Objectives

Graduates of the Agricultural Education Program learn professional component objectives,  scientific agriculture and related content, and general education.


Professional Component Objectives

Instructional Technologies: Students are to acquire knowledge enabling them to describe, utilize, analyze, design, and recommend desirable methods, techniques, and strategies for instructing and managing youth and adult learners within the environments where instruction occurs: classrooms, laboratories, supervised occupational programs, youth organizations, civic and community groups, schools, and related agencies.

Scientific Agriculture: Students are to integrate scientific principles and technology of agricultural and natural resources industries into instructional efforts that are consistent with those of the contemporary and emerging practices of professional educators and industry technology in the classroom, SOEP, and agricultural industry.

Communicative Skills: Students are to practice the ability to effectively and correctly communicate with members of the educational and agricultural communities using spoken, written, and pictorial mediums.

Cultural Awareness: Students are to acquire the ability to discern differences between various cultures of the educational community and to accommodate such differences within professional standards and limitations.

Professional Employment: Students are to identify professional interests and aptitudes, to begin professional relationships and to take those steps necessary to identify and secure initial employment.


Scientific Agriculture and Related Content

Practical Experience: Students are to acquire and/or demonstrate skills to perform a core of applied occupational skills reflective of those used by persons employed in agricultural and/or natural resources.

Core Competencies: Students are to acquire core-competencies necessary for maximum career flexibility in the following core areas of the agricultural industry: plant and animal sciences and related materials and equipment; wholesale and retail business procedures and related materials and equipment; manufacturing, processing, and distribution technologies.

Applied Sciences: Students are to acquire broadly ranging competencies in biological, physical, and applied sciences that are appropriate to the conversation and utilization of agricultural and natural resources through which production, marketing, harvesting, processing, storage, and distribution takes place in a progressive society.

Related Disciplines: Students are to develop comprehensive perceptions of the pervasive and interactive nature of the agricultural industry and the natural and fabricated resources through which production, marketing, harvesting, processing, storage, and distribution takes place in a progressive society.

Specialization: Students are to develop advanced competencies by planning and completing a program of specialization through the minors program within the College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences.


General Education

Socialization: Students are to become integrated with the university community through formal course work in other departments and colleges and through participation in campus activities and events of historical, political, artistic, recreational, and entertainment value.