Agricultural and Extension Education

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture - Agricultural & Extension Education Major

The agricultural and extension education curriculum is designed to prepare students for entry into agricultural teaching, extension, or other professional employment in government, industry, or entrepreneurship where competence in communications and leadership are required.  In order to prepare career-ready graduates, the curriculum provides flexibility to develop programs in options emphasizing teacher preparation, extension education, or production and technical agriculture.  Courses are selected by the student in consultation with an advisor that will prepare the student to achieve his or her aspirations.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Curriculum Requirements

GEF Requirements 1, 3, 5, 6, & 818
University Requirements
First Year Seminar
AGEE 102Educational Colloquium in Agricultural and Extension Education1
Capstone Course
AGEE 489Agriculture and Extension Education Reflective Seminar (fulfills Writing and Communication Skills requirement)1
Major Requirements
AGEE 101Global Food and Agricultural Industry (GEF 7)3
AGEE 103Basics of Agricultural Mechanization2
AGEE 110Microcomputer Applications in Agricultural Education3
or CS 101 Intro to Computer Applications
AGEE 203Agriculture Mechanics Practica3
AGEE 220Group Organization and Leadership (GEF 4)3
AGEE 421Agricultural and Natural Resource Communications3
AGEE 431Adult Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources2
AGEE 440Principles of Cooperative Extension2
AGRN 202Principles of Soil Science3
AGRN 203Principles of Soil Science Laboratory1
ARE 204Agribusiness Management3
A&VS 251Principles of Animal Science4
PLSC 206Principles of Plant Science (GEF 2)4
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology (GEF 8)3
PSYC 241Introduction to Human Development (GEF 8)3
Area of Emphasis (Select One)30
Agriculture Electives12
Courses from the following subjects: A&VS, AEM, AGBI, AGEE, AGRN, ANNU, ANPH, ANPR, ARE, CDFS, DSGN, ENTO, ENVM, ENVP, FDM, FDST, FMAN, FOR, GEN, HORT, ID, LARC, PLSC, PPTH, RESM, RPTR, WDSC, or WMAN
Additional electives to reach a minimum of 120 credits (number of credits needed may vary)16
Total Hours120

Agricultural Teacher Education Area of Emphasis

An effective agriculture teacher can assist in the economic and social development of a community.  Middle school, high school, and adult classes strengthened by supervised agricultural experience programs are the methods whereby the agriculture teacher helps students become involved and established in production agriculture and off-farm occupations that require agricultural knowledge and skills.

Students completing this program will meet the requirements for certification by the West Virginia Department of Education. The program provides graduates with the opportunity to become qualified to teach in the broad field of agriculture as well as to become prepared to teach in such areas as production, agribusiness, conservation and forestry, agricultural mechanics, processing, horticulture, and natural resources. In addition to teaching, graduates have the opportunity for employment with governmental agencies and in private enterprise.

To be eligible for student teaching and subsequent certification to teach, the student must:

  • possess a 2.5 grade point average on the total of all college credits, including hours earned in professional education and technical agriculture courses
  • must pass competency tests in reading, writing, mathematics (Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators) and agriculture content endorsement (Praxis II - Agriculture) prior to student teaching
  • must pass the principles of teaching and learning test (Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching Grades 7-12) for grades 7-12
  • complete the required agriculture and professional education courses

Requirements

AGEE 202Site Based Tutoring in Agriculture and Extension Education1
AGEE 330Shop Theory and Methods3
AGEE 426Directing Future Farmers of America and Supervised Agricultural Experiences3
AGEE 430Methods of Teaching Agriculture3
AGEE 434Managing Learning Environment3
AGEE 438Agriculture Education Curriculum Development2
AGEE 488Professional Agricultural Internship12
RDNG 422Reading in the Content Areas3
SPED 304Special Education in Contemporary Society3
SPED 360Differentiation of Instruction for Students with Special Needs3
Total Hours36

