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Agricultural Education

Career Outlook

If you like to work with young people, farmers, farm-related agribusinessmen and other influential people; have a pleasing personality and a cooperative attitude; want a teaching job in the vast field of agriculture/agribusiness; have had experience in farming and/or a farm-related industry; and seek employment in an occupational field with advancement opportunities competitive with graduates of many other academic disciplines, then consider pursuing a program in Agricultural Education at Murray State University. Completion of the 128-credit-hour program will prepare you to join some 12,000 other agricultural education teachers in Kentucky and throughout the nation as a teacher of agriculture in the middle, secondary, and post-secondary schools. Instruc- tional programs include agricultural production, food production, horticulture, agricultural mechanics, agricultural sales and services, and agricultural resource conservation.

Career opportunities also include occupations in agricultural production, private industry, and federal and state agencies, including agricultural extension and agricultural credit agencies.

Courses of Study

Pre-higher education preparation for a career in agricultural education should include a high school program in general education and work experience in farming and/or in a farm-related occupation. Although not required, completion of a high school curriculum in agricultural education and involvement with the FFA is highly recommended.

Upon completion of the necessary requirements, students will be certified to teach agriculture in the state of Kentucky. Out-of-state certification is also possible.

A Master of Science degree program in Agriculture - Agricultural Education is also offered.


School of Agriculture facilities include classrooms, laboratories and offices housed in the south wing of the Oakley Applied Science Building, the A. Carman Animal Health Technology Center, the E.B. Howton Agricultural Engineering Building, the Equine Instructional Facility, greenhouses and three farm complexes located near campus.

The horse and beef facilities are a part of the farm-laboratory complex. The West Kentucky Livestock and Exposition Center is utilized for equine and rodeo classes, contests, field days, judging contests, clinics and numerous agriculture activities.


Collegiate FFA/Alpha Tau Alpha

  • Develops fellowship between students in agriculture related studies.
  • Promotes activities which develop leadership and citizenship abilities.
  • Provides a vital link to high school students and departments of agricultural education.
  • Club activities are instrumental in the agriculture recruitment plan.
  • Competitive and recognized at the national level.
  • Sponsor for the State Proficiency Award.


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