2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Apr 24, 2024  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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

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Program Coordinator/Contact
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:

  • have broad knowledge of animal science, agronomy, agricultural systems technology, and agri-business and be prepared to teach these subjects at the secondary level.
  • understand education concepts related to effective teaching and learning at the secondary level of education.
  • be prepared to coordinate an effective program of high school vocational agriculture and serve as FFA advisor.
  • be prepared for a variety of careers in agricultural production or agribusiness.
  • locate and evaluate information to aid in decision making.
  • have sufficient core competencies for effective lifetime learning.
  • have a broad understanding of global challenges and issues related to food systems and agriculture.
  • demonstrate effective written and oral communications skills.
  • demonstrate critical thinking and decision making skills.

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

Institutional Graduation Requirements

  • Goal #1 First Year Seminar:  AGED 109  Credits: 2
  • Goal #2 Cultural Awareness and Social and Environmental Responsibility: PS 213-213L  Credits: 3

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.

SGRs, IGRs, 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.


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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