The Agricultural Education major at UW-River Falls prepares graduates to teach agriculture, food and natural resource related classes in the K-12 public school setting. The program combines technical agriculture, professional education and agricultural education courses. The knowledge and skills developed through this major are also in demand by a wide range of agriculture related employers.
Highlights of the Agricultural Education Major
- While the program is designed to meet the requirements for an agricultural education teaching license in Wisconsin, the curriculum is also closely aligned to the requirements for a Minnesota teaching license.
- Students interested in extension education careers such as 4-H youth development will also find opportunities to work with area extension staff and volunteers.
- Agricultural education majors spend time in area middle and high school classrooms observing teachers and building their teaching skills prior to a semester-long student teaching experience at the end of the program.
- Agricultural education majors have many opportunities to get involved outside the classroom through two departmental student organizations: the Agricultural Education Society and Alpha Tau Alpha, which is an honorary society for agricultural education professionals.
- Build a professional network and develop skills through service projects, judging FFA competitions, presenting workshops and competing in collegiate contests.
- A master's program in agricultural education is also available that offers additional opportunities for its graduates.
Skills and Learning Outcomes
As a student in this program, you will learn to:
- Develop educational programs based on state and national curriculum standards.
- Advise youth organizations including 4-H and FFA.
- Utilize instructional technology to support learning.
- Work with learners with a range of backgrounds, abilities and interests.
- Implement experiential, service and work-based learning programs.
- Create assessment tools that support learner development and program improvement.
As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared for a career in the agricultural education field. Below is a list of potential job titles and employers that graduates have found employment or internship opportunities with.