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Communications and Agricultural Education

Communications and Agricultural Education

Kansas State University
1612 Claflin Road
301 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-3402

785-532-5804
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Welcome to K-State Agricultural Education!

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Agricultural education is a major with excellent employment potential and that offers a broad view of agriculture. Students learn about agricultural science, animal science, horticulture, agribusiness, agricultural technology management, leadership, crops, soils, and education. This combination of courses, along with professional education and an emphasis on communication skills, prepares graduates for challenging careers in agriculture.

 

Possible careers

Agricultural education teacher, extension agent, agriculture finance representative, crop consultant, educational supervisor, human resource specialist, international agriculture consultant, production agriculture manager, program coordinator, sales/service representative.

Potential Employers

High schools, community colleges, animal health companies, soil conservation service, agricultural finance, government agencies, cooperative extension.

Placement

The department boasts a near 100 percent placement record for graduates. Agricultural education graduates who want to teach agriculture have many opportunities in Kansas and throughout the nation. Graduates can teach in middle and high school agriculture programs. With further education, they can work in community and four-year colleges. The degree provides many opportunities for graduates to work in rural communities in Kansas and in larger cities. Graduates receive competitive salaries and quickly become community leaders.

Academics

Agricultural education students are enrolled in the College of Agriculture and advised by agricultural education faculty. The required courses provide students a well-balanced introduction to all areas of agriculture. Students may select an additional 12 hours of elective credits in three disciplines within the College of Agriculture. This allows students to broaden their knowledge and interests. Students are involved in field experiences related to teaching agricultural education in the schools. The program culminates with an internship teaching agricultural courses and advising students in an FFA chapter.

Degree Options

The agricultural education curriculum develops a diverse agricultural background. While majoring in agricultural education, many students easily achieve a minor within a department in the College of Agriculture such as animal science and industry or agronomy.

Transfer Credit

Students who want to take transfer courses are encouraged to contact a K-State agricultural education advisor who can help them choose courses that meet teacher licensure requirements. On average, half of agricultural education students have transferred from a community college.

Student Activities

Agricultural education students are active in College of Agriculture and university student organizations. The Agricultural Education Club is a great way to develop friendships, gain leadership skills, and learn more about agricultural education. The Agricultural Education Club supports the FFA and agricultural education in Kansas.
Students in the Agricultural Education Club plan and host many activities including the K-State Agricultural Education Club Speech Contest, Ag Fest activities, and a scavenger hunt for the College of Agriculture Open House. Other activities include the National FFA Convention, professional development seminars, picnics,
an annual banquet, and monthly meetings.

Leadership Training

The agricultural education major attracts and develops strong leaders. Agricultural education students have served as state, district or local FFA officers. Students arrive with strong 4-H backgrounds and leadership experience from other student organizations.

Advising

Students will be assigned an agricultural education advisor who will not only guide academics and assist with career planning, but provide information to help with student employment and other personal concerns.