutional recommendation for 7-12th grade licensure in Agriculture and Renewable Natural Resources and the Career and Technical Education Endorsement/Credential as granted through the Colorado Department of Education. Students receive a broad technical agriculture instruction in animal systems, plant systems, agribusiness systems, food products and processing systems, power, structure and technology and natural resource systems. Students will also complete 37 credits in education specific coursework. The core courses include AGED 220, AGED 420, EDCT 425, EDCT 485 (student teaching) and AGED 492.

Agricultural Literacy

Undergraduate degree – Agriculture literacy students are prepared to develop and implement effective programming to a variety of audiences related to education about agriculture and natural resources. Students receive a broad technical agriculture \instruction in animal systems, plant systems, agribusiness systems, food products and processing systems, and natural resource systems. Students will also receive a broad training in education and program development. The core courses include AGED 220, AGED 330, AGED 430, and AGED 487.

Undergraduate Agricultural Literacy Minor – Designed to be combined with a major in the College of Agricultural Sciences, the minor in Agricultural Literacy will enhance a students’ ability to provide educational training within an industry context. The minor in agricultural literacy will be 21-24 credits (depending on agriculture technical training of students) and include the core courses in agricultural literacy.



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