College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

Career & Technical Education

2

AG Minors

Required

$6B

Industry

in Training

200+

field hours

for hands-on experience

Restart your search

This degree will allow you to develop the skills and knowledge needed to create curriculum, training materials, advocacy campaigns, and communicate content in a variety of settings. 

Our program provides students with a practical international experience, multicultural training, and is considered a national leader in multiculturalism and multicultural education. The Agricultural Education courseload will help you become an agriculture advocate equipped with more than 200 hours of educating experience and a license in agricultural education.

Many of our students obtain a minor in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment because our program requires over 60 hours of coursework in various agricultural subject areas including animal science, plant science, economics and agriculture mechanics.

 

From Classrooms to Boardrooms...

There are three focus areas within this major:

  • Agricultural Industrial Education
    focuses on the training industry within corporate agriculture companies 
  • Agricultural Service and Advocacy Education
    focuses on building public support and/or global service toward an agricultural need
  • Agricultural Teacher Education (ATE)
    focuses on 5th to 12th grade teacher certification in agricultural science education

 

More than just a degree...

Agricultural Education graduates don’t just receive a degree. On top of gaining real educating experience in a classroom setting, learning how to adapt to formal and non-formal educational settings, and achieving proficiency in a variety of teaching methods, graduates attain their Rank III teaching certification in Agricultural Education.

 

Come See for Yourself 

To learn more about this program, campus life, and chat with an advisor, schedule a campus visit. Virtual visits may be necessary in some cases. 

 

"I’ve been able to find my dream career thanks to the Agricultural Education program. I had the opportunity to learn ‘people’ skills at the same time I was enrolled in turf management courses, and now I’m representing Dow AgriSciences at golf tournaments and trade shows. How can an avid amateur golfer do better than that?"

Robert

CTE Alum

Courses You Will Take

Access Major Map

source: myUK: GPS

Career and Technical Education (BS) 120 - 127 hours
Freshman Year
Sophomore Year
Junior Year
Senior Year
«
»

Total Freshman Year Credit Hours : 30 - 31

Fall Semester
15 - 16 Credit Hours
AED 110
3
AED 110 - INTRODUCTION TO CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

AED 110

3 credit hours

The history, status, philosophy, and objectives of career and technical education in relation to general education.

ASC 101
3
ASC 101 - DOMESTIC ANIMAL BIOLOGY

ASC 101

3 credit hours

The first in a sequence of two courses providing an introduction to the subject of animal science. Emphasis is placed on a fundamental understanding of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, reproduction, genetics and behavior of domestic animals.

Prereq: Fall semesters – Animal sciences majors. Spring semesters – Animal sciences majors and minors, Career and Technical Education majors, Equine Science and Management majors, or consent of instructor.

UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I
3
GEN 100
3
GEN 100 - ISSUES IN AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT

GEN 100

**UK Core - Community, Culture and Citizen**

3 credit hours

How do farmers in Kentucky impact families in California? How can the fashion industry curb the amount of plastic in our oceans? How does fast food affect sea life in the Gulf of Mexico? Whether we realize it or not, each of us has a relationship with agriculture, food and the environment. From race and gender, diet and lifestyles, tourism and evolving technologies, this course encourages you to recognize and think critically about the interconnected systems that affect all human life. By addressing these challenges, you will develop a greater appreciation for how you can positively impact our planet.

Prereq: This course is open to students enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment or those in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Residential College's Belle C. Gunn Living Learning Program. Freshman only in Fall semesters and transfer students only in Spring semesters.

UK Core - Quantitative Foundations
3 - 4
Spring Semester
15 Credit Hours
ASC 102
3
ASC 102 - INTRODUCTION TO LIVESTOCK AND POULTRY PRODUCTION

ASC 102

3 credit hours

An introduction to livestock and poultry production. Emphasis is placed on the application of anatomy, physiology, nutrition, feeds and feeding, reproduction, breeding and genetics, and behavior in the production and management of livestock and poultry in the U.S.

Prereq: ASC 101. Primary registration access limited to Animal Sciences majors and remaining seats open during secondary registration open to College of Agriculture, Food and Environment majors.

UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II
3
UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason
3
UK Core - Global Dynamics
3
UK Core - Arts and Creativity
3

Please login to http://myUK.uky.edu to access your major map and personalized degree audit via the myUK Graduation Planning System (myUK GPS).

Total Sophomore Year Credit Hours : 32

Fall Semester
15 Credit Hours
AED 362
3
AED 362 - FIELD EXPERIENCE IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

AED 362

3 credit hours

Early Field Experience teaching Career and Technical. Education. Programs include Ag Education and Familys.

