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.
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
Starting Salaries: $35,000 - $50,000
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
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.
What 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.
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 for Teacher Education Students
Student Teaching, Job Placement and Grad School
More than 95% of U of M Crookston teacher education 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.
They’re a great way to gain real-world experiences, and receive valuable experience teaching and working with children/students in classroom settings of diverse school districts and early childhood education programs.
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.
The UMN Crookston Teacher Education Unit is accredited by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB). To ensure continuous program and unit-level approvals, the Teacher Education Unit is required to complete two reviews with PELSB:
Program Effectiveness Report for Continuing Approval (PERCA) Review
PERCA review is required and completed biennial to provide evidence to PELSB and public that licensure programs are compliant to established standards and produce graduates who have mastered the competencies needed to be effective beginning teachers. The UMN Crookston Teacher Education Unit is on an even year review cycle (i.e. June 2016, June 2018, June 2020, June 2022, June 2024, etc.). The PERCA report is submitted by October prior to the June expiration year. This allows the opportunity for two reviews by the Program Review Panel (PRP) if needed (February and April). Submission by December assures the opportunity for one review by the PRP if needed (April).
Institutional/Unit On-Site Review
Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) conducts on-site visits every 5 – 7 years to ensure accuracy and completeness of the self-study report and to verify the institutional/unit’s compliance to the standards of Minnesota Rules Part 8705.1000 subpart 2 – 10. The UMN Crookston Teacher Education Unit’s last on-site review was in fall 2018. The Teacher Education Unit received full continuing approval effective until June 30, 2024. The next on-site review will be scheduled for the fall of 2024.
For additional information on enrollments and completion rate, refer to the Title II Reports.