Agricultural educators combine classroom, laboratory instruction, leadership development
and experiential learning to offer their students a well-rounded education that will
prepare them for college and the workforce.
Why agricultural education at OSU?
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. Through the implementation of school-based
agricultural education, OSU empowers future teachers that 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.
Agricultural literacy coordinator
High school teacher/FFA advisor
Junior/community college judging coach
Natural resource education
State and federal agencies
$100KIN SCHOLARSHIPS TO UNDERGRAD STUDENTS
annually awarded by the OSU Department of Agricultural Education, Communications
“Agricultural education goes beyond teaching. It’s truly educating people
about agriculture and helping build a bridge of communication between what is in the
industry and consumers.”
- Colton Henry Waterloo, Illinois
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.
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
The agricultural education faculty have more than 30 years combined teaching experience
in school-based agricultural education.
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.