Undergraduate Students

To apply to our undergraduate program click here

Admissions will require a complete application. A complete application consists of:

  • Submitted application
  • Official high school transcripts (and/or college transcripts, if applicable)
  • Application processing fee
  • Test scores (ACT or SAT) are required for freshmen merit based scholarships or The Honors College consideration.
  • Admissions will complete a review before test scores are submitted, so please don't wait to apply!

Undergraduate Program Emphasis

The Department of Agricultural Education offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Technology Management and Education with an emphasis in the following areas:

Agricultural Education (ATMED - Teacher Certification)

The programs of study in agricultural education prepare students for entering careers in teaching agricultural education in 9th-12th grade classrooms. These positions require preparation in basic sciences, technical agriculture, knowledge of the principles and techniques of the teaching-learning process, communication skills and the ability to work with people.

Agricultural Leadership and Communication (AGL&C)

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

Agricultural Systems Management - Yuma Based (ASM)

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

Agricultural Technology Management (AGT)

This emphasis offers training 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.

Agricultural Leadership and Innovation 

This certificate program consists of 12 units. The courses can be completed during an undergraduate degree program or after an undergraduate degree program has been completed. Most of the courses required can be applied as degree credits. Please click on the certificate link above for more information.

Career and Technical Education Course Series, available at both the undergraduate and graduate level, is offered online for the professional educator, or for the future professional educator in a Career and Technical Education setting. Courses offered partially satisfy requirements to change a Temporary Teaching Certificate to a Standard Certificate in CTE. A working professional educator may apply these courses for professional development as they apply to all CTE disciplines.


Agricultural Education Emphasis

The Agricultural Education Teaching (AED) emphasis prepares students to become high school teachers and FFA advisors in Arizona and surrounding states. Students will complete a course of study that encompasses multiple technical agriculture content areas as well as participating in teacher preparation courses. The experience concludes with a 14-week student teaching internship experience at a cooperating center within Arizona. 

 

Internship Experiences:

Students will complete their professional preparation program with a 14-week student teaching experience during the spring semester of their senior year. The experience serves as a cumulative assessment designed to be a formal evaluation of their individual readiness to teach agricultural education at the secondary level

Possible Career Paths:

  • High School Agriculture Science Teacher

  • Science/Biology Teacher


Agricultural Leadership and Communication Emphasis

The Leadership and Communication (LCE) emphasis prepares students to become effective leaders, ambassadors, and/or advocates for the agricultural industry at local, state, national, and international levels.

Internship Experiences:

Students will be expected to engage in at least one internship experience during their undergraduate career. Students enrich their professional and technical preparation by participating in one or more internship experiences and/or a defined field experiences during their junior or senior year. Internships provide students an opportunity to link theory with practice and further serve as a temporary labor pool for those agencies that have committed to participate in the internship program. 

The leadership and communication internships focus on experiences in non-formal teaching, professional presentations, leadership and management of projects, as well as experience in communicating with various audiences within the agricultural and related industries. 

Click here for a Program of Study

Possible Career Paths:

  • Extension Agent
  • Agricultural Lobbyist
  • Advisor Government/Stakeholder Relations
  • Corporate Recruiter
  • Community Change Agent

Agricultural Technology Management Emphasis

The Agricultural Technology Management (AGT) emphasis prepares students for careers within the agricultural industry. The emphasis has five focus areas including: 

  • Greenhouse/Controlled Environment Agriculture
  • Field Crop Production and Management
  • Ornamental Landscaping/Horticulture Management
  • Animal Agriculture
  • Turf Grass Management

Students completing this emphasis gain hands-on experience in developing skills in areas such as welding, plasma cutting, woodworking, electrical wiring, equipment operation, plumbing, irrigation, concrete, surveying, small gas engines, and solar energy technology. 

Internship Experience:

Students will be expected to engage in at least one internship experience during their undergraduate career. Students enrich their professional and technical preparation by participating in one or more internship experiences and/or a defined field experiences during their junior or senior year. Internships provide students an opportunity to link theory with practice and further serve as a temporary labor pool for those agencies that have committed to participate in the internship program. 

Internships in agriculture technology management focus on experiences in the field of choice of the student. 

Possible Career Paths:

  • Greenhouse Industry Professional
  • Production Agriculture
  • Crop Adjuster
  • Range Manager
  • Turf Grass Maintenance Industry Professional

Agricultural Tech Management and Education Minor

The Agricultural Tech Management and Education (AGTE) Minor is designed to engage students in leadership, communication, and educational strategies. These strategies will prepare young professionals for a successful career experience. 

Requirements:

  • Coursework:
    • AGTM 350
    • ALC 409
    • ALC 422
    • AED 437 
  • A minimum of 18 units are required in the minor.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in the minor coursework.
  • A minimum of 3 units in the minor must be taken at the University of Arizona.
  • A minimum of 9 upper division units are required in the minor.

Students interested in declaring a minor in AGTE must meet with an academic advisor in the Agricultural Education Department.


Certificate in Agricultural Leadership and Innovation 

The Department of Agricultural Education currently offers the following Certificate Program for undergraduate students:
 

Agricultural Leadership and Innovation 

This certificate program consist of 12 units. The courses can be completed during an undergraduate degree program or after an undergraduate degree program has been completed. Most of the courses required can be applied as degree credits. Please click here for more information.

Questions regarding the certificate program: Please contact Dr. Matt Mars at (520) 621-2239 or mmars@email.arizona.edu

Meet Antonio Valenzuela, Academic Advisor for all students with majors or minors in Agricultural Technology Management & Education.

Phone: 520-621-5089  |  Email: aav11@email.arizona.edu  |  Office: Saguaro Hall, room 206

Click Schedule an Appointment to view available appointment times, walk-in advising hours, and to schedule an appointment.

 

Antonio can assist you with:

  • discussing / declaring the major or minor
  • course selection
  • clarifying degree requirements, policies, and procedures
  • connecting to campus resources
  • internships / volunteering / study abroad
  • SAP Appeal forms / Academic Probation
  • transferring to the UA and evaluation of transfer credit
  • degree checks 
  • exploring and developing your academic, career, and personal goals
  • any other questions or concerns

 

Please come to walk-in hours/appointments prepared. If you need paperwork signed, bring it printed with your portion filled out prior to your meeting. Walk-in hours are for general questions (15 minutes or less). If you need more time, please schedule an appointment. Arrive to scheduled appointments on time, arriving late may result in needing to reschedule.

     

    Walk-ins Welcome! For the fall 2018 semester, Antonio's walk in hours are:

    • Mondays
    • Wednesdays

    The Career and Technical Education series of courses is offered online for the current or future professional educator in a career and technical education setting. Courses can be taken for graduate or undergraduate credit and can serve as a pathway for alternative teaching certification in Arizona. Course topics include classroom management, curriculum development, student organization advisement, and much more!