College: Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Generally, the agriscience education program at Ohio State is focused on preparing students to teach in public schools; agricultural science teacher licensure can be earned in conjunction with the degree. However, students will also develop a broad knowledge of the science and business of agriculture and graduate equipped for work in the broader agricultural industry.
On admission to the university, students enroll directly in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and may then declare a major in agriscience education.
Agriscience education course topics:
- agricultural systems management
- animal science
- curriculum and program planning
- environment and natural resources
- experiential learning
- food science
- learning processes
- life sciences
- plant science
- teaching methods
Agriscience education students must complete at least two field-based internships: The first requires 60 hours of field experience, and the second requires students to complete a 12-week student teaching experience. Both experiences allow students to apply their course work in a school setting and to develop their professional skills in teaching and learning.
Student organizations such as the Agricultural Education Society provide opportunities for professional growth and leadership development, while the Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Learning Community allows students to interact with others who share their professional interests by living in a residence hall with other students enrolled in the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Agriscience education graduates have pursued a variety of careers, including:
- adult education instructor
- agricultural extension educator
- agriculture organization personnel trainer
- farm business planning and analysis instructor
- farm manager
- high school agriculture teacher
- 4-H youth development specialist
The average starting salary for agricultural educators in public school systems is $38,000. Salaries vary depending on job location, skills and previous experience.
The state of Ohio requires all entry-level teachers to be licensed in Ohio. Licensure in Ohio requires students to successfully complete the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA) and the Ohio Assessment for Educators. Clear background reports are also required.
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