Agricultural Education

Bachelor of Science (BS)

Agriculture is an important and wide-ranging industry across the globe, but especially in the U.S., where we are known to be leaders in innovation and production. If you are looking for an opportunity to utilize your skills and talents while having a chance to impact lives by educating others about this vital industry, consider a career in agricultural education. What sets the U of M Crookston apart in this area is that it is an institution with a rich, agricultural tradition that is known for experiential learning as well as an environment rich in technology. As a teacher, you'll have the opportunity to shape the future of agriculture and inspire the next generation.

Key Features

Key Features

UMN Crookston education programs are unique in how they embed licensure and certification
so that students can go directly from graduation to the workforce.

Graduates will obtain licensure to teach:

  • Grades 5-12 Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Science emphasis
  • Natural and Managed Environmental Science emphasis
  • Agricultural Systems Engineering Technology emphasis
  • Grades 9-12 Work-Based Learning

Extremely strong demand for agricultural education graduates for:

  • Teaching Middle School
  • Teaching High School
  • Teaching Farm Business Management
  • Teaching Environmental Education
  • Becoming an Extension Educator
  • Working in the Agri-business service industry

Students can participate in student activities including:

  • Minnesota's only Collegiate FFA Chapter
    The University of Minnesota Crookston is home to the only Collegiate FFA (CFFA) Chapter in Minnesota. They have the honor of having won a national Alpha Tau Alpha parliamentary procedure contest. The CFFA serves Region I chapter by assisting in hosting CDE’s. The CFFA encourages agricultural literacy by selling children’s books written by Gordon and Nancy Fredrickson about farming in the 1950’s.
  • NACTA (North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture)
    Many students compete in the North American Colleges and Teachers of America (NACTA) national competition which usually includes over ten contest areas. UMC commonly wins the sweepstakes award. UMC hosts the NACTA competition in April of 2016.
  • Numerous other agriculture and natural resources clubs
  • Crookston Student Association

Program Requirements & Curriculum

Program Requirements & Curriculum

To view current Agricultural Education, BS curriculum, visit our catalog site:
View Agricultural Education, BS curriculum

The Agricultural Education major offers three areas of emphasis:

  • Agricultural Science
  • Agricultural Systems Engineering Technology
  • Natural and Managed Environmental Education

Associated Clubs & Organizations

Associated Clubs & Organizations



Graduates from the University of Minnesota Crookston are well prepared for teaching careers. They graduate with licenses in 5th through 12th grade agricultural education and 9th through 12th grade work-based learning. Student teaching is always a major part of a future teacher’s education. Additionally, students will have spent over 100 hours in the classroom through a variety of field experiences. These experiences combined with other communications skills enhance the people skills needed to teach middle school students, high school students, work-based learning placed students or adults enrolled in farm management programs. Demand for educators continues to outpace teacher supply. Job seekers are commonly offered several positions from which to choose.

Students will have a choice of three emphasis areas to choose within the agricultural education major. All three will lead to licensure, but will give students a choice to develop a niche area that gives them an advantage over other job applicants. Agricultural education majors also commonly double major or choose a minor to further complement their cadre of skills.

The same set of “people skills” make graduates in agricultural education sought after by other career areas including extension education, environmental education, and the agri-business service industry. Demand is also very strong in these areas. Applicants are often faced with the decision of which area to choose upon graduation.

Students anticipating a major in agricultural education can anticipate choosing from a variety of careers including:

  • High school agricultural or natural resources education
  • Middle school agricultural or natural resources education
  • Adult farm business management education
  • Work-based learning student placement supervision and training
  • Extension education
  • Environmental education
  • Farm loan/finance officers
  • Sales of a wide variety of agricultural products
  • Agricultural consulting
  • International agricultural marketing

Student Stories

Student Stories

Charli Schocker

Studying abroad is much more than an opportunity for students to travel. For Charli Schocker, an Agricultural Education major from Hines, Minn., a learning abroad trip to New Zealand is proof. “I came to the U of M Crookston because of my experience on the campus through both FFA and 4-H,” she reflects. “And, the opportunity to study abroad in one of my goal destinations was ideal. I am so grateful for the trip, for the friends I made, and for the chance to learn not only about New Zealand but also about myself.” Learn more.


