B.S. in Agricultural Education
LSU School of Human Resource Education & Workforce Development
College of Human Sciences and Education
College of Agriculture
The Bachelor of Science degree program in Agricultural Education is administratively located in the College of Agriculture and agricultural education students are also in the College of Agriculture. The faculty who work with this program have joint appointments between the College of Agriculture and the College of Human Sciences and Education.
The agricultural education degree has two concentrations. Differences between the two concentrations are indicated below. Professional education is offered through courses in methods and techniques for training youth and adults. The professional education for the teaching and learning option prepares students for formal teaching in secondary schools (grades 6-12) while the leadership and communication option prepares students for informal teaching and training, and for other agricultural education positions in business, industry, and government. In addition to professional coursework designed to prepare agricultural educators, course work is provided in various areas of agriculture, including plant and animal sciences, agricultural economics, forestry and wildlife, landscaping, entomology, agronomy, and horticulture.
- Teaching and Learning: The Teaching and Learning concentration prepares students to teach in high school and middle school agricultural education programs (grades 6-12). In addition, graduates may pursue a career outside of formal teaching. Graduates from this concentration are also in demand in agricultural business in various capacities including employee development, parish/county extension agents working with adults or youth, and other professional agricultural education positions.
Students in this concentration will be able to teach for development of agricultural knowledge and skills using a variety of teaching methods; develop a classroom management plan that supports successful learning; advise an FFA chapter; supervise students’ agricultural experience programs; develop and teach an agricultural curriculum that corresponds with the Educational Framework for Louisiana’s Agriscience/Agribusiness/FFA Program; teach students in both formal and informal educational settings; build parent, school and community support for an educational program; and acquire a broad base of technical knowledge and skills in agriculture. Prospective students should consult the current LSU catalog for admissions requirements.
Students complete a 51 hour technical core that includes both a primary and secondary teaching area.
- Leadership and Communication: The Leadership and Communication concentration prepares students for career opportunities in agriculture, agribusiness, agricultural industry, and agricultural organizations that are diverse and vary according to the student’s interest. Students will complete a 51 hour technical core. For those students who want to work in agricultural education but formal teaching is not their objective, the Leadership and Communication concentration provides students with technical, conceptual, and human relations skills that employers seek. Students may pursue agricultural leadership or communication positions in sales, agribusiness, cooperative extension, communications/public relations, politics, lobbying for agriculture, farm/ranch work or ownership, co-ops, feed lots, real estate, international agriculture, and other related areas. This concentration provides student with a diverse grounding in the broad field of agriculture and agribusiness. Prospective students should consult the current LSU catalog for admissions requirements.
- Alternate Certification: Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in an agricultural field and have a 2.50 or higher grade point average may be interested in the Alternate Certification program that is designed to prepare and certified secondary agriculture teachers. Although the non-degree Alternate Certification program does not lead directly to a degree, many or most of the courses may be applied toward the M.S. Degree in Human Resource Education with a concentration in Adult, Extension, and Agricultural Education.
Students interested in the agricultural education program should contact the School of Human Resource Education & Workforce Development for application information, deadlines, and specific details about each program. Students interested in a teacher certification program other than agricultural education should contact the College of Human Science & Education. Students who anticipate entering the teacher certification program should inform the faculty advisor at the time the undergraduate program of study is being developed.
For more information, contact the School of Human Resource Education and Workforce Development.