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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.

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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 a 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.

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.


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.

Student Advisement

Students are assigned to the faculty member in Ag Ed 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.

Selective Admission

All new students must first submit an NDSU application for admission, along with transcripts and ACT or SAT scores. Students should indicate the agricultural education major on their application.

During or immediately following the introductory professional education course, students apply for formal admission to the School of Education. The application must be approved before students may enroll in any 400-level professional education courses. Students must be admitted to the School of Education at least one semester prior to the student teaching semester.

All education majors must complete a professional education program and then apply for certification/licensure from the state in which they wish to teach. In order to be recommended for certification/licensure by NDSU, students must complete an NDSU education-based degree, have an overall grade point average of 2.75 and satisfactorily complete an exit portfolio.

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/ Post-Secondary Agriculture Students 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. The Post-Secondary Agriculture Students Chapter provides an opportunity to compete in various competitions at state and national levels.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Students seeking financial aid should contact Student Financial Services or Bison Connection. 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-$1000.

Sample Curriculum

Students may choose an agricultural education major with or without a biological sciences minor. Students enrolling in the agricultural education program will be expected to complete course work in the following areas.

General Education RequirementsCredits
First Year Experience
  AGRI 189 - Skills for Academic Success1
  COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
  ENGL 110, 120 - College Composition I, II 3, 3
  ENGL 358 - Writing in the Humanities and Social Science3
Quantitative Reasoning3
Science & Technology
  BIOL 315 - Genetics3
  CHEM 117, 117L - Chemical Concepts and Applications
    and Lab or CHEM 121, 121L - General Chemistry
       and Lab

3, 1
  PLSC 110 - World Food Crops3
  PLSC 315 - Genetics3
Humanities & Fine Arts6
Social and Behavioral Sciences
   ECON 201 - Principles of Microeconomics3
   ECON 202 - Principles of Macroeconomics3
Cultural Diversity-
Global Perspective
  ECON 201 - Principles of Microeconomics3
College/Department Requirements Credits
BIOL 150, 150L - General Biology I and Lab 3, 1
BIOL 315L - Genetics Lab 1
Total 5
Major Requirements Credits
AGEC 242 - Introduction to Agricultural Management 4
ANSC 114 - Introduction to Animal Sciences 3
ANSC 223 - Introduction to Animal Nutrition 2
ASM 125 - Fabrication and Construction Technology 3
IME 335 - Welding Technology 2
PLSC 210 - Horticulture Science 3
PLSC 211 - Horticulture Science Lab 1
SOIL 210 - Introduction to Soil Science 3
Engineering Electives 6
Electives 18
Total 46
Professional Education Requirements Credits
EDUC 321 - Introduction to Teaching 3
EDUC 322 - Educational Psychology 3
EDUC 451 - Instructional Planning, Methods and Assessment 3
EDUC 486 - Classroom Management for Diverse Learners 3
EDUC 489 - Native American and Multicultural
    Instructional Practices 

H&CE 232 - Philosophy and Policy 3
H&CE 444 - Planning the Community Program in   
   Agricultural Education

H&CE 480 - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
     Teaching Methods in Agricultural Education

H&CE 481 - Methods of Teaching Agriculture 3
H&CE 483 - Student Teaching Seminar 1
H&CE 487 - Student Teaching 9
H&CE 488 - Applied Student Teaching
Curriculum Total 131

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.

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Contact Information

Adam Marx, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Agricultural
School of Education
Teacher Education
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