College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Agricultural Education prepares students for certification and teaching of agriculture at the middle school and high school levels.
Students complete an approved program of course work in both agricultural sciences and teacher education. In the final year of the program, student engage in a school practicum that involves observation of agricultural instruction in schools across the state, helping students understand the job of teaching agriculture. Student teaching is carried out in an approved middle or high school under the daily supervision of an experienced, master teacher of agriculture. Supervision is also provided by University of Georgia Agricultural Education faculty.
The employment outlook is excellent: there is a national shortage of teachers of agriculture, and for the past 30+ years Georgia has had more job openings than graduates of the program. Graduates are also eligible for a variety of related careers in agricultural business, leadership, industry, and government agencies.
Study Abroad Options: Scotland: Youth Engagement in Agriculture and Morocco: Agriculture, Organizational and Community Development are ran through the Agricultural Leadership Education and Communication (ALEC) Department. Additional options are available through the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) study abroad office, they can be found on the CAES website.
Jasmine Bush, a senior majoring in agricultural education, has a hectic academic schedule but still finds time to volunteer and mentor. Her love of animals has her on a path to become a veterinarian.
“Being a student in the agricultural leadership, education and communication department makes it extremely difficult to have only one favorite professor, because they are all so amazing in their own ways. I have had the opportunity to be their student, as well as their office assistant, and they are all totally wonderful people who are very passionate about what they teach. If I had to pick the professor I am the most thankful for getting to know it would be my magnificent advisor, Frank B. Flanders. He is an assistant professor in the ALEC department with an emphasis in agricultural education. He is overly qualified for his roles and executes them superiorly. Dr. Flanders has an array of degrees and accomplishments, and he has served in agricultural education for over 35 years. He is a remarkable advisor, friend and role model. Thank you Dr. Flanders for all you have done and continue to do to guide me toward success here at UGA.”