The Agricultural Education specialization prepares students for exciting and challenging careers in teaching and other related areas. Specifically, the program prepares students to be certified agriscience instructors and educational specialists.
Students who complete the program of study in this specialization are prepared to meet the Florida Department of Education’s requirements for agriculture teacher certification or for employment in the agricultural business and industry sector.
The Gulf Coast Research and Education Center also offers an Agricultural Education undergraduate program in Plant City, Florida.
In addition to equipping students with the skills needed to teach effectively, coursework also emphasizes expertise in technical agriculture. Agricultural Education students complete agriculture courses in:
- animal science
- crop and soil science
- agricultural mechanization
- food science
Students must meet department and college admissions requirements. To graduate, students must earn minimum grades of C in AEC 4200 Instructional Techniques in Ag Education, AEC 4202 Curriculum Development, AEC 4224 Special Methods in Classroom Management, AEC 4228 Lab Practices in Teaching Ag Education, AEC 4323 Development & Philosophy of Ag Education, and AEC 4504 Program Planning in Ag Education. Students must also take required course work in the College of Education as well as thirty hours of approved agricultural or life sciences content courses. An internship is also required for this specialization.
To view the Undergraduate Catalog regarding Agricultural Education, click here.
For several consecutive years 100% of Agricultural Education specialization graduates have been employed as teachers and in the private agricultural sector. Because of their preparation in educational strategies, planning, and communication, Agricultural Education program graduates are in high demand. If you are interested in working with young people in agriculture, this is the specialization for you!