Agricultural Education (AGED)

AGED 201  Communication & Leadership Skills for Agricultural Educators  Credits: 3  

Personal leadership development is a journey of self-discovery. This course is designed to provide you with an opportunity to explore your personal leadership potential. Using a variety of self-assessments and reflection, students will identify personal motivators, ethics, values and vision. This course is designed for all students who are interested in positions of leadership and who want to learn more about making themselves, as well as the groups and teams they work with more effective. The class uses discussion, reflection and self-assessment to provide a base for personal growth and development. Leadership development from an individual perspective is the center of the course. Interpersonal competencies are explored. In addition, principles of communication as they relate to agriculture and leadership will be highlighted.

Fall: Even Years  
AGED 220  Agricultural Mechanics for Agricultural Educators  Credits: 4  

AGED 220 is designed to assist students in understanding the principles and practices of mechanical systems that include fluid, electrical, and fuel-powered units; the design, fabrication, construction, and use of agricultural structures, equipment, and systems; measuring tools and equipment; and product storage, water management, waste management, and materials handling.

Fall: Even Years  
AGED 301  Advising Youth Organization & Supervising Work Experiences  Credits: 3  

This course introduces students to the role and structure of the agricultural student organization (such as FFA and 4-H) as an integral component in developing the student through individual, cooperative and collaborative activities that prepare the student for a role in the school, community, and workplace. This course introduces students to the Three Circle Model (FFA, SAE, classroom instruction). Techniques for coordinating and advising an FFA chapter in conjunction with developing and conducting Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs) are thoroughly explained. The foundations of work-based learning, including the development of workplace skills, career exploration strategies, as well as state and federal labor laws are also discussed.

Spring: Odd Years  
AGED 351  Prof. Development in Agricultural Education: Internship & Job Shadowing  Credits: 1-3  

This course is designed to provide students with experiential learning opportunities in order to make connections between the theory and practice of academic study and the practical application of the professional agricultural work environment. The number of credits allowed is dependent upon the magnitude of the internship.

Summer All Years  
AGED 401  Agricultural Education: 5-12 Methods  Credits: 3  

This course is designed to help future agriculture teachers put instructional theory into practice. It will provide an integrated coverage of methods of classroom instruction, management and assessment. The methodology of the course will include practicum, lesson construction, practice teaching, in class exercises, discussions and Socratic questioning. This course will address agricultural program development, performance or skill-based instruction, problem solving, lesson planning, assessment procedures and techniques, and methods relevant to teaching agricultural science, technologies, and career-leadership skills to diverse students, grades 5-12.

Pre-Requisite : Requires minimum credits: 60  
Fall: Odd Years  
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