2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Mar 23, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

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Agricultural Education, Communication and Leadership (B.S.) - Agricultural Education Specialization

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Mary Christensen, Coordinator
Agricultural Leadership, Education, Communication and Science (ALECS)
Berg Agricultural Hall 156
E-mail: mary.christensen@sdstate.edu

P. Troy White, Assistant Professor
Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
Wenona Hall 106
E-mail: peter.white@sdstate.edu
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Program Information

The Agricultural Education, Communication and Leadership Major  is a multidisciplinary program that provides a strong foundation in agricultural sciences. The major allows students the flexibility to select a plan of study based on their interests and skills by choosing one of three specializations: Education, Communication, or Leadership. Students in the Agricultural Education specialization will complete a professional education curriculum, as well as supportive instruction in technical agriculture, basic science, and other competencies. Graduates of the Education Specialization will qualify for a secondary teaching certificate, and will also be prepared for a variety of careers in the agricultural industry.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Agricultural Education Specialization of the Agricultural Education, Communication, and Leadership Major, students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill across the broad field of the Agricultural, Food, and Natural Resources industries.   
  • Demonstrate and apply educational content knowledge related to effective teaching and learning of diverse groups of secondary students.  
  • Explain the importance of and show evidence of ethical and professional behaviors.
  • Locate and evaluate information to solve real world problems.
  • Evaluate core competencies and create plans for effective lifetime learning.
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communications skills.
  • Evaluate a diverse spectrum of agriculturally related global challenges to communicate culturally responsible solutions to a variety of audiences.

Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure


National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs (NCATE)
South Dakota Department of Education

Certification and Licensure

With this major and the accompanying teacher education coursework required for teaching licensure, candidates are eligible to take the Praxis content tests, and apply for a teaching license in South Dakota. Students are required to take the agricultural content test, as well as the PRAXIS II Principles of Learning and Teaching test. The minimum score for the content and Praxis II PLT must be obtained for teaching licensure and varies by state.

Course Delivery Format

Most courses are delivered by traditional lecture/format, and some are offered by online delivery.

Requirements for Agricultural Education, Communication and Leadership Major - Agricultural Education specialization: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

System General Education Requirements

College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Requirements: 11

Students who wish to complete a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture must complete a minimum of 11 credits from the approved list of Group 1 courses in Agriculture .  Some departments require specific courses from the list, whereas others leave the selection entirely to the student and the advisor.

System General Education Requirements and/or major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements.  Please review major requirements and the Group 1 list to determine if additional courses are required.

Major Requirements


Additional elective courses in agriculture or related fields required to reach the 120 hours required for graduation. Contact advisor for approved agricultural related electives.

Total Required Credits: 120

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