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Agricultural Education

Why Major in Agricultural Education?

Agricultural Education majors at Northwest learn about the fundamentals of agriculture in secondary education (middle school and high school). This major must be completed as part of the Bachelor of Science in education to align with Missouri teacher certification standards. A minor is not required as agricultural education is considered a comprehensive major. Recent graduates have obtained teaching positions in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri, yet the particular certification for each state varies.

Students learn skills in the fundamentals of the agricultural education program and adult education while gaining an understanding of techniques within the teaching profession. This includes classroom management, lesson planning, special education and technology for classrooms.

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Career Opportunities

placement rate

More than 98% of students who graduated with a degree in agriculture science obtained employment or continued their education within six months after graduation.

The following is a listing of common positions for graduates with an agricultural education major:

  • High School Teacher
  • Agribusiness Sales
  • Agronomist
  • Extension Agent
  • Banking and Finance
  • International Agriculture

For a list of job placements by year, view the placement reports »

*Based on self-reported data in recent years.

Learning Resources

Horticulture Complex

Horticulture Complex is the home to classroom, a research laboratory a preparatory room for horticulture students. The campus has seven greenhouses with state-of-the-art technology.

R.T. Wright University Laboratory Farm

R.T. Wright University Laboratory Farm is a 448-acre facility that provides profession-based learning experience with livestock and crops.

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Study Abroad

Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their own academic development. Faculty members supervise short-term study abroad programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available – faculty-led and traditional study abroad.

The traditional program may be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions. Students of from the agriculture school have studied in Puerto Rico, Ireland and Germany.

For more information about study abroad opportunities »


Although internships are not required in the agricultural education major, they are highly encouraged to gain hands-on, real-world experience.

QuoteEmily ReedI am speaking to freshman and sophomores in high school about teaching agriculture as a profession at the Greenhand Motivational Conference in St. Joseph, Mo. in January.Quote

Emily Reed '15
Pleasant Hill, Mo.

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