Agricultural Leadership & Science Education: Agricultural Science Education, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Agricultural Leadership & Science Education, Agricultural Science Education concentration

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program faculty: Agricultural Education Faculty

overview of college admissions & requirements: Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences

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The Bachelor of Science with a Major in Agricultural Leadership & Science Education curriculum prepares students for positions requiring expertise in formal and non-formal education. Examples include teaching agriculture in the public schools; cooperative extension work; training and program development; and other education-related positions in agricultural and environmental agencies and businesses.

A minimum of 126 hours is required for graduation. Students pursuing this major select from two concentrations: agricultural leadership education or agricultural science education. Students completing the agricultural science education concentration will be eligible for Illinois teacher certification in agricultural education, and will have instruction in key pedagogical areas as well as agriculture. For teacher education requirements applicable to all curricula, see the Council on Teacher Education (

The Agricultural Science Education concentration prepares students to teach agricultural science, agribusiness, agricultural mechanics and horticulture in Illinois high schools. State of Illinois certification requirements include a minimum of 2,000 hours of employment experience in agriculture. Teacher certification students must maintain a 2.5 GPA or above to remain in good standing. Review procedures are provided by the Council on Teacher Education.

for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Agricultural Leadership & Science Education, Agricultural Science Education concentration

Prescribed Courses including Campus General Education

Composition I and Speech
Select one of the following:6-7
Writing and Research
and Public Speaking (or equivalent (see college Composition I requirement))
Oral & Written Comm I
and Oral & Written Comm II
Advanced Composition
Select from campus approved list. AGED 230 is recommended.3-4
Cultural Studies
Select one Western cultures course, one non-Western cultures course and one U.S. minority cultures course from campus approved lists.9
Quantitative Reasoning I
Select one of the following:3-5
Finite Mathematics
Calculus I
Calculus for Business I
Quantitative Reasoning II
Select one of the following:3-4
Applied Statistical Methods
Intro to Applied Statistics
Economic Statistics I
Intro to Statistics
Intro to Social Statistics
Natural Sciences and Technology
CHEM 102
CHEM 103
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Lab I
Physical science - select from campus approved list.3-4
CPSC 112Introduction to Crop Sciences4
Humanities and the Arts
Select from campus approved list.6
Social and Behavioral Sciences
ACE 100Introduction to Applied Microeconomics4
PSYC 100Intro Psych4
ACES Required
ACES 101Contemporary Issues in ACES2
Agricultural Leadership and Science Education Required
AGED 100Intro to Ag & Leadership Ed 12
AGED 220Prog Del in Ag & Leadership Ed3
AGED 2303
AGED 421Teaching Strategies in AGED3
Required Concentration42-55
Total Hours126

Not required for transfer students.

Agricultural Science Education Concentration Required53-55
AGED 250Observation and Program Analys 24
AGED 350Early Field Experience3
AGED 420Curr Design & Instruction3
AGED 450Program Delivery and Eval4
CI 473Disciplinary Literacy3
EPS 201Foundations of Education3-4
or EPS 202 Foundations of Education-ACP
EPSY 201Educational Psychology3
SPED 405General Educator's Role in Special Education3
EDPR 442Educational Practice in Secondary Education8
Technical Subject Matter Required
ANSC 100Intro to Animal Sciences4
ACE 232Farm Management3
HORT 100Introduction to Horticulture3
FSHN 101The Science of Food and How it Relates to You3
TSM 1003
Select one of the following:3
AGED 260
AGED 280
AGED 340
Advanced Leadership Studies
AGED 380
AGED 400
Youth Development Programs
Adult Learning Principles