College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education
The agricultural education major prepares students to become teachers and FFA advisors in high schools and technical education centers. Ag teachers can teach a wide variety of subjects, including animal science, horticulture, welding and metals, woodshop, leadership courses, and other elective classes. They receive high-quality training at USU and job placement for agriculture teachers is extremely high across the state and the nation.
In addition to courses in agricultural education, the curriculum includes courses in technical agriculture areas, including agricultural economics; agricultural mechanization; animal, dairy, and veterinary sciences; plant and soil science; and natural resources.
In order to obtain a secondary teaching license for grades 6-12, students must complete the 35-credit Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP), which includes one semester of student teaching in a public school. This program is administered by USU’s School of Teacher Education and Leadership (TEAL) within the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. Student must apply to the School of TEAL the semester before taking STEP courses. This is usually the fall of their junior year. Students learn subject content through the School of Applied Sciences, Technology, and Education and spend the last year or two studying education techniques through the STEP program.
Note: alternatively, competency requirements may be fulfilled though testing. See General Education Requirements for further information).
Students must complete a minimum of 18 credits in breadth courses, including one course from each of the six catagories (BAI, BCA, BHU, BLS, BPS, and BSS). At least two of these six courses must have a USU prefix. The following courses are suggested for students in the Agricultural Education major:
Two Communications Intensive (CI) courses and one Quantitative Intensive (QI) course are required.
- and will fulfill the Communications Intensive (CI) requirement
- ADVS 4560 will fulfill the Quantitative Intensive (QI) requirement
Students in the Agricultural Education major must also take one Depth Humanities and Creative Arts (DHA) course and one Depth Social Sciences (DSS) course.
For admission into the Secondary Teacher Education Program, students will need to meet minimum grade requirements, found at teal.usu.edu/htm/undergraduate-programs/seced/adstep.
In addition, students must complete the following courses in preparation for teacher licensure: