The Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education provides students who love agriculture and want to teach, a career pathway that will make a significant difference in the lives of young leaders and FFA members. Upon graduation from the program, the students will not only receive a degree in agricultural education, but will also receive a North Carolina Teaching Professional Educator’s License. Students will also have the opportunity to gain the same professional certifications offered to all agricultural education students.
Students engage behind the scenes with the agricultural industry, with individual school districts, and with the North Carolina and National FFA Organizations. Student assignments use these resources to develop graduates that know and love agriculture. The agricultural education graduates also have the skills to share this passion with their own students.
100% of all Agricultural Education graduates have been employed either as teachers or in other parts of the agriculture or education field.
Key Program Features
Design engaging learning opportunities in the agricultural education classroom
Construct engaging learning opportunities in the agricultural lab
Develop a successful FFA chapter
Evaluate student experiential learning opportunities (SAE Projects)
The Agricultural Education Program at the University of Mount Olive is designed to turn students into effective classroom teachers prior to their first day in the professional classroom. Agricultural Education majors are asked to develop the mindset of being a future teacher from the first time they step foot into the program. By adopting this approach, Agricultural Education majors view their coursework and requirements as a way to become a better professional as opposed to meeting a list of requirements for graduation.
All Agricultural Education students are required to complete a student teaching experience during their last semester at the University of Mount Olive. Agricultural Education students will complete this internship with an assigned cooperating teacher at a SBAE program within the state. Agricultural education students are also eligible to apply for any other internship programs that are available to all other agricultural students at the university.
Besides certifications offered in other agricultural classes, Agricultural Education graduates have the opportunity to earn their North Carolina Hunter Safety Instructor Certification. This certification is required if a student seeks to train a Hunter Safety team.
- Agricultural Education Teacher/FFA Advisor (6-12)
- If a student decides not to enter the classroom, agricultural education graduates are sought after in industry as the degree provides students with a well-versed background in agriculture combined with the social sciences.