About Agricultural Education and Leadership

Preparing Outstanding Educators and Leaders

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The mission of the agricultural education program is to prepare outstanding agriculture, food and natural resource educators for leadership positions in the public and private sectors. Students, faculty and staff each contribute in significant ways to fulfilling the mission.

Students in agricultural education must take personal responsibility for their education. Student involvement and participation in courses and extracurricular activities are essential to learning and future career success. Therefore, students are encouraged to pursue many and varied formal and informal educational experiences that add depth and breadth to their skills and abilities.

Facilitating Learning

Faculty members serve the needs of students by planning and conducting educational experiences that promote learning.

Facilitating learning is the primary role of agricultural education faculty. This role may be fulfilled in organized classroom/laboratory environments, through advisement (students and student organizations), and through informal interactions.

In addition to teaching and learning activities, faculty develop and maintain a focused program of research and scholarship.

Faculty research enhances teaching performance and is communicated to others through various avenues of professional exchange.

Staff in agricultural education provide valuable services that contribute to student and faculty success. Staff serve as catalysts in fulfilling necessary roles and functions that influence program operation.

Expanding the Boundaries

The agricultural education program at the University of Missouri is student-centered. The primary desired outcome is to prepare communicators, leaders and educators for successful careers in agriculture, food and natural resources. This goal can only be achieved through the individual and cooperative efforts of students, faculty and staff.

The agricultural education program is structured around the needs of students and their career goals. Formal and informal learning experiences are designed to enable students to progress from what is known to what is not known, constantly expanding the boundaries of their knowledge and understanding.

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