Lyle Westrom teachingWhat happens when you give students a real-life project that is hands-on and helps others? Professor Lyle Westrom's students teamed up with 2013 alumna Whitney (Lian) Rupprecht's FFA students from the Fertile Beltrami High School. High school and college students worked closely together preparing the high school students for successful interviews that are taking most of them on to the state competition. Learn more.


leaman and mills

Two UMC sophomores attended the Agriculture Future of America Leaders Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, November 3-6, 2016. Bailey Leaman, a sophomore Agricultural Education major from Mountain Lake, Minn., and Maggie Mills, a sophomore Communication major from Lake City, Minn., traveled to the conference designed for young agriculturists to create connections, earn scholarships, and most importantly prepare an elite group of college students for their careers in the agriculture and food industry. Learn more.

The UMC Advantage

The UMC Advantage

Small Campus. Big Degree.

Did you know a degree from the University of Minnesota is recognized all over the world? True story. As a system campus of the University of Minnesota system, the U of M Crookston offers access to world-class teaching, learning, and research resources—all in a smaller, more personal campus setting that’s very much like a private school. The University of Minnesota is internationally recognized and respected by not only intellectuals and academic movers and shakers, but major employers who want to hire the best and brightest—namely, you.

Learning and Doing

At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.

Caring Faculty and Staff

Our faculty and staff members are respected not only for their knowledge and skills, but also because they care about you as an individual. They serve as true mentors, offering personalized attention through small class sizes, a student-faculty ratio of 18:1, and by working closely with you as advisors. They take the time to welcome you to the UMC community, watch you grow as a leader and scholar, and help you connect with alumni and other experts.

A Technology-Rich Environment

At the U of M Crookston, we offer every student a laptop computer from day one. Everyone is tech-savvy, wi-fi is everywhere and learning happens in many ways, including simulations, applications and video presentations. It’s a virtual tech-topia! So, when you graduate, you’ll have all the latest technology skills, giving you a competitive edge. Employers consistently report the UMC graduates they hire are their “go to” people for technology and are well prepared for the demands of today’s technological workplace.

Internships, Job Placement and Grad School

More than 87% of U of M Crookston graduates gain full-time employment in their field or enroll in graduate or professional school within one year of graduation. That’s a fact. We’ll sure miss you when you graduate, but we know as a proud Golden Eagle alum, you’ll want to come back to cheer us on at homecoming or catch up with your favorite professors.

Internships. They’re a great way to earn college credit, add to your resume and help answer the question, “is this really what I want to do?” You can find internship opportunities with everyone from the business down the street to Fortune 500 companies. Or maybe grad school is in your future. U of M Crookston students get the educational requirements and resources they need to apply to an array of graduate programs from veterinary science to med school to an MBA program. Many go on for more education in a variety of other fields.

Opportunities for undergraduate research also add real value to your educational experience by allowing you to design and conduct research while working alongside faculty mentors. Research experience is especially helpful if you plan to attend graduate school.

One-Rate Tuition and Scholarship Options

Whether you live in Minnesota, just across the border, across the country, or on the other side of the ocean, you pay the same tuition rate, and the U of M Crookston’s tuition rate is a real value because it’s the lowest of the five campuses that make up the U of M system. Additionally, with merit-based scholarships guaranteed based on GPA and ACT scores and more than 300 specialty scholarships, we really do help make college affordable.

Leadership, Clubs and Athletics

Sure, college is about classes, studying, and research, but another important part of the experience involves professional development, creativity, leadership, and service. And let’s not forget about fun! With more than 40 student clubs and organizations, there’s something for every interest. Best of all, if you can’t find something from the existing list, grab a few friends and start a new club. It’s really just that easy…

In athletics, Golden Eagles shake things up on the court, the field, and on the sidelines. The U of M Crookston competes at the NCAA Division II level in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) as well as the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and offers a full range of men’s and women’s athletic programs.

A Diverse, Global Experience

The world really is a small place, and at U of M Crookston we value diversity. Our students bring rich experiences spanning six continents, and more than 20 countries and 40 states! We value diversity because it not only helps you better understand the world, it helps you understand yourself and how your piece fits into the puzzle of global society. Get involved in the many multicultural and international programs on campus, and you’ll see how easy it is to make friends from across the world.

Or choose one of our international programs. Study, intern, volunteer, play, explore – here or anywhere. Take your pick from more than 300 options in 67 countries. Don’t just learn it, live it.

On-Campus Faculty

On-Campus Faculty

Teaching Specialist
(218) 281-8348
(218) 281-8114
Professor, Faculty Athletic Representative
(218) 281-8110