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Agricultural and Extension Education

Over the next three decades, the global population is expected to grow by approximately two billion people, creating a greater demand for food production and emphasizing the critical need for worldwide agriculture education. Our program is preparing future leaders to fill that need.

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One of only three Agricultural and Extension Education programs in the northeast

Overview

What is Agricultural and Extension Education at WVU like?

Description

The Agricultural and Extension Education program will prepare you for agricultural teaching, extension, production and technical agriculture positions or other professional employment in government, industry or entrepreneurship where competence in communications and leadership is required. This program meets the needs of a growing industry, evidenced by high employment rates.

In this program, you can choose one of three areas of emphasis – agriculture teacher education, extension education or agricultural and environmental technology.

And, while you'll graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary succeeding in those areas, you will also be ready to take on other career paths – from marketing and selling to research and development.

At a Glance

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Areas of Emphasis

Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:

  • Agricultural Teacher Education
    Prepares students to meet the requirements for certification by the West Virginia Department of Education.
  • Agricultural and Environmental Technology
    Allows the flexibility to design a curriculum to meet specific requirements of the student's field of interest (e.g., agronomy).
  • Extension Education
    Prepares students with the basic courses needed to enter the profession as an extension agent/educator.

Fast Facts

What makes Agricultural and Extension Education at WVU unique?


Research and Academic Opportunities

  • Students can work with faculty and participate as presenters at the American Association for Agricultural Educators Regional meeting.
  • Typically, teachers must go through a special training to become certified to teach curriculum for agricultural science education (CASE). Our students have the unique advantage of earning their CASE certification as they earn their degree.

Transfer Articulation Agreements

In addition to guaranteed admission agreements WVU has transfer articulation agreements with:

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Careers

What can you do with this degree?

Our graduates pursue many career paths:

Education: high school agriculture teacher, county extension agent, middle school agriculture teacher, principals (middle school and/or high school) and college/university instructor/professor.

Government: Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, state soil conservation services, state departments of agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture and state beef councils.

Business: Graduates have gone to positions as farmers/ranchers, farm managers, meat inspectors, owners/operators of nursery or landscape companies, field supervisors for poultry producers, managers at Farm Supply Agency, managers for livestock breeders and jobs in sales, marketing or public relations. Graduates have also found employment at Farm Credit Agency and artificial insemination companies (or DNA companies).

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Agricultural and Extension Education major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.

Employers

Graduates from this major have gone to work at:

Courses

What are the courses like in Agricultural and Extension Education at WVU?

Major Map

Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's Agricultural and Extension Education major.

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For a program overview, learning goals and course descriptions, visit the course catalog.

Popular Courses

AGEE 101:
Global Food and Agricultural Industry

Examination of the history and current developments, structures, functions, and importance of the international food and agricultural industry; issues, concerns and interrelationships and their impacts on American agriculture and society.

AGEE 220:
Group Organization and Leadership

Study of the impact of leaders and organized groups on societies. Role of groups in conveying cultural norms. Principles and techniques involved in forming and directing organizations in providing effective leadership.

AGEE 421:
Agricultural and Natural Resource Communications

Procedures and practices in developing, interpreting, and communicating agricultural and natural resource information; emphasis on visual materials and effective presentations. (3 hr. lec.)

Cost and Aid

How much does Agricultural and Extension Education at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $411
Per Semester $4,932
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,864
Non-Resident
Per Credit $1,091
Per Semester $13,092
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,184
International
Per Credit $1,091
Per Semester $13,392
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,784
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Ways to Save

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Merit-based Scholarships

Incoming freshmen to the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design may qualify for merit-based scholarships based on GPA and SAT/ACT test score. No additional application is necessary. These scholarships are in addition to University scholarships.

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Academic Common Market

In-state tuition for Agricultural and Extension Education is available through the Southern Regional Education's Academic Common Market for students from:

  • Delaware
  • Maryland

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Ohio Tuition Reciprocity

As the result of a special agreement, students from Ohio who are fully admitted to Agricultural and Extension Education can enroll at WVU and pay in-state tuition rates. Students must be admitted to both the University and this major.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements Agricultural and Extension Education has transfer articulation agreements with:

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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Requirements

What are the requirements to apply for Agricultural and Extension Education at WVU?

University Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Agricultural and Extension Education major, you must first meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

Next Steps

I like this major. What are the next steps?

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