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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Agricultural and Extension Education

University Park, College of Agricultural Sciences (AEE)

PROFESSOR JOHN C. EWING, Program Coordinator

This major helps prepare students for positions in education in agriculture, including schools and colleges, Cooperative Extension, business, trade and professional associations, and government agencies. The Department administers a program approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the preparation of agriculture teachers in public school systems. This includes programs in agricultural production, mechanics, supplies, resources, products, forestry, horticulture, and other agricultural areas.

Students take courses in agricultural and natural resource sciences, leadership and communications, natural science, social science and general education. Students seeking teacher certification schedule professional courses in education and psychology.

Pennsylvania Teacher certification regulations require students to have a GPA of 3.0; either pass a series of PECT PAPA/PRAXIS pre-certification teacher examinations or provide evidence of qualifying Scholastic Achievement Test or American College Test Plus Writing scores as specified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education; and complete an approved Educator Preparation Program. The Educator Preparation Program at Penn State includes documentation of at least 80 hours of volunteer or paid education work experience with learners of the age group the candidate plans to teach. At least 40 of these age-appropriate 80 hours must be with learners whose cultural, social, or ethnic backgrounds differ from the candidate's own; completion of an early field experience specified by the certification program; completion of at least 48 semester credit hours, including ENGL 015 or ENGL 030, 3 credits of literature, and 6 credits of quantification and secure occupational experience in the requested area of certification. (See also: Teacher Education Programs)

For students seeking teacher certification, the B.S. degree in Agricultural and Extension Education, a minimum of 125-129 credits is required. For students selecting the Leadership Development and Communications option, a minimum of 122 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(13-22 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin for additional information)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 2-14 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 76-104 credits
(This includes 13-22 credits of General Education courses: 22 for the teacher certification options--6 credits of GS courses; 9 credits of GN courses; 4 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GWS courses; and 13 credits for the non-teacher certification option--6 credits of GS courses; 4 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 19 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (19 credits)
AG BM 101 GS(3), BIOL 110 GN(4), ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
AEE 311(3), INTAG 100 GS;IL(3) (Sem: 5-6)
AEE 495(3) (Sem: 7-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 57-85 credits

TEACHER CERTIFICATION OPTIONS

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE OPTION: (85 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (48 credits)
AGRO 028(3), AN SC 201(4), ASTRO 001 GN(3), CHEM 101 GN(3), CHEM 202(3), PHYS 001 GN(3) (Sem: 1-2)
EDPSY 014(3)[1], EDTHP 115 US(3)[1], WF ED 413(3) (Sem: 2-7)
AEE 100(3), AEE 295(1)[1], SOILS 101 GN(3), STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-4)
AEE 313(2)[1], AEE 412(4)[1], AEE 413(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (7 credits)
BIOL 220W GN(4), BIOL 230W GN(4), or BIOL 240W GN(4) (Sem: 2-7)
A S M 101(3) or A S M 217(3) (Sem: 3-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (30 credits)
Select 3 credits of W courses offered in the College (Sem:1-7)
Select 6 credits in biological, physical ecosystems (Sem: 1-7)
Select 6 credits in environmental impact management (Sem: 1-7)
Select 6 credits in environmental learning (Sem: 1-7)
Select 6 credits in social, political, and legal aspects of environmental science (Sem: 1-7)
Select 3 credits in agricultural systems management (Sem: 3-4)

PRODUCTION OPTION: (80 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (41 credits)
ASTRO 001 GN(3), CHEM 101 GN(3), CHEM 202(3), PHYS 001 GN(3) (Sem: 1-2)
AEE 100(3), AEE 295(1)[1], STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-4)
EDPSY 014(3)[1], EDTHP 115(3)[1], SOILS 101 GN(3), WF ED 413(3) (Sem: 2-7)
AEE 313(2)[1], AEE 412(4)[1], AEE 413(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (4 credits)
BIOL 220W GN(4), BIOL 230W GN(4), or BIOL 240W GN(4) (Sem: 2-7)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (35 credits)
Select 3 credits of W courses offered in the College (Sem:1-7)
Select 14 credits in agriculture (Sem: 1-7)
Select 6 credits in animal science (Sem: 1-7)
Select 6 credits in plant/soil science (Sem: 1-7)
Select 6 credits in agricultural systems management (Sem: 3-6)

NON-TEACHER CERTIFICATION OPTION

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS OPTION: (57 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
AEE 360(3)[1], AEE 460(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
AEE 465(3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS: (48 credits)
Select 3 credits of W courses offered in the College (Sem:1-7)
From an approved department list select the following:
Select 6 credits of communications courses in consultation with adviser (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits of moral and ethical dimensions of leadership courses in consultation with adviser (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits of leadership style courses in consultation with adviser (Sem: 1-8)
Select 6 credits of global and multicultural perspective courses in consultation with adviser (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits of Animal Science courses in consultation with adviser (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits of Soil and Plant Science courses in consultation with adviser (Sem: 1-8)
Select 3 credits of Agricultural Business Management and/or Rural Sociology courses in consultation with adviser (Sem: 1-8)
Select 12 credits of Natural Resources courses in consultation with adviser (Sem: 1-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2011

Blue Sheet Item #: 40-01-001

Review Date: 8/16/2011

R & T: 01/14/2014

UCA Revision #1: 8/2/06

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