Agricultural and Extension Education, B.S.

Program Code: AEE_BS

Entrance to Major

Pennsylvania Teacher certification regulations require students to have a GPA of 3.0; satisfactorily complete any basic-skills or entrance testing requirements as specified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in force at the time of application for entrance to the major; 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 15 or ENGL 30H, 3 credits of literature, and 6 credits of quantification and secure occupational experience in the requested area of certification. (See also: Teacher Education Programs)

Degree Requirements

For students seeking teacher certification, the Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Extension Education, a minimum of 123-128 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Requirements for the Major 100-105

22 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 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.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
AEE 100Agricultural Education Orientation3
AEE 311Developing Youth Leadership through Organization and Program Structure3
AEE 349Shop Processes for Agricultural Educators3
AEE 350Teaching Methods for Agricultural and Environmental Laboratories3
AEE 495Internship12
AGBM 101Economic Principles of Agribusiness Decision Making Keystone/General Education Course3
BIOL 110Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course4
CHEM 101Introductory Chemistry Keystone/General Education Course3
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
INTAG 100Introduction to International Agriculture Keystone/General Education Course3
SOILS 101Introductory Soil Science Keystone/General Education Course3
STAT 200Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course4
WFED 413Vocational Education for Special-Needs Learners3
WFED 414Teaching Career and Technical Education Content to Diverse Learners3
WFED 450Cultural Diversity in the Workplace3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
AEE 295Observation of Teaching in Agriculture and Environmental Science2
AEE 313School-Based Program Planning and Instructional Development2
AEE 412Methods of Teaching Agriculture and Environmental Science4
AEE 413Program Planning and Instructional Development3
EDPSY 14Learning and Instruction Keystone/General Education Course3
EDTHP 115Education in American Society Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
Select 4 credits of the following:4
Biology: Populations and Communities Keystone/General Education Course
Biology: Molecules and Cells Keystone/General Education Course
Biology: Function and Development of Organisms Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 3 credits of W courses offered in the College3
Requirements for the Option
Select an option20-25

Requirements for the Option

Environmental Science Option (25 Credits)
Prescribed Courses
AGRO 28Principles of Crop Management3
ANSC 201Animal Science4
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 3 credits in biological, physical ecosystems3
Select 6 credits in environmental impact management6
Select 6 credits in environmental learning6
Select 3 credits in social, political, and legal aspects of environmental science3
Production Option (20 credits)
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 8 credits in agriculture8
Select 6 credits in animal science6
Select 6 credits in plant/soil science6

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Students will be able to analyze the needs of a particular educational situation, formulate a plan for program delivery, critically review and reflect on the program and implement changes.
  2. Students will be able to engage stakeholders in the development of quality educational programming.
  3. Students will be able to meet the criteria for teacher certification in Pennsylvania, as measured by the Pennsylvania Department of Education 430 form criteria (planning, instruction, classroom environment, professional development).
  4. Students will show competence in content knowledge required by the state certification office by successfully passing the Agriculture PRAXIS examination.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

John Ewing
Associate Professor
215 Ferguson Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-7463
jce122@psu.edu

Suggested Academic plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Environmental Science Option: Agricultural and Extension Education, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15‡#†3BIOL 220W, 230W, or 240W4
General Education Course (GQ - MATH 21 recommended)‡#†3CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C‡†3
BIOL 110#†4EDTHP 115*#3
AG 1502SOILS 1013
AEE 100#3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course (Literature Selection)#3General Education Course3
 18 17.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 101#3ENGL 202C‡†3
AGRO 283STAT 200‡#†4
AGBM 1013Environmental Learning Course13
EDPSY 14*#3Social, Legal, Political Aspects13
Environmental Learning Course13General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course3 
 18 14.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
WFED 4133ANSC 2014
AEE 3113INTAG 1003
College Writing Across the Curriculum Course13WFED 4143
Environmental Impact Management13AEE 295*1
General Education Course 3AEE 3493
General Education Course3Environmental Impact Management13
 18 17
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AEE 412*4AEE 313*2
AEE 413*3AEE 49510
AEE 295*1 
AEE 3503 
WFED 4503 
Biological/Physical Ecosystems Course3 
 17 12
Total Credits 132

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Advising Notes:

  • 3.00 GPA required before admission into teacher certification program.
  • A literature course is required in order to receive a teaching certification.  Please see an academic adviser for a listing of literature courses.  This course can be used toward fulfillment of GH requirements.

Production Option: Agricultural and Extension Education, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15‡#†3BIOL 220W, 230W, or 240W4
General Education Course (GQ - MATH 21 recommended)‡#†3CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C‡†3
BIOL 110#†4EDTHP 115*#3
AEE 100#3SOILS 1013
AG 1502General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course (Literature Selection)#3General Education Course3
 18 17.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 101#3ENGL 202C‡†3
AGBM 1013STAT 200‡#†4
EDPSY 14*#3WFED 4143
Plant/Soil Science Course13General Education Course3
General Education Course3 
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 16.5 13
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
WFED 4133INTAG 1003
AEE 3113WFED 4503
College Writing Across the Curriculum Course13AEE 295*1
Animal Science Course13AEE 3493
Ag Course13Animal Science Course13
Elective 2Plant/Soil Science Course13
 17 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AEE 412*4AEE 313*2
AEE 413*3AEE 49510
AEE 295*1 
AEE 3503 
Ag Course13 
Ag Course12 
 16 12
Total Credits 126

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Advising Notes:

  • 3.00 GPA required before admission into teacher certification program.
  • A literature course is required in order to receive a teaching certification.  Please see an academic adviser for a listing of literature courses.  This course can be used toward fulfillment of GH requirements.

Environmental Science Option: Agricultural and Extension Education, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15‡#†3BIOL 220W, 230W, or 240W4
General Education Course (GQ - MATH 21 recommended)‡#†3CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C‡†3
BIOL 110#†4Environmental Learning Course13
EDTHP 115*#3General Education Course (Literature Selection)#3
First Year Seminar1-3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course3 
 17-19 14.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 101#3ENGL 202C‡†3
AGBM 1013STAT 200‡#†4
EDPSY 14*#3SOILS 1013
Biological, Physical Ecosystems Course13General Education Course3
Social, Policial, Legal Aspects Course13General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course3 
 18 14.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
WFED 4133ANSC 2014
AEE 3113INTAG 1003
AGRO 283WFED 4143
AEE 100#3AEE 295*1
Environmental Impact Management13AEE 3493
College Writing Across the Curriculum Course13Environmental Impact Management13
 18 17
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AEE 412*4AEE 313*2
AEE 413*3AEE 49510
AEE 295*1 
AEE 3503 
WFED 4503 
 14 12
Total Credits 125-127

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes:

  • 3.00 GPA required before admission into teacher certification program.
  • A literature course is required in order to receive a teaching certification.  Please see an academic adviser for a listing of literature courses.  This course can be used toward fulfillment of GH requirements.

Production Option: Agricultural and Extension Education, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15‡#†3BIOL 220W, 230W, or 240W4
General Education Course (GQ - MATH 21 recommended)‡#†3CAS 100‡†3
EDTHP 115*#3EDPSY 14*#3
BIOL 110#†4Ag Course13
First Year Seminar1-3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course3 
 17-19 14.5
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 101#3ENGL 202C‡†3
STAT 200‡#†4SOILS 1013
AGBM 1013Plant/Soil Science Course13
General Education Course3Animal Science Course13
General Educaton Course3General Education Course (Literature Selection)#3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 17.5 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
WFED 4133INTAG 1003
AEE 100#3WFED 4143
AEE 3113WFED 4503
College Writing Across the Curriculum Course13AEE 295*1
Plant/Soil Science Course13AEE 3493
 Ag Course13
 Animal Science Course13
 15 19
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AEE 412*4AEE 313*2
AEE 413*3AEE 49510
AEE 295*1 
AEE 3503 
Ag Course13 
 14 12
Total Credits 124-126

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes:

  • 3.00 GPA required before admission into teacher certification program.
  • A literature course is required in order to receive a teaching certification.  Please see an academic adviser for a listing of literature courses.  This course can be used toward fulfillment of GH requirements.

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Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS, SOCIOLOGY, AND EDUCATION
215 Ferguson Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-7463
jce122@psu.edu

http://aese.psu.edu/majors/aee