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Career and Technical Education – Agricultural Education Major

What is a Major in Career and Technical Education – Agricultural Education Major?

Agricultural education teachers instruct students about agriculture, food, and natural resources. Through these subjects, they teach students a wide variety of skills, including science, mathematics, communications, leadership, management, and technology.

Why Study Career and Technical Education – Agricultural Education at Virginia Tech?

Virginia Tech, established as a land-grant institution, has a long history of excellence in both agricultural studies and teacher education. We promote interdisciplinary collaboration with agricultural scientists and faculty experts in educational psychology, science education, pedagogy, research, educating exceptional learners, instructional design and technology, and counseling. The School of Education is renowned for preparing individuals to advance the goals of equity and social justice through education, applied research, advocacy, and research. 

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Careers and Further Study

What Can You Do with a major in Agricultural Education?

Jobs Held by Our Graduates

  • High School CTE Agriculture Education Teacher
  • Extension Agent 
  • Education Consultant
  • Private Tutor
  • Online Educator
  • Academic Advisor
  • Teacher Educators

Beyond the Classroom

Experiential Learning

FFA Leadership Conference 

The Fall Leadership Conference at Virginia Tech is held annually on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg. The Fall Leadership Conference is a part of the Leadership Continuum which encourages members to attend four different leadership conferences offered to FFA members, learn about various types of leadership, and ultimately earn the honor of state leadership.

FFA State Fair and National Conventions

Learning experiences during the fairs and conventions include developing skills for judging FFA student activities; contributing to young people’s leadership personal growth, and career success; and developing networks with colleagues who are engaged in promoting FFA.


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In-Class Teaching Demonstrations

To build skill and self-confidence in developing and presenting lessons, you will have teaching demonstrations with peers simulating a high school setting.

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Field Experience

Working with high school students and practicing teachers in a school environment gives you the practical experience that, together with the knowledge and skills gained on campus and participation in co-curricular activities, makes you ready for employment as a teacher right after graduation.


Bachelor of Science in Education in Secondary Education Degree

Career and Technical Education – Agricultural Education Major Requirements

  • Fieldwork 
  • Practicum courses
  • Youth program management 
  • Managing CTE programs
  • Educational Psychology for PK-12 
  • Educating Exceptional Learners
  • Secondary School Teaching Methods

Minor and Elective Hours

Our program gives you the opportunity to build knowledge in another area by pursuing a minor, double major, or cognate.

120 hrs
B.S. in Education in Secondary Education

45 hrs
General Education

69 hrs
Major Requirements

6 hