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Agricultural Education

The agricultural education major prepares students to teach at the secondary, post-secondary and adult levels in agricultural education programs. North Dakota State University is designated by the State Board of Career and Technical Education as the recognized institution for preparing teachers of agricultural education. 

Agricultural education students begin their preparatory work in the pre-agricultural education program offered through the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources. After completing their introductory education course (usually during the sophomore year), students may apply to the School of Education to pursue agricultural education. 

Agricultural Education PDF

See below for basic program information and sample curriculum. For more information, visit the department website: Agricultural Education

The Program

The agricultural education major is designed to combine general studies, preparation for effective teaching, and a broad background in the various disciplines in agriculture. Those preparing to become teachers of agriculture are expected to possess a broad general education necessary for them to function as citizens and educators in our dynamic society. Courses in natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, English, communication and speech will help provide general education and the skills needed for more advanced courses in agriculture and other areas. Courses in agricultural economics, agricultural systems management, animal and range science, plant sciences, horticulture and soil science provide the necessary background in agriculture. Electives also are available in entomology, veterinary science, plant pathology and cereal science. Skills in organizing, planning, communicating and teaching are developed by taking courses in psychology, sociology, education and a series of other courses in various aspects of agricultural education. 

Professional Education Courses

Students may enroll in the 300-level professional education courses before being formally admitted to the School of Education (SOE). Prior to enrolling in the 400-level courses, students must complete the application for admission to the SOE; attain a minimum of a 2.75 grade point average overall in their course work, education courses, and teaching specialty courses; and pass the Core Academic Skills for Educators exam(s). Requirements for admission to the SOE are available at 

Student Teaching

Student teaching is a highlight of the teaching program. Students will have an opportunity to apply skills acquired in college courses and to learn with the direction and assistance of a successful teacher of agricultural education. 

Occupational Experience

An appropriate background of work experience in agriculture is essential for those planning to teach agriculture. Students lacking this experience will need to seek such experience through internships, employment and other means. Cooperative Education experiences are available. A background in high school agriculture and FFA is also helpful, although not required. 

Student Advisement

Students are assigned to the faculty member in agricultural education who will work closely in program planning and in other ways to advise and assist them. Students are encouraged to seek their advisors' help whenever needed.


Upon completing this program, students are eligible for certification to teach agricultural education in most states. The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Career Opportunities

For several years, there have been favorable employment opportunities for those prepared to teach agricultural education. Starting salary depends on employer, location and contract length. Most agricultural education teachers in North Dakota are on extended contracts and receive stipends for serving as an FFA advisor. Typical starting salaries have been in the $35,000 to $40,000 range. Other graduates seek employment in Cooperative Extension, farming, agricultural finance, agribusiness, and government agencies in agriculture, or continue their studies at the graduate level.

Collegiate FFA Chapter

The primary purpose of the Collegiate FFA Chapter is to prepare graduates in agricultural education to serve as advisors of secondary FFA chapters. Students majoring in agricultural education are encouraged to participate actively in the activities of the NDSU Collegiate FFA Chapter.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Students seeking financial aid should contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships or One Stop. To inquire about scholarship opportunities, contact the Office of Admission. The College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources; the College of Human Development and Education, and the North Dakota FFA Foundation offer scholarships ranging from $500-$1,000.

Agricultural Education Plan of Study

Please note this is a sample plan of study; actual student schedules will vary depending on start year, individual goals, applicable transfer credit, and course availability. Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisor on a regular basis to review degree progress and customize their own plan of study.

First Year
FallCredits SpringCredits 
AGRI 189 Skills for Academic SuccessANSC 223 Intro to Animal Nutrition 
ANSC 114 Intro to Animal SciencesASM 125 Fabrication & Construction Technology 
ENGL 110 College Composition ICHEM 117 or 121 Chemical Concepts/Appl or Gen Chemistry I 
HNES 100 or 111 Concepts of Fitness/Wellness or WellnessCHEM 117L or 121L Chem Concepts/Appl Lab or Gen Chem I Lab 
MATH 104 Finite MathematicsECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics 
PLSC 110 World Food CropsENGL 120 College Composition II 
Second Year
FallCredits Spring Credits 
AGEC 242 Introduction to Agricultural ManagementANSC Elective 
BIOL 150 General Biology IBIOL 315 Genetics 
BIOL 150L General Biology I LaboratoryBIOL 315L Genetics Laboratory 
ECON 202 Principles of MacroeconomicsEDUC 322 Educational Psychology 
EDUC 321 Introduction to TeachingCOMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 
H&CE 232 Philosophy and PolicyGen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts 
Complete Core Academic Skills Exam PLSC Elective3
Apply to the School of Education
Third Year
FallCredits Spring Credits 
AGEC ElectiveASM 264 Natural Resource Management Systems 
ASM 115 Fundamentals of Agricultural Systems ManagementEDUC 489 Teaching Students of Diverse Backgrounds 
EDUC 451 Instructional Planning, Methods and AssessmentENGL 358 Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences 
H&CE 444 Planning the Community Program in Agricultural EducationH&CE 480 Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Teaching Methods in Agricultural Education 
Gen Ed Humanities & Fine ArtsIME 335 Welding Technology 
PLSC 210 Horticulture ScienceSOIL 210 Introduction to Soil Science 
PLSC 211 Horticulture Science Lab
Fourth Year
FallCredits Spring Credits 
AGEC 342 Farm and Agribusiness Management IIH&CE 483 Student Teaching Seminar 
AGRI ElectiveH&CE 487 Student Teaching 
ANSC ElectiveH&CE 488 Applied Student Teaching 
EDUC 486 Classroom Management for Diverse Learners
H&CE 481 Methods of Teaching Agriculture
Apply for Student Teaching
Complete PLT (grades 7-12)Exam
Complete Subject Area Assessment Exam
15 13
Total Credits: 131 

View NDSU equivalencies of transfer courses at:

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