Suggested Plan of Study for Agricultural Teacher Education Area of Emphasis

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
AGEE 1021AGEE 101 (GEF 7)3
AGEE 1032AGEE 1103
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3AGEE 220 (GEF 4)3
A&VS 2514PSYC 101 (GEF 8)3
Electives 4MATH 121 (GEF 3)3
 14 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3AGEE 2033
PLSC 206 (GEF 2)4AGEE 2021
PSYC 241 (GEF 8)3GEF 63
ARE 2043GEF 83
GEF 53Electives4
 16 14
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
SPED 3043AGEE 4263
AGRN 2023AGEE 4343
AGRN 2031SPED 3603
AGEE 4402RDNG 4223
AGEE 4213Restricted Electives4
Electives2 
 14 16
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
AGEE 4303AGEE 4382
AGEE 3303AGEE 48812
AGEE 4312AGEE 4891
Restricted Electives8 
 16 15
Total credit hours: 120

Extension Education Area of Emphasis

This option prepares students with a foundation for extension education, agribusiness positions related to human resource management, international and corporate training and development, agricultural literacy and public relations, political interests, and commodity service organizations.

Coursework in this option will focus on a core of agricultural courses along with emphasis in non-formal education, designing educational/training programs and professional presentations, leadership development, teaching/training methods, and interpersonal communications.  A twelve credit, twelve week internship related to the student’s career objective is required.

Requirements

AGEE 430Methods of Teaching Agriculture3
AGEE 491Professional Field Experience12
JRL 101Media and Society3
POLS 102Introduction to American Government3
POLS 220State and Local Government3
POLS 240Introduction to Public Administration3
PR 215Introduction to Public Relations3
Total Hours30

Suggested Plan of Study for Extension Education Area of Emphasis

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
AGEE 1021AGEE 101 (GEF 7)3
AGEE 1032MATH 121 (GEF 3)3
A&VS 2514AGEE 1103
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3AGEE 220 (GEF 4)3
Electives4PSYC 101 (GEF 8)3
 14 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3AGEE 2033
PLSC 206 (GEF 2)4JRL 1013
PSYC 241 (GEF 8)3GEF 63
ARE 2043GEF 83
GEF 53Elective4
 16 16
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
POLS 1023POLS 2403
AGRN 2023PR 2153
AGEE 4402AGEE 4213
AGRN 2031Restricted Electives6
Restricted Electives6 
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
POLS 2203AGEE 4891
AGEE 4312AGEE 49112
Electives6Electives2
AGEE 4303 
 14 15
Total credit hours: 120

Agricultural & Environmental Technology Area of Emphasis

Today agriculture faces a tremendous challenge to provide food, fiber, and industrial raw supplies for billions of people at a time when resources are becoming more limited. Agriculture, meanwhile, has become more technical and complex, and qualified college graduates are needed to meet the future demands in this vital field.

This option is an undergraduate studies program that allows students some measure of flexibility in meeting their own educational objectives, particularly when those objectives may not be fulfilled entirely by any other single college major. This option prepares students to enter into the broad field of production and technical agriculture. The curriculum combines a broad range of technical courses in animal science, crop and soil science, horticulture, biological systems, agricultural mechanics, and agricultural economics. Additional courses in interpersonal and group leadership and communications training give students a competitive edge in the job market.

Students who desire to become owners, managers, or employees in production and or technical agriculture realize that they need a broad-based preparation. Agriculture presents opportunities in the farming and ranching business and industry, research and development, education, communications, governmental employment, and conservation and recreation.

The experiences gained through coursework and internships prove invaluable. General agriculture internships in production and technical agriculture, agribusiness, and commodity organizations enable students to enhance their communications, problem-solving and technical abilities, and management and decision making abilities. A twelve credit, twelve week internship related to the student’s career objective is required.

