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Secondary Education, BSE - Agriculture

Teach High School Agriculture!

The BSE in Secondary Education-Agriculture option is designed to prepare you to teach secondary agriculture education (grades 9-12) in Missouri. The curriculum provides foundational skills in both agriculture and teaching methods. You will obtain the hands-on experience that school districts expect and that high tech agriculture careers demand. In addition to student teaching experiences, you will learn through opportunities such as welding, repairing mechanical systems, assisting in agronomic field test plot research, and plotting cattle futures.

Faculty and Facilities

Dedicated faculty members and well-equipped facilities offer a quality learning experience. With a university student-faculty ratio of 17 to 1, you will receive personalized attention and instruction. In addition to typical classrooms, a greenhouse facility and UCM’s 260-acre Prussing Demonstration Farm provide support for all phases of the program. 

Student Learning Outcomes

You will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the Agriculture Education program to:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for entry level teaching in Agriculture Education.
  • Demonstrate content knowledge in Agriculture Education.
  • Demonstrate understanding and apply knowledge of technology, research, problem solving, creative and critical thinking, and communication skills within the teaching profession.
  • Display professionalism within the Ag Ed profession through participation in career related opportunities and an Ag Ed related organization.

Student Involvement

You will have the opportunity to participate in multiple sponsored organizations:

  • The Agriculture Club is a social organization that sponsors an annual 4-H and FFA Steer and Heifer Show.
  • Horticulture Club members visit horticulture-related businesses and sites and participate in regular plant sales that benefit members by raising funds for scholarships.
  • UCM's Collegiate Farm Bureau provides an opportunity to interact with local stakeholders and to participate in agriculture activities at the same level.
  • The Delta Tau Alpha national agriculture honor society strives to promote leadership and academic excellence for its members and the department through a multitude of activities such as traveling to the group's national convention.
  • The Agriculture Ambassadors volunteer to represent the University at functions on campus and at area high schools.
  • The UCM Prussing Research Farm show string (cattle ring showing) provides the opportunity to compete in national shows.

Employment Opportunities

UCM graduates fill agriculture teaching positions in high schools across Missouri and beyond. In addition, you can gain employment in a wide variety of job opportunities in the day-to-day operation of Missouri's agriculture industry, the second largest sector of the state's economy. Your program faculty will assist you in job placement by maintaining contact with Missouri schools, representatives of agri-business industries, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Agriculture offices and personnel, and other agriculture-oriented businesses.

Accreditations

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UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri

Program Coordinator

Mrs. Krystle Gremaud
Assistant Professor
Lovinger 4104
Tel: 660-543-4647

 

Agriculture Education Lead Faculty

Mr. Mike Keilholz
Assistant Professor
Tel: 816-540-3111 x5304

 

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