College: Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
The agriscience education program at Ohio State prepares graduates for careers in formal and non-formal learning environments. While the program is focused on teaching in public schools, graduates are prepared to work in a variety of settings in the agricultural industry equipped with interpersonal skills, experience in the teaching and learning process, and a breadth of knowledge of the science and business of agriculture. Agricultural science teacher licensure is available in conjunction with this program.
Upon admission to the university, students are directly admitted into the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and can declare a major in agriscience education.
Agriscience education course topics:
- animal sciences
- food science
- natural resource management
- plant science
- life sciences
- agricultural systems management
- soil resources
- learning processes
- teaching methods
- curriculum and program planning
- youth and adult education
Students can participate in study abroad programs to earn course credit, including a trip to Honduras with a focus in agriculture, education and international development through community and outreach education.
Students complete two field-based internships in a school setting where they apply what they have learned and develop professional skills in teaching and learning. One internship is 100 hours of field experience, and the second internship is a student teaching experience for a minimum of a 12-week period, or 600 hours.
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.
Students majoring in agriscience education have many career options. The following are a few of the possibilities:
- high school teacher of agriculture
- agricultural extension educator
- 4-H youth development specialist
- farm business planning and analysis instructor
- adult education instructor
- agriculture organization personnel trainer
- farm manager
- sales consultant
- public relations specialist
While salaries vary based on the position, the average salary for a first-year agricultural educator in a public school system is $38,000.
The state of Ohio requires all entry-level teachers to be licensed in Ohio. A student must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to be licensed. Successful completion of the edTPA and the Ohio Assessment for Educators is required prior to initial licensure. In addition, clear FBI and BCII background reports are required.
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