Requirements

AGEE 491Professional Field Experience12
Upper-Level courses selected from the other divisions in the college in consultation with Advisor24
Courses from the following subjects: AEM, AGBI, AGRN, AGEE, AGRN, ANNU, ANPH, ANPR, ARE, A&VS, CDFS, DSGN, ENTO, ENVM, ENVP, FDM, FDST, FMAN, FOR, GEN, HORT, ID, LARC, PLSC, PPTH, RESM, RPTR, WDSC, or WMAN
Total Hours36

Suggested Plan of Study for Agricultural & Environmental Technology Area of Emphasis

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
AGEE 1021AGEE 101 (GEF 7)3
AGEE 1032AGEE 1103
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3MATH 121 (GEF 3)3
A&VS 2514AGEE 220 (GEF 4)3
Electives4PSYC 101 (GEF 8)3
 14 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3AGEE 2033
PLSC 206 (GEF 2)4GEF 63
PSYC 241 (GEF 8)3GEF 83
GEF 53Electives6
ARE 2043 
 16 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
AGRN 2023AGEE 4213
AGEE 4402Upper Level Ag Courses6
AGRN 2031Restricted Electives6
Upper Level Ag Courses6 
Restricted Electives3 
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
AGEE 4312AGEE 4891
Upper Level Ag Courses9AGEE 49112
Restricted Electives3Upper Level Ag Course3
 14 16
Total credit hours: 120

Major Learning Goals

agriculture and extension education

All students in the Agricultural and Extension Education undergraduate program will:

  • Complete a core curriculum in general education foundations.
  • Complete a core curriculum in basic agricultural knowledge.
  • Complete a core curriculum in technology, leadership, and communication.
  • Complete at least one area of emphasis (teacher education, extension education, or agricultural and environmental technology) in agricultural and extension education.

Students in the teacher education area of emphasis will:

  • Develop the pedagogical skills necessary to enter and be successful in a high school teaching position.
  • Complete all PRAXIS tests required for teacher certification in West Virginia.
  • Complete a twelve week internship/student teaching placement in a middle/high school agricultural education program.

Students in the extension education area of emphasis will:

  • Develop the academic knowledge and skills necessary to enter and succeed in a Master of Science program.
  • Develop the educational and communication skills necessary to successfully enter and succeed in an Extension position.
  • Complete a twelve week internship in an Extension related position.

Students in the agricultural and environmental technology area of emphasis will:

  • Develop the educational and communication skills necessary to successfully enter and succeed in an agriculturally related career. 
  • Develop the academic knowledge and skills needed to enter and succeed in an agriculturally related career.
  • Complete a twelve week internship in an area related to their career goal.

Courses

AGEE 101. Global Food and Agricultural Industry. 3 Hours.

Examination of the history and current developments, structures, functions, and importance of the international food and agricultural industry; issues, concerns and interrelationships and their impacts on American agriculture and society.

AGEE 102. Educational Colloquium in Agricultural and Extension Education. 1 Hour.

Components of and requirements for majoring in agricultural and extension education, including specializations, professional organizations, avenues to program completion, and requirements to be gainfully employed.

AGEE 103. Basics of Agricultural Mechanization. 2 Hours.

Study and application of the foundation area associated with agricultural mechanization.

AGEE 110. Microcomputer Applications in Agricultural Education. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Microcomputer applications in the instructional process of agricultural education; use of applications software, agricultural software, and data bases; and methods of integrating microcomputers into secondary school agriculture and extension programs.

AGEE 202. Site Based Tutoring in Agriculture and Extension Education. 1 Hour.

Application of models and paradigms of learning in the content area through tutoring of individuals and small groups in an assigned public school setting.

AGEE 203. Agriculture Mechanics Practica. 3 Hours.

Theory and practice of designing and constructing structures, electrical circuits, masonry, equipment maintenance, and surveying.

AGEE 220. Group Organization and Leadership. 3 Hours.

Study of the impact of leaders and organized groups on societies. Role of groups in conveying cultural norms. Principles and techniques involved in forming and directing organizations in providing effective leadership.

AGEE 293A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

AGEE 298A-Z. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study, or research.

AGEE 303. Small Engines and Hydraulics. 3 Hours.

Theory and practice of disassembling, assembling and maintaining small gasoline engines and hydraulic devices.

AGEE 305. Metal Fabrication. 3 Hours.

Theory and practice of the fusion of metals. Advancing the science, technology and application of welding and allied processes including: joining, brazing, soldering, and cutting.

AGEE 330. Shop Theory and Methods. 3 Hours.

PR: AGEE 103 and AGEE 203. Methods of teaching agricultural mechanics including laboratory safety, organization and supervision.

AGEE 393A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

AGEE 421. Agricultural and Natural Resource Communications. 3 Hours.

Procedures and practices in developing, interpreting, and communicating agricultural and natural resource information; emphasis on visual materials and effective presentations. (3 hr. lec.).

AGEE 426. Directing Future Farmers of America and Supervised Agricultural Experiences. 3 Hours.

This course is specifically designed for students preparing to teach agricultural science in the public schools. Focus will be on planning, advising, supervising and evaluating student educational experiences through FFA and supervised agricultural experience programs.

AGEE 430. Methods of Teaching Agriculture. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Organization and preparation for teaching agriculture in middle and secondary schools.

AGEE 431. Adult Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources. 2 Hours.

PR: Consent. Planning and preparation for teaching adult classes and advising agricultural organizations.

AGEE 434. Managing Learning Environment. 3 Hours.

PR: AGEE 430 or consent. Principals/process in organizing and managing all components of the secondary agricultural education learning environment to maximize student achievement.

AGEE 438. Agriculture Education Curriculum Development. 2 Hours.

PR: AGEE 430 or Consent. Development, organization, preparation and evaluation of materials/curriculum for teaching agriculture in middle and secondary schools.

AGEE 440. Principles of Cooperative Extension. 2 Hours.

PR: Consent. History, philosophy, and mission of the cooperative extension service. Roles and functions of extension faculty in developing and presenting extension programs.

AGEE 441. Methods in Extension Education. 2 Hours.

PR: Consent. Organization and preparation for extension teaching and the processes of communication.

AGEE 452. Advanced Farm Machinery. 3 Hours.

Systems approach to selection, use and operation of machinery related to agriculture, forestry and other rural activities. Emphasis on safety and environmental impact. Use of records for management decisions, purchase, replacement, sale, or overhaul. (2 hr. rec., 3 hr. lab.).

AGEE 454A-Z. Agricultural Mechanics Problems. 1-4 Hours.

PR: C or better in an AGEE course. Special projects and problems in theoretical analysis, design, or construction. (1-4 hr. conference.).

AGEE 460. Engineering Technology for Urban Watersheds and Irrigation. 3 Hours.

Soil and water management; analysis of small watersheds and design of waterways, culverts, ponds, sediment basins, and turf irrigation systems. (3 hr. lec.).

AGEE 461. Waste Management-Composting. 3 Hours.

Both present and alternative waste management strategies will be examined. Students will learn how to analyze the waste stream and be able to develop management concepts which are both economically and environmentally sound. Lectures by waste management professionals will be integrated into the class to expose the students to the very latest practices and technology.

AGEE 488. Professional Agricultural Internship. 1-12 Hours.

PR: Consent.

AGEE 489. Agriculture and Extension Education Reflective Seminar. 1 Hour.

Provides opportunities for students to examine their field based experiences. Professional issues and problems are identified and discussed. Ethics and misconceptions about professional practice are examined.

AGEE 490. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Teaching practice as a tutor or assistant.

AGEE 491. Professional Field Experience. 1-18 Hours.

PR: Consent. (May be repeated up to a maximum of 18 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

AGEE 492A-Z. Directed Study. 1-3 Hours.

Directed study, reading, and/or research.

AGEE 493A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

AGEE 494A-Z. Seminar. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Presentation and discussion of topics of mutual concern to students and faculty.

AGEE 495. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.

Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

AGEE 496. Senior Thesis. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent.

AGEE 497. Research. 1-6 Hours.

Independent research projects.