Agricultural and Extension Education
The Agricultural and Extension Education Program prepares students for agricultural teaching, extension, production and technical agriculture positions, or other professional employment in government, industry or entrepreneurship where competence in communications and leadership are required. Each student has the opportunity to choose one of two areas of emphasis – agriculture teacher education or extension, leadership and communications.
Graduates have found jobs in the fields of extension and teaching, as well as The West Virginia Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Credit, Farm Service Agency, and state and municipal environmental management agencies. Others enter the private sector or become entrepreneurs in farming, agribusiness and landscaping.
Sample Course Schedules
Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.
Freshman YearAGEE 102 Educational Colloquium in AGEE AGEE 293 Special Topics AGEE 103 Basics of Ag Mechanization A&VS 251 Principles of Animal Science ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric
Senior YearAGEE 441 Methods in Extension Education POLS 220 State and Local Government AGEE 431 Adult Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources AGEE 440 Principles of Cooperative Extension
By the Numbers
Facts and figures that make this major unique:
- The WVU Soils Team took second-place honors at the 2015 National Collegiate Soils Contest. It was WVU's seventh top-10 finish in the last ten years.
- Becca Swope, a senior in Agricultural and Extension Education from Salem, Ohio, tied for 17th place at the 2015 National Collegiate Soils Contest.
- About 94% of agriculture education teachers in West Virginia are Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design graduates.
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
West Virginia University is fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Agricultural and Environmental Education Program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
Jason Hughes was named the West Virginia Teacher of the Year in 2005. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at WVU, both in agricultural and environmental education. “I have always been proud to say that I am a native of West Virginia,” says Mr. Hughes, who teaches agriculture and serves as FFA advisor at St. Marys High School. “It gives me great pride to know that I graduated from WVU and that I am connected to this state and the countless number of alumni.”
Mitch, a native of Tallmansville, W.Va., spent a semester abroad in Accra, Ghana, and interned with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, observing local extension agents. He also was a graduate teaching assistant at WVU, helping to teach classes such as Shop Theory and Methods.