EDP 203
3
EDP 203 - TEACHING EXCEPTIONAL LEARNERS IN REGULAR CLASSROOMS

EDP 203

3 credit hours

An introduction to the characteristics and instructional needs of exceptional learners is presented with an overview of principles, procedures, methods, and materials for adapting educational programs to accommodate the integration of exceptional children in regular classrooms, when appropriate. A field experience in a school or other educational agency is a required and basic part of the course. Lecture, three hours per week; laboratory, two hours per week for a maximum of six weeks.

Prereq: Successful completion of EDP 202 with an earned grade of C or higher.

ECO 201
3
ECO 201 - PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS I

ECO 201

3 credit hours

The study of the allocation of scarce resources from the viewpoint of individual economic units. Topics include household and firm behavior, competitive pricing of goods and resources, and monopoly power.

UK Core - Social Sciences
3
UK Core - Humanities
3
Spring Semester
17 Credit Hours
AEC 302
4
AEC 302 - AGRICULTURAL MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES

AEC 302

4 credit hours

A comprehensive study of economic principles and management tools useful in farm and agribusiness decision making. Utilizes a systems approach to the planning, implementation and control of the agricultural business. Specific attention to application of management and decision theory, economic principles used in decision making, and risk management strategies. Emphasis on planning the future course of the business, acquiring and managing the necessary resources, and establishing physical and financial control over the business. Lab incorporates microeconomic applications of management principles developed in lectures. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, two hours per week.

Prereq: "C" or better in ECO 201.

AED 371
3
AED 371 - ADVISING A CAREER AND TECHNICAL STUDENT ORGANIZATION

AED 371

3 credit hours

This course is designed to assist students in developing skills and competencies needed to plan, implement, advise, and evaluate a Career and Technical Student Organization as part of the total CTE program.

AEN 252
3
AEN 252 - FABRICATION AND CONSTRUCTION FOR TECHNICAL SYSTEMS

AEN 252

3 credit hours

Lecture, 1 hour; Laboratory, 4 hours. Wood and metal work, including reading engineering drawings, welding, power woodworking tools, soldering and pipe work.

Prereq: Major in agricultural education, or Individualized Agriculture Curriculum (TSM), or minor in TSM, or consent of instructor.

FAM 357
3
FAM 357 - ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT

FAM 357

3 credit hours

This course conducts an in-depth analysis of adolescent development and adjustments using an ecological, multi-contextual framework. The primary focus is on scholarship and empirical evidence from a number of disciplines that have direct bearing on the study of adolescent development, with a particular interest in applying a cross- cultural/national comparative lens. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

Prereq: Declared majors or minors in Dept. of Family Sciences, CTED or consent of the instructor.

PLS 366
4
PLS 366 - FUNDAMENTALS OF SOIL SCIENCE

PLS 366

4 credit hours

Study of the physical, chemical and biological properties of soils and how these properties relate to plant nutrient availability and plant growth, land- use planning and management issues, and soil and water quality issues. Lecture, three hours; laboratory, three hours.

Prereq: CHE 105.

Please login to http://myUK.uky.edu to access your major map and personalized degree audit via the myUK Graduation Planning System (myUK GPS).

Total Junior Year Credit Hours : 26 - 31

Fall Semester
15 - 16 Credit Hours
AED 580
3
AED 580 - FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

AED 580

3 credit hours

Course focuses on the foundation of teacher development including: effective teacher characteristics, principles of teaching and learning, and preparation of lesson plans.

Prereq: Admission into the Teacher Education Program. (Same as FCS 580.)

PLS 210 or PLS 386
3 - 4
AEN Class
3
ASC Class
3
UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math
3
Spring Semester
11 - 15 Credit Hours
AED 583
3
AED 583 - DESIGNING CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

AED 583

3 credit hours

Instructional methodology course focused on analyzing the principles of teaching and learning to design curriculum, instruction, and assessment for formal and non-formal educational settings. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

AEC Class
3
PLS Class
3
Agriculture Elective
1 - 3
Agriculture Elective
1 - 3

Please login to http://myUK.uky.edu to access your major map and personalized degree audit via the myUK Graduation Planning System (myUK GPS).

Total Senior Year Credit Hours : 22 - 33

Fall Semester
10 - 21 Credit Hours
AED 586
3
AED 586 - METHODS OF TEACHING CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

AED 586

3 credit hours

Development of teaching competencies with emphasis on: discussion, demonstration, problem-solving, cooperative learning, service learning methods.

Prereq: Admission into the Teacher Education Program and AED/FCS 580.

PLS Class
3
Agriculture Elective
1 - 3
Elective
1 - 4
Elective
1 - 4
Elective
1 - 4
Spring Semester
12 Credit Hours
AED 592
12
AED 592 - TEACHING EXPERIENCE IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

AED 592

12 credit hours

Planned and supervised practicum in teaching, extension, governmental agencies, etc. Requires the integration of observation skills, development and use of objectives, using instructional strategies, developing effective interpersonal skills, using appropriate communication skills, developing a portfolio, selecting instructional materials, and evaluating instruction. Regularly scheduled seminars included as integral part of course. May be repeated to a maximum of 12 credits.

Prereq or concur: FCS/AED 586 or consent of instructor.

Please login to http://myUK.uky.edu to access your major map and personalized degree audit via the myUK Graduation Planning System (myUK GPS).

Apply for Our Scholarships

In addition to automatic and competitive scholarships from the University of Kentucky, our students are also eligible for a variety of awards from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. With one of the largest college-based scholarship programs, we have awarded more than $3 million over the past four years. These awards are based on a variety of criteria such as hometown, major, career goals, high school extracurriculars, and more. 

The deadline to apply is December 1 January 15 for first-semester freshmen (extended for 2021-22 freshmen) and January 31 for current students and transfer students. For more information, click here

Miss the deadline? Need more funding? Browse other local, state, and national scholarships in our online college scholarship library

Living Learning Program

Named after UK's first female graduate, Belle C. Gunn, this first-year program is open to all University of Kentucky freshmen.  We seek students who, like Gunn, have passion and determination.  Through field trips, professional development workshops, and service programs, we apply student passions to global issues at the intersection of food, economics, and environment.  All students in this program will also enroll in connected courses, share study groups, and have an assigned peer mentor - all to help with the transition to college life. 

While all students will enjoy the same benefits, some events and projects will be geared toward students' preferences and career goals. Depending on interests, each student will join one of the following tracks: 

  • Food & Health 
  • Family & Community 
  • Nature & Landscapes 
  • Livestock & Equine 

All students participating in our living learning program will live in Woodland Glen IV, one of UK's newest residence halls.  To apply, select the "Agriculture, Food and Environment" living learning program while completing the housing application. For more information, visit the University of Kentucky Housing website

 

 

International Opportunities

Should you choose, you can gain international experience while earning credit towards your degree. We offer a variety of study, research, intern, and service abroad programs for all budgets and comfort levels. Some students have even earned grants and scholarships to fully fund their international experiences.

These programs are designed to broaden your mind and introduce you to unfamiliar ways of thinking and living. Ultimately, these experiences will make you a more competitive applicant in the global workforce. 

Pre-Med? Pre-Vet? Pre-Law?

Each year, many of our graduates attend professional schools in areas such as veterinary medicine, law, pharmacy, dentistry, and more. If you are interested in pursuing a similar path, we offer pre-professional advising services. 

Our pre-professional advisors will assist you with: 

  • Listing required courses for respective professional schools 
  • Scheduling pre-professional courses alongside your major requirements 
  • Suggesting supplemental coursework 
  • Connections to student organizations, volunteer work, shadowing experiences, etc.
  • Preparatory information for admission tests
  • Navigating the application process

Click here for more information.

Clubs & Organizations

Students can join organizations and clubs to learn outside the classroom, gain valuable work experience and develop their leadership skills. Many of our students are involved in:

National Association of Agricultural Educators
provide agricultural education for the global community through leadership advocacy and service

Agricultural Education Society
for students who are passionate about sharing the story of agriculture and serving affiliated youth organizations

Collegiate Farm Bureau
develop leadership abilities while learning about agricultural issues, philosophy and public policy.

Learn more about Clubs & Organizations in our college.


Imagine Your Future

High School Teachers

High school teachers teach academic lessons and various skills that students will need to attend college and to enter the job market.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$60,320

per year in 2018

Number of Jobs

1.07m

in 2018

10 Year Job Outlook

38,200

new jobs (average)


Imagine Your Future

Training and Development Managers

Training and development managers oversee staff and plan and coordinate programs to enhance the knowledge and skills of an organization’s employees.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$111,340

per year in 2018

Number of Jobs

37,800

in 2018

10 Year Job Outlook

3,100

new jobs (average)


Imagine Your Future

Sales Managers

Sales managers direct organizations' sales teams.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | Click the link for more info.

Median Salary

$124,220

per year in 2018

Number of Jobs

405,700

in 2018

10 Year Job Outlook

20,600

new jobs (average)