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Agricultural Education, Communication and Leadership (B.S.) - Agricultural Education Specialization

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Inspire future generations of agriculturalists.

Agriculture education graduates are prepared for careers teaching agriculture, food and natural resources content. Graduates will qualify for a secondary teaching certificate and will also be prepared for a variety of careers in the agriculture industry.

Teaching agriculture and providing leadership for a local FFA chapter is a very rewarding and promising profession. A national shortage of agricultural educators, extending to many states across the country, means that numerous positions are available each year. 

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Interested in teaching agriculture and serving as an FFA Advisor.
  • Are involved in 4-H, FFA or other agricultural activities.
  • Possess strong leadership and communication skills.
  • Want to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in the future of agriculture; Interested in mentoring or working with youth.
  • Have an interest in multiple aspects of agriculture.

Career Opportunities

  • High school agricultural education teacher
  • 4-H youth programs
  • Extension services
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Ag sales representative

Recent Employers

  • South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa school districts
  • SDSU Extension
  • South Dakota technical institutes
  • Central Valley Cooperative
  • South Dakota Farmers Union
  • Crystal Valley

Internship Opportunities

  • SDSU Extension and 4-H
  • University of Minnesota Extension
  • Pipestone National Monument
  • Land O' Lakes
  • New Fashion Pork
  • McCrory Gardens

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.