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Agriculture Education

2011 Agricultural Education Handbook

Why Teach Agriculture?

Agricultural Education at Illinois State

ISU Teacher Education

Spring 2012 Ag Ed Graduates

Tips for Transfer Students

Agriculture is a thriving industry.  From companies providing input supplies to the fast-paced distribution and retail food industry, the demand for entry level workers is strong.  Providing high quality entry level workers begins in the classroom.  Those classrooms need quality teachers. Whether your career goals lie in the classroom or elsewhere, consider agricultural education.

Need help figuring out what classes to take? Use the Advising Audit sheets to help!

Opportunities abound! 

  • High school and Junior high school teachers
  • Agriculture In The Classroom coordinators
  • Trainers and training managers in agribusinesses
  • Extension educators
  • And a variety of jobs in agribusinesses


  • Plant & soil science
  • Agribusiness management
  • Ag mechanics and technology
  • Horticulture
  • Animal science
  • Teaching principles and methods


  • Collegiate FFA
  • Post-Secondary Ag Student Organization
  • NAMA
  • Horticulture Club
  • Agricultural Ambassadors


  • Interpersonal skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Management skills
  • Organization skills
  • Communication skills
  • Content knowledge


  • Meeting new friends
  • Learning new skills
  • Exploring new hobbies
  • Seeing new places
  • Exploring your future!

Learn more about Agriculture Education.

Download our brochure to see all of the opportunities available in Agriculture Education at Illinois State.

To set up a visit or for more information, please contact:

Dr. Richard Steffen
(309) 438-8084


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Illinois State University

Department of Agriculture
Normal, Il 61790-5020
Phone: (309) 438-5654

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