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Agriculture Education

Agricultural Education implements inquiry-based learning in the classroom and career exploration through work study and supervised agricultural experience programs. It develops leadership skills such as public speaking, teamwork, organization and civic service through the intracurricular implementation of FFA.

Students who participate in agricultural education programs graduate with the skills necessary to become productive citizens who will succeed in postsecondary education or the workforce.

Possible Careers

  • High School Agriscience Teacher
  • Ag Literacy Coordinator
  • Agricultural Education Professor
  • Farm Business Management Instructor
  • 2-year Technical College Agriculture Instructor
  • Adult Agricultural Education Instructor
  • Young Farmer Instructor
Why Choose Agriculture-Teacher Certification at WIU?

It has a storied heritage of being a strong teacher-education program that upholds academic excellence, educational opportunities, personal growth, and social responsibility. The curriculum possesses a field-based experience in every course allowing students to have a first-hand glimpse of the teaching profession. Over the years, the program has established an 80% placement rate among its graduates and 68% of the placed graduates are still teaching today. Graduates are prepared to provide effective, innovative instructional methods to motivate students to pursue their interests in the agriculture field as well as other careers.


Doug Nelson '10

In only his third year of teaching, Western Illinois University alumnus Doug Nelson (Altona, IL) has already achieved two goals he originally wanted to achieve in his first 10 years of teaching agricultural education at the high school level. read more

Jay Solomonson '02

Jay Solomonson decided to become an agricultural educator because he wanted to make a difference in students' lives. As an agricultural education instructor and FFA adviser at Orion (IL) High School, the Western Illinois University alumnus is doing just that. read more

At A Glance

  • Degrees Available: Bachelor of Science
  • Minor: Yes
  • Graduate Degree: No
  • Campus: Macomb
  • Study Opportunities: GradTrac, Honors, Teacher Certification, Graduate Studies


School of Agriculture
Knoblauch Hall 145
1 University Drive
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-1080
Fax: (309) 298-2280

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