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Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Degree

The Department of Agriculture's cooperative agricultural education program with the Department of Career and Technology Education is designed for students who are interested in careers in agricultural education. In addition to leading to certification to teach secondary agriculture education, the curriculum provides an excellent background in both agriculture and teaching methods.

Agricultural education students at UCM can expect more than just four years of classwork. The Department of Agriculture 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.

Employment Opportunities

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 Office of Career Services assists students and graduates in obtaining employment. In addition, the Department of Agriculture 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.

Faculty and Facilities

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.

Student Involvement

UCM's agriculture students participate in a number of departmentally 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.

The Agriculture Student Advisory Board, elected by the student body, meets regularly with the faculty and provides important student input into the departmental decision-making process.


In addition to more than $4 million in merit-based scholarships and awards presented annually to UCM students by the university, the Department of Agriculture offers a number of awards specifically for agriculture majors. These include the Ag Partner's, E.F. Low, Earle and Clara Low, Farm Bureau, Missouri Department of Agriculture, Clarence Pearce Agriculture Education, William Forrest Sterling, and Theiss Family Scholarships. For More Information To learn more, write to the Department of Agriculture, Grinstead 126, UCM, Warrensburg, MO 64093; email; visit the department's web site at; or call 660-543-4579.

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