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Agricultural Education: Undergraduate Programs

Overview: 

The Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Technology Management and Education is composed of four options:

  • Agricultural Systems Management option
  • Agricultural Technology Management option
  • Leadership and Communication option
  • Teaching option
Agricultural Systems Management

The Agricultural Systems Management option is a unique academic program designed to meet the educational needs of the specialized agricultural economy in Yuma County.

Agricultural Technology Management

The Agricultural Technology Management option offers preparation in agricultural technology, environmental protection, communication, business, and economics.  The six focus areas include: controlled environment agriculture; field crop production and management; information systems; ornamental landscaping/horticulture management; turf grass management; and animal agriculture.

Leadership and Communication

The Leadership and Communication option prepares students to become effective leaders, ambassadors, and advocates for the agriculture industry at the local, state, national, and international levels.

Teaching

The Teaching option prepares students for certified teaching careers at the secondary school or community college level.  Preparation includes coursework in the basic sciences, agricultural sciences and technology, communications, and knowledge and application of the principles and techniques of the teaching and learning process through professional education coursework.

The Teaching option includes coursework which meets or exceeds the requirements for Arizona secondary school teacher certification in agricultural education.  Students who plan to graduate in the Teaching option must be admitted to the program prior to enrolling in professional education coursework.  Admission requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0, satisfactory completion of an application, and satisfactory participation in a faculty interview.

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

Student Learning Outcomes for the Agricultural Technololgy Management & Education Undergraduate Major

 

1. Students recognize safe practices in classroom and laboratory learning environments.

2. Students adopt and demonstrate the use of personal protective equipment in laboratory learning environments.

3. Students select the appropriate process for fdevelopment and fabrication of projects.

4.Studens calculate input costs for completion of constructed projects.

5. Students perform self-assessment of ability to complete skill-development tasks.

6. Students work in groups to perform tasks.

 

Agricultural Systems Management

  • Development in progress

Agricultural Technology Management

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate safe practices when operating tools and equipment.
  2. Students will be able to identify and select tools and equipment to perform specific operations.
  3. Students will be able to construct a project using equipment, materials, and tools.
  4. Students will be able to calculate input costs for the completion of constructed projects.
  5. Students will be able to self-assess their ability to perform skill-related tasks.
  6. Students will be able to work cooperatively with others.
  7. Students will be able to identify unsafe conditions in a laboratory or workplace.

Leadership and Communication

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate current professional knowledge sufficient to effectively work in teams when completing an assigned task.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate comprehension of the heritage and traditions of the University of Arizona.
  3. Students will be able to implement strategies for the management and organization of youth groups in agriculture.
  4. Students will be able to apply appropriate principles and processes of knowledge diffusion and methods of transferring technology to various groups.
  5. Students will be able to design, plan, and implement instructional strategies and principles within workshop presentations and other facilitation settings.
  6. Students will be able to apply appropriate leadership principles and practices in various situations, real and contrived.

Teaching

(Adapted from the Arizona Professional Teacher Standards; aligned with departmental program competencies)

  1. Designs and plans instruction that develops learners' abilities to meet academic standards and the district's assessment plan.
  2. Creates and maintains a learning climate that supports the development of learners' abilities to meet academic standards.
  3. Implements and manages instruction that develops learners' abilities to meet academic standards.
  4. Assesses learning and communicates results to learners, parents and other professionals with respect to learners' abilities to meet academic standards.
  5. Collaborates with colleagues, parents, the community and other agencies to design, implement, and support learning programs that develop learners' abilities to meet academic standards and transition from school to work or post-secondary education.
  6. Reviews and evaluates his or her overall performance and implements a professional development plan.
  7. Possesses general academic knowledge as demonstrated by the attainment of a bachelor's degree; possesses specific academic knowledge in the subject area sufficient to develop learner knowledge and performance to meet academic standards.
  8. Demonstrates current professional knowledge sufficient to effectively design and plan instruction, implement and manage instruction, create and maintain an appropriate learning environment, and assess learners' knowledge.
Assessment Activities: 

Activities

Agricultural Systems Management

 

Agricultural Technology Management
  • AGTM 100 Personal & Laboratory Safety Assessment
Leadership and Communication

 

Teaching

Findings

Agricultural Systems Management

 

Agricultural Technology Management
  • Personal & Laboratory Assessment in AGTM course
Leadership and Communication

 

Teaching

Changes

Agricultural Systems Management

 

Agricultural Technology Management

 

Leadership and Communication

 

Teaching
Assessment Findings: 

Agricultural Technology Managment

  • 100% of undergraduate students achieved a score of 91% or higher on a personal & laboratory safety assessment activity during fall 2016.
Change in Response to Findings: 

Agricultural Technology Management

  • Adopt and implement the Personal & Laboratory Safety Assessment for spring AGTM laboratory courses.
Updated date: Thu, 12/01/2016 - 07:46