Earn a degree that leads to a variety of promising and fulfilling careers within agriculture: you’ll do that here.

Individuals with a degree in agricultural education are well qualified and in high demand throughout the agricultural sector. Career opportunities that are consistently available to graduates exist in a multitude of areas including secondary (high school) education, corporate training, management, sales, public relations, governmental representatives, non-profit representatives to list a few. Nearly 50% of agricultural education graduates enter a career outside of secondary education within the field of agriculture. Gain a unique skill set in agriculture and education to position yourself to take advantage of the shortage of certified agricultural educators throughout the country and the shortage of qualified agriculturalists required by the private and public sectors. You will enter a field of endeavor that builds and maintains a quality lifestyle among a network of agricultural educators who share your passion!

What You’ll Do

  • Become a leader in the worldwide agricultural industry.
  • Experience agriculture in the classroom and beyond.
  • Grow the next generation of agricultural leaders.
  • Be welcomed into a family of passionate agriculturalists.
  • Be rewarded for work that has meaning for the world.

Outcomes & Careers

  • 96%

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Department of Agriculture report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.

  • $59k  

    Career and Technical Education Teacher

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a career and technical education teacher is $59,140.

  • $55k  

    Farm and Home Management Educator 

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for a farm and home management educator is $54,870.

What You'll Study

As an Agricultural Education major, you will earn an education that creates opportunities in a multitude of areas including secondary (High School) education, corporate training, management, sales, public relations, and governmental representatives. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in both the area of content expertise and pedagogy courses. In addition, students must pass the MO Content Exam and the MO Educator Evaluation System for recommendation for licensure. Students must also complete the minimum of 120 credit hours, completion of the General Education program, and completion of 39 senior division hours (300-599) as required for all students.

Professional Education Courses – 47 Hours Required

A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in education courses, with the exception of ED280
which requires a grade of ‘B’ or better.

  • ED280 Introduction to Education as a Profession (3)
  • EF400 Student Teaching Seminar (1)
  • EX390 Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child (3)
  • PY222 Development of the Adolescent (3)
  • SE307 Content Literacy Methods for Middle and High School (3)
  • SE317 Techniques of Teaching Agriculture (3)
  • SE350 Pedagogy 1: Principles of Effective Teaching (3)
  • SE355 Field Experience II (3)
  • SE365 Pedagogy 2: Interdisciplinary Methods for Middle School (4)
  • SE380 Advanced Field Experience (3)
  • SE385 Pedagogy 3: Advanced Methods of Middle and Secondary Teaching (3)
  • SE390 Instructional Interventions for Middle and Secondary Students with Special
    Literacy Needs (3)
  • SE465 Student Teaching (12)

Agricultural Education - 53-54 Hour Major - No Minor Required

Required Courses:
  • AG201 World Food & Society (3)
  • AG245 Agricultural Economics (3)
  • AG250 Agribusiness Management (3)
  • AG302 Agricultural Education Planning (3)
  • AG303 Agricultural Mechanization (3)
  • AG334 Agribusiness Finance (3)
  • AG355 Agricultural Seminar (2)
  • AG447 Marketing Agricultural Products (3)
  • AO120 Plant Science (3)
  • AO125 Plant Science Lab (1)
  • AO215 Soils (3)
  • AY101 Animal Science (3)
  • AY105 Animal Science Experiences (1)
  • HO110 Introduction to Horticulture (3)
  • UI344 Plants & Humanity (3)
  • UI436 Agricultural Ethics (3)
Choose 4-5 hours:
  • CH 181 Basic Principles of Chemistry (5)
  • CH 184 General Chemistry I Lab (1)
  • CH 185 General Chemistry I (3)

Additional requirements:

  • MA 116 Precalculus A (3)
  • MI 101 Introduction to Computer Applications (3)

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year    

Fall Semester (14 Hours)     

  • UI100 (1) 
  • EN100 (3) 
  • AY101 (3) 
  • AY105 (1)
  • MA116 (3)
  • MI101 (3)

Spring Semester (16 Hours)     

  • AO120 (3)
  • A0125 (1) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: Maintain 2.75 cumulative GPA

Sophomore Year    

Fall Semester (16-17 Hours)  

  • AG201 (3) 
  • CH181/184/185 (4-5) 
  • HO110 (3) 
  • PY222 (3)
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (18 Hours)    

  • AG245 (3) 
  • AO215 (3) 
  • ED280 (3)
  • UI344 (3) 
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: Maintain 2.75 cumulative GPA, Passing score MoGEA, Complete MEP

Junior Year    

Fall Semester (17 Hours)    

  • AG250 (3) 
  • AG302 (3) 
  • AG334 (3) 
  • AG355 (2)
  • EX390 (3)
  • SE350 (3)

Spring Semester (16 Hours)     

  • AG303 (3) 
  • SE307 (3) 
  • SE355 (3) 
  • SE365 (4) 
  • UI436 (3)

Senior Year    

Fall Semester (15 Hours)     

  • AG447 (3) 
  • SE317 (3) 
  • SE380 (3) 
  • SE385 (3) 
  • SE390 (3)

Spring Semester (13 Hours)  

  • EF400 (1)
  • SE465 (12)

Milestone: Passing score Mo Content Exam, MoPTA, 2.75 cumulative GPA, 3.0 GPA in Education and content courses.

A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion of a degree. 

Paying for College

Your hard work can pay off big because the Department of Agriculture offers about $650,000 in scholarships to students.

Become a Redhawk.

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Hands-on Learning

There’s no better way to learn than by getting your hands dirty, and you’ll do just that at SEMO. From digging in the dirt at our greenhouse to working with animals at the Agriculture Research Center, you’ll get real-world experience from day one.

Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.

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