Major in Agricultural Education
Combining the best of both agriculture and teaching, the Agricultural Education major prepares students to educate the next generation of agricultural leaders and consumers. Highly sought after by employers, graduates can go on to teach high school and middle school agricultural science classes, as well as serve as FFA advisors, adult education instructors, community outreach coordinators, or university extension agents.
This degree requires students to complete the AFS core courses, a collection of courses specific to the agriculture education major, as well as a series of teaching and learning courses to meet initial teacher certification requirements. Students will also gain valuable hands on experience when they spend a semester student teaching in an agricultural education program in a Washington high school.
Employment and Career Possibilities within this major
- FFA Advisor
- Non-Profit Organization Employee
- Adult Education Instructor
- Community Outreach and Education Director
- Middle or High School Teacher
- Customer Service or Sales Executive
- Public Relations Executive
- High School Career & Technical Ed. Director
- Government Agency Employee
- 4-H Youth or Agricultural Extension Educator
- Peace Corps Volunteer
Examples of Required/Preferred Classes for Freshmen
- AS 101: Introductory Animal Science
- CropS/Hort 102: Cultivated Plants
- Chem 101: Introduction to Chemistry [P]
- Chem 102: Chemistry Related to Life Sciences [P]
- AFS 101: Introduction to Agricultural and Food Systems
- Ag TM 201: Metal Fabrication
Preparation/Prerequisite Courses for Transfer Students
- Chem 101 & 102
- Biol 106 & 107
- EconS 101
- Stat 212
Please see the WSU Transfer Equivalencies Menu to find equivalent courses at community colleges or other institutions. It is recommended that transfer students work with an advisor at WSU to ensure that the correct community college courses are taken to fulfill requirements.
- Stat 212: Introduction to Statistical Methods [N]
Student Organizations/Clubs Associated with this Major
- Agricultural Education Club
- Collegiate FFA
Information for New Students
This is a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural and Food Systems with a major in Agricultural Education. Agricultural Education students are required to be certified with both the Agricultural Education major and the College of Education. This major is advised by the Department of Crop & Soil Sciences. All students participate in student teaching prior to graduation.
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- The Washington Association of Agricultural Educators (WAAE) is working to promote agriculture education in Washington state.