Agricultural Education

In order to be recommended for your Minnesota 5-12 agricultural education and coordinator of work based learning teaching licenses, you must successfully complete these licensure requirements (Google Document). 

This major is designed to prepare students for Agricultural Education careers. While most graduates will pursue school-based Agricultural Education teaching positions in Minnesota or surrounding states, some may pursue related career paths. All graduates in Agricultural Education will complete a 12-week teaching internship to qualify for a Minnesota teaching license in grades 5-12 Agricultural Education and Coordinator of Work-Based Learning. Graduates leave the University of Minnesota prepared to teach agriscience, agribusiness, animal science, horticulture, food science, agricultural mechanics, and natural resource science.

Students may graduate from this program with a minimum 2.00 overall GPA, but a minimum 2.50 overall GPA is required for recommendation for Minnesota teaching licensure. All required courses in the major must be taken A-F with grades of C- or better; students who receive a grade below C- in a major course must repeat the course. Major course work is defined as all required courses listed in each major program including specialization courses, track courses, concentration courses, professional courses, and writing courses. The only courses not included in this policy are free electives and courses taken beyond those in the major coursework to satisfy liberal education requirements.

The major requires a broad study of agriculture, including plant science (horticulture, agronomy, plant pathology, and entomology), animal science, natural resources, soils, economics and agribusiness, agricultural mechanization, food science, foundations of education, foundations of agricultural education, and two semesters of field experience

Additional information about the Ag Ed major is available on this informational brochure (PDF).

Program requirements for Ag Ed can be found here. To see an individualized sample plan of what a four-year degree in Ag Ed could look like, review the "view sample plan" link on the right side of the catalog page.

If you are a student interested in applying, you can find more information on the CFANS Admissions website.


Undergraduate: Apply and teach agricultural, food, and natural resource sciences during field experiences in schools. Develop communication, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills. Help meet the demand for school-based agricultural education teachers that is expected to increase in the future, both in Minnesota and across the United States.

Master of Science: Graduate with an undergraduate degree such as agricultural communication & marketing, animal science, or natural resources, and complete this program to become licensed to teach agricultural education. Make a positive contribution to student’s lives, schools, and communities.

Major Coordinator

Amy Smith
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Academic Advisor

Marissa Caskey 
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Sarah Lindholm 
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