Agricultural Education provides broad preparation in agricultural sciences and professional education, including communications and human relations skills. In addition to required courses, students may select a minor (see Minors ).
The Bachelor's degree prepares students for professional education positions in the mainstream of agriculture, including teaching, cooperative extension service, and government agricultural agencies. The Agricultural Education degree also prepares students for other educational work, such as agricultural missionary, public relations, and training officers in agricultural industry.
In consultation with the departmental advisor, students choose one of the following emphasis areas: Communications, Leadership, or Teaching.
Admission to Teaching Emphasis Students
Professional application to the professional level of a program is processed during the term in which a candidate is to complete 60 semester hours of work. At that time, the candidate is notified of his/ her status. Prior to admission, the candidate must have passed all areas of the Praxis CORE and have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.75. A candidate may exempt the CORE by meeting minimum ACT or SAT requirements as determined by the South Carolina Department of Education.
Directed Teaching/Teaching Internship
A candidate shall apply to the field experience director prior to the semester in which block methods courses are scheduled. The following conditions must be met prior to registration for directed teaching: (1) admission to the professional level of a program; (2) completion of at least 95 semester hours; (3) a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75.