Agricultural Education (AGED)
In this course, agricultural education majors develop their communication and leadership skills, and apply those principles in agriculture. Students learn and apply the goals and learning outcomes of the Agricultural Education major. AGED students use an electronic portfolio (Live-text) to collect and evaluate their academic artifacts and relate them to the AGED learning outcomes.
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.
AGED 301 is a required course offered for degree-seeking SMSU students majoring in Agricultural Education (including the Teaching Licensure Specialization and the Communications-Marketing-Leadership Specialization). This course introduces students to the role and structure of the student organization 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.
AGED 351 is a required course offered for degree-seeking SMSU students majoring in Agricultural Education (including the Teaching Licensure Specialization and the Communications-Marketing-Leadership Specialization). Under the direction of SMSU Agricultural Education faculty, agricultural education students in this course complete: (1) a supervised internship with an agriculture or an agricultural-related enterprise, and (2) a job-shadowing experience, apprenticeship or mentorship with a natural resource or related occupation. Students will learn and use best practices for integrating work-based learning with educational learning goals, outcomes and assessment.
AGED 401 is a required course offered for degree-seeking SMSU students majoring in Agricultural Education. This course introduces students to the study of rationale, curriculum, and special methods relevant to teaching agricultural science, technologies and career-leadership skills to diverse students for grades 5-12. AGED 401 is designed to assist SMSUs AG ED students understand the concepts of teaching and learning in the agricultural classroom. The course focuses on the selection and use of teaching strategies, methods/approaches, and various techniques; evaluating learning; and managing learning environments for teaching agricultural subjects in formal education settings.