Mr. Jim Spencer
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Warrensburg, MO 64093
Dr. Odin Jurkowski, Chair
The Department of Career & Technology Education's Agriculture Teacher Education program is designed for students who are interested in certification to teach secondary agriculture education (grades 9-12) in the state of Missouri. The curriculum provides an excellent background in both agriculture and teaching methods.
The Department of Career & Technology Education believes students should obtain the hands-on experience that employers expect and that high tech agriculture careers demand. In addition to their student teaching experiences, students learn by doing through such opportunities as welding or repairing tractors, assisting in agronomic field test plot research and plotting cattle futures.
UCM graduates fill agriculture teaching positions in high schools across Missouri and beyond. In addition, they find 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. The Department of Career & Technology Education plays a leading role in the placement of its graduates by maintaining contact with Missouri schools, representatives of agri-business industries, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Missouri Department of Agriculture agencies, and other agriculture-oriented businesses.
Dedicated faculty members and well-equipped facilities, including a modern computer laboratory, offer students a quality learning experience. All department faculty members have extensive knowledge and experience in their field of specialization and, with a university student-faculty ratio of about 17 to 1, are able to provide personalized attention and instruction. Small classes allow for informal class sessions and increased access to the department's computers and laboratory facilities. In addition to typical classrooms, a greenhouse facility and a 260-acre Prussing Demonstration Farm provide support for all phases of the instructional program. The Prussing farm, under development as a teaching unit to provide laboratory experience for agriculture students, is also the home of Central Missouri's national champion Simmental herd. The show string provides interested students with the opportunity to compete in national shows.
UCM's Agriculture Teacher Education students participate in a number of 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 farmers 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. Students participating in the Agriculture Ambassadors program volunteer to represent the department at functions on campus and at area high schools.
In addition to more than $4 million in merit-based scholarships and awards presented annually to UCM students by the university, the College of Education offers a number of awards specifically for education majors. There are multiple scholarships for which Ag Ed students are eligible.