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Agricultural Education

Agricultural Education degree information

What is Agricultural Education?

Agricultural educators have the opportunity to teach others the skills and competencies needed to be agriculturally literate while also developing leadership abilities in their students. Agricultural educators combine classroom and laboratory instruction, leadership development, and experiential learning to offer their students a well-rounded education that will prepare them for college and the workforce, as well as teach them how to be educated consumers. Through the implementation of school-based agricultural education, teachers have the potential to build human capacity at the local, state and national levels.

Agricultural education is the only degree program providing a clear
path to certification of school-based agricultural education teachers. However, an agricultural education degree prepares graduates for a variety of careers.


Why Study Agricultural Education?

Now, more than ever, people of all ages need to understand how agriculture and natural resources impact the quality and abundance of our food supply, personal health, the environment, our economy and national security.

Students complete 60 hours of early field experience as they prepare to become agricultural education teachers. In addition to youth development experiences, students practice teaching in agricultural education classrooms through a 15-week off-campus student teaching experience.

What Could I Do With a Degree in Agricultural Education?

  • Agricultural literacy coordinator
  • Agricultural professor
  • Agricultural sales
  • Curriculum developer
  • Extension educator
  • High school teacher/FFA advisor
  • Junior/community college judging coach
  • Natural resource education
  • Production agriculture
  • State and federal agencies

Degree Options

  • Agricultural Communication Double Major (BSAG)
  • Agricultural Business and Economics option (BSAG)
  • Animal Agriculture option (BSAG)
  • Horticulture Sciences option (BSAG)
  • Multidisciplinary option (BSAG)
  • Natural Resources option (BSAG)


Finish in 4
For each undergraduate degree program in CASNR, we have prepared example plans of how you may successfully complete your degree plan in four years.

Fast Fact
The agricultural education faculty have more than 30 years combined teaching experience in school-based agricultural education.

Agricultural education is a nationally recognized program of study designed to provide both a comprehensive study in agriculture and an Oklahoma license to teach agricultural education. This license also is recognized as meeting the requirements for initial employment as a teacher in most other states.

About the Department

Real-World Experience
Students in the department are required to complete an internship or student teaching experience prior to graduation. The opportunity to work at a business or organization in their field of study or to teach in a high school classroom as part of their undergraduate experience prepares students and develops them into well-rounded agricultural professionals.

Scholarship Dollars
The Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to undergraduate students in the department this year.

Contact the Department

Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership
448 Agricultural Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078

Want to schedule a campus visit or learn more about pursuing a major in agricultural education? Visit our Future Students page.