The agricultural education major offers two distinct options - Teaching or Agricultural Leadership. Both options emphasize interpersonal communication and leadership theory, a breadth of required agricultural science and natural resource course work, and field experiences to reinforce classroom learning.
Completion of the teaching option program provides professional endorsement and certification to teach agricultural education 7-12 in secondary educational institutions. It supports excellent mobility for employment with 135 positions statewide as well as over 10,000 nationally. Should teaching not be an immediate decision, the program provides outstanding preparation to enter extension education or the service sector of the agribusiness industry ultimately opening the door to post-secondary teaching.
The agricultural leadership option allows a student to pursue their passion in agriculture or natural resources by requiring a content minor, in addition to solid leadership instruction for the interpersonal dimension of the agribusiness industry. Comprehension for applying leadership theory to interpersonal situations provides the graduate excellent mobility within the dynamic industry of agribusiness. Graduates find employment in, but not limited to: extension education, human resources and training, non-profit organizations, state and federal government, sales and service positions, and production agriculture.
We were internationally recognized as a Land-Grant College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Our department's foundation is in teacher education providing experiential education which is prevalent throughout the coursework. There is a focus within the department on leadership development, and an emphasis on teaching competence, i.e. teach to the learner in the context the learner will use the information. Applied teaching with numerous field experiences beginning the first semester and continuing until graduation, and a breadth of technical agricultural coursework is included to provide exposure to the diversity of the industry. We have relevant internship and student teaching opportunities throughout the state, nation, and world, with specialized courses that provide students with opportunities to enhance human relations and leadership skills. Students in this major can interact with students in specialized organizations in this and related fields as well as a wide variety of other groups and co-curricular activities. The department is also the only source for endorsement preparation to teach secondary agricultural education in Nebraska.
The classroom includes the real world. Students utilize on and off campus facilities as their learning laboratories. Department is connected to the field's practitioners. Technology is utilized through Internet, Blackboard, and e-mail.