Undergraduate Programs

I chose Mizzou Ag Ed because of the learning leadership

Looking for a career where you can combine your interests in agriculture and working with people? A career where you can help shape the next generation's understanding of agriculture and its role in society? A career where you can use your communication and human relations skills to obtain leadership roles in many agricultural industries?

Then consider agricultural education and leadership.

You can individualize your degree program by choosing between two options: teaching or leadership and communication.

Teacher Certification Emphasis

The Teacher Certification Emphasis prepares students to meet state teacher certification requirements and teach agriculture in public schools at the secondary and adult levels.

In addition to courses in agricultural education, the teaching option curriculum includes courses in general education, technical agriculture (agricultural economics, agricultural business and management, animal science, plant and soil science, agricultural systems management, horticulture, natural resources and forestry) and professional teacher certification courses offered through the College of Education.

The capstone experience involves a 16-week student teaching internship.

Leadership Emphasis

The Leadership Emphasis focuses on the development of leadership and communication skills in agriculture, food and natural resources.

Students are encouraged to develop a diverse background in agriculture with an emphasis on communication, leadership and human relations skills.

Students have the opportunity to specialize in an area of interest by completing coursework in one or more agriculture, food or natural resource disciplines.

In addition to agricultural education and leadership course requirements, students complete course work in agricultural economics, agricultural sales and marketing, plant science, agricultural systems management, natural resources and food science.

The capstone experience involves a supervised educational internship with an agricultural business, public or private agency or commodity organization.

Minor in Agricultural Education

Two minors are available in Agricultural Education:


Through teaching, research, and outreach the Department strives to develop professionals, change agents, and scholars in teaching, learning, and leadership in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources contexts through teaching, research and scholarship, and outreach activities.

Assessment of Student Learning

Learning Objectives for the Teacher Certification Emphasis

Graduates will know:

  • Basic content in animal sciences, horticulture, agronomic crops, agricultural mechanics, and agricultural business and economics necessary for passing state certification assessment (Praxis) and effective teaching;
  • The theories and models of how students (youth) learn and develop;
  • Strategies and best practices for planning and delivering instruction and for assessing learning in formal and informal settings;
  • Basic theories and principles of leadership development, individual and group motivation, program planning, and the structures and development of youth organizations;
  • About different cultures and communities and how that diversity affects student learning and informs instruction;
  • Theories of different learning styles and the principles of experiential learning;
  • The Missouri State Education Standards (Show Me, MOSTEP) and how school districts use them to develop curricula.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Write instructional plans, deliver teaching in agricultural subject areas, and develop student-learning assessments.
  • Apply a variety of instructional strategies and technologies to address different learning styles and the needs of diverse learners to develop students’ critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills;
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences and for a variety of purposes;
  • Apply techniques of reflection to assess the effectiveness of their actions in the classroom, other education venues, and in the workplace;
  • Manage an FFA chapter as the adult advisor, coach FFA contest teams, and supervise agricultural learning projects;
  • Apply current educational technologies effectively;
  • Build relationships with school colleagues, parents, and educational partners in the larger community, e.g., parent-teacher conferences, faculty meetings, public forums;
  • Make effective plans and develop curriculum.

Learning Objectives for the Leadership Emphasis

Graduates will know:

  • The fundamental history, theories, and models of leadership;
  • Basic content in animal sciences, plant sciences, natural resources, and agricultural business and economics;
  • Applied psychology principles and theories of how humans communicate and interact in the workplace and other organizations;
  • About different cultures and communities and how diversity is important in the workplace.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Apply leadership concepts and principles to lead workplace teams, establish agreed-upon goals, and make plans to accomplish them in the workplace;
  • Assess the effectiveness of plans and strategies;
  • Communicate effectively orally, in writing, and by applying listening skills to diverse audiences and in diverse settings;
  • Analyze workplace problems and design solutions to them; 
  • Build effective professional relationships in the workplace and with constituents and customers.
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