Montana State University

Agricultural Education

Division of Agricultural Education

http://ageducation.montana.edu/

Agricultural Education majors may choose from two options: Teaching or Relations. Agricultural education graduates are employed by high schools, area vocational schools, community colleges, public agriculture sector, Extension Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, and other federal and state and government agencies.

The agricultural education curriculum is designed to provide professional preparation for extension agents, middle school and secondary agricultural education teachers and persons in agriculture service areas where content knowledge, pedagogical and andragogical skills, and presentation experience are desirable attributes. Our graduates are prepared for a wide variety of jobs because they have a broad base of knowledge combined with excellent people skills.

Students in agricultural education gain leadership experience through the Collegiate 4-H, Collegiate FFA, and other College of Agriculture student organizations.

Teaching Option

The teaching option permits a student to choose a balanced program among agricultural economics, agricultural mechanics, animal & range sciences, and plant & soil sciences, while also gaining teaching and presentation skills. Students preparing to teach spend 10-12 weeks in an approved high school agriculture department as student teachers. Graduates are eligible to receive a Montana Class Two (standard) teaching license which permits them to teach in middle and high schools. This licensure is recognized in most other states throughout the U.S.

Students may pursue a teaching minor in a variety of disciplines that provides them with additional employment opportunities.

Relations Option

The relations option is designed specifically to prepare students for entry-level employment in the Extension Service, other federal or state agencies or the public agriculture sector. This option provides broad-based education that emphasizes six subject matter areas: animal science, plant science, agricultural economics, education, communications and agricultural technology. An approved internship in a local Extension office or an approved internship program with an agricultural agency is required.


Curricula in Agricultural Education


AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION TEACHING OPTION

Freshman Year F S
WRIT 101W--College Writing I 3
CHMY 121IN--Intro to General Chemistry 4
AGED 140US--Leadership Development for Agr 3
M 145Q--Math for Liberal Arts 3
NRSM 101--Natural Resource Conservation 3
NRSM 102--Montana Range Plants Lab 1
BIOB 110CS---Introduction to Plant Biology 3
BIOB 160--Principles of Living Systems 4
HDCF 150IS--Lifespan Human Devlpmnt 3
EDU 202--Early Field Experience 1
ANSC 100--Intro Animal Science 3
AGED 105--Microcomputers in Agriculture 3
Total 17 17
Sophomore Year F S
ECNS 101IS--Econ Way of Think 3
EDU 223--Ed Psy & Adolescent Dev 3
ANSC 265--Funct Anatomy Dom Animal 3
ANSC 266--Funct Anatomy Dom Animal Lab 1
TE 207--Materials and Processes 4
ENSC 245IN--Soils 3
WRIT 221--Intermediate Tech Writing 3
EDU 211D--Multicultural Education 3
EDU 382--Assesment, Curric, Instruction 3
ETME 311--Welding Processes 3
ANSC 262--Range Livestock Production 3
AGED 253--Ag Ed in Pub Schools 3
Total 17 17
Junior Year F S
Take one of the following:
    BIOB 318--Biometry 3
    STAT 216Q--Introduction to Statistics 3
AGED 312R--Communicating Ag 3
ANSC 320--Animal Nutrition 4
AGTE 355--Power Syst Oper Contrl 3
HDCF 356--Exceptional Needs 3
AGBE 210IS--Economics of Ag Business 3
AGED 301--Rural Electrification 3
AGED 494--Seminar 1
HORT 245--Plant Propagation 3
University Core 3 3
Total 16 16
Senior Year F S
EDU 497--Methods: Ag and Tech Ed 3
TE 406--Curr & Facilities Plan 3
AGED 333--Construction Technology 3
AGED 397--Ed Methods in Agr Seminar 3
EDU 408--Professional Issues: 5-12 2
EDU 495--Student Teaching: 5-12 10-12
Upper Division Ag Elective 4
Total 16 12-14

A minimum of 128 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.


AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION RELATIONS OPTION

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Freshman Year F S
WRIT 101W--College Writing I 3
ECNS 101IS--Econ Way of Think 3
AGED 140US--Leadership Development for Agr   3
M 145Q--Math for Liberal Arts   3
NRSM 101--Natural Resource Conservation 3
NRSM 102--Montana Range Plants Lab 1
CHMY 121IN--Intro to General Chemistry  
AGSC 101--Intro to Ag & Enviro Sci 1
ASCE 100--Intro to Animal Science 3
AGED 105--Microcomputers in Agri 3
BIOB 160--Principles of Living Systems 4
Total 15 16
Sophomore Year F S
HDCF 150IS--Lifespan Human Devlpmnt 3
WRIT 221--College Writing II 3
EDU 223--Ed Psy & Adolescent Dev 3
ENSC 245IN--Soils 3
ECNS 204IS--Intro Micro Theory 3
AGBE 210IS--Economics of Ag Business 3
BIOO 220--General Botany 4
Ag Relations Curriculum Electives 3  
University Core 3 3
Total 15 17
Junior Year F S
ANSC 265--Funct Anatomy Dom Animal 3
ANSC 266--Funct Anatomy Lab 1
AGED 312R--Communicating Ag 3
BIOO 262IN--Introduction to Entomology 3
Take one of the following:
    BIOB 318--Biometry 3
    STAT 216Q--Introduction to Statistics 3
    AGED 301--Rural Electrification 3
    HDCF 356--Exceptional Needs 3
*Ag Relations Curriculum Electives 4 7
University Core   3
Total 14 16
Senior Year F S
AGED 482--Non Form Tchng Mthd Ag 3
AGBE 321--Econ of Ag Mktg 3
AGED 462--International Extension Systems 3
AGED 312--Communicating Agriculture 3
AGED 498--Internship 4
AGED 309--Phil & Prog in Extension   3
AGED 494--Seminar   2
*Ag Relations Curriculum Electives 9 4
Total 19 15
*A minimum of 24 Ag Relations Curriculum Electives must be taken with advisor approval, 12 of which must come from the College of Agriculture.

A minimum of 128 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.


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