Agricultural Education

AGED 275 Course Syllabus

AGED 275: Agricultural Education Early Field Experience (1cr.)


This course primarily involves observing, assisting, and teaching in a school based agricultural education program at the pK-12 level. A minimum of 40 hours of field experience time is required. Campus based seminars provide the opportunity to explore the responsibilities of agricultural education teachers, professional ethics and responsibilities, teacher licensing requirements, and current issues in career and technical education.

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Course objectives:


  1. Examine personal values and beliefs in relationship to education.
  2. Explore agricultural education as a career.
  3. Develop an awareness of the multiple roles and responsibilities of agricultural education teachers.
  4. Participate in classroom instruction by observing and assisting with specific teaching tasks.
  5. Establish an experiential base upon which to examine the relationship between educational theory and practice.
  6. Develop an awareness of the wide variety of students in classrooms.
  7. Develop an awareness of the contexts and audiences for agricultural education programming.
  8. Develop analytical skills in educational settings.


Instructor Information:

Instructor: Tim Buttles                   Office:  135 Ag Sci & 104A North Hall

Phone: 715-425-4085                    Email:

Office Hours:   TBA – Will be posted in D2L and on my office door at the start of the semester

Required Materials:

There is no text book for this course. Assignments and resource material will be made available using D2L and the course Web page. An iClicker should be checked out from textbook services.

Course Schedule:

Class will meet from 5 to 6:45 p.m. on the four dates listed. Please check eSIS on the day of the first class to find out which room class will meet in.

Date  Topics
Feb 1 Course Requirements, Teacher Professionalism & Current Issues in Career and Technical Education
March 1 Career Options in Ag Education & Teacher Responsibilities and Certification Requirements (ex. testing, occupational experience hours, portfolio)
March 22 Role of FFA CDEs in Ag Education Programs
April 12 Observation Highlights & Course Conclusion.



D2L Discussion Activities

You will be asked to complete D2L discussion activities during the weeks between seminars. Details will be posted in D2L.

Activity Log

You need to complete a log entry for each visit to a school. The format and evaluation criteria can be found on the course web page.

Community, School and Program Analysis

You will collect information about the main agricultural education program that you visit along with the community and school context.

Reflective Paper

Your last assignment is to write a paper reflecting on what you have learned during your field experience and class sessions.


Field Experience:

You need to spend a minimum of 40 hours working with school age children (grades pK-12)

  • At least 35 hours must be spent with middle and/or high school agricultural education students.
    • at least 5 of these hours must be spent working with FFA activities
  • At least 5 of the hours must be spent with elementary age students.

The school visited must be approved prior to your first visit. At the end of the experience the teacher(s) will need to complete an electronic verification and evaluation form that you submit through Chalk & Wire.


Attendance at all class sessions and the Ag Technology Contest is expected. While no points will be lost for missing class, missing multiple class sessions will result in a Student Notification of Performance Concerns form being completed. These forms become part of your file and may impact your admission to professional standing and/or admission to student teaching. Students who miss class for university-sanctioned events or previously approved activities must inform the instructor prior to the absence. It is the student's responsibility to make arrangements with the instructor and other class members to get caught up.


Your course grade will be based on four items. Detailed instructions and evaluation criteria are available on the course website and in D2L.

  • Field Experience Activity Log
  • Reflective Paper
  • D2L Discussion Activities and Summary
  • Community, School and Program Analysis

All items will be graded using a four-point scale with all items counting equally toward the final grade.

The 40 hours of field experience, including at least 5 hours working with elementary students and at least 5 hours with FFA activities must be completed before a final grade will be received. The verification and evaluation form must be completed by the cooperating teacher(s) in Chalk & Wire to confirm that these hours have been completed. A grade of Satisfactory Progress (SP) will be given to students who have started the field experience process but have not completed it by the last day of the semester.

A 4 point grading scale will be used in this course:







3.7 – 4.0


2.4 – 2.6


1.4 – 1.6


3.4 – 3.6


2.1 – 2.3


1.1 – 1.3


3.1 – 3.3


1.7 – 2.0


0.7 – 1.0


2.7 – 3.0



Late work will not receive a grade penalty if it is submitted by the last day of the semester. 

Contact Us

Agricultural Education
Ph: 715-425-3555
Fax: 715-425-3785
Location: 131 Agricultural Science Building
Mailing Address: 410 S. 3rd St., River Falls, WI 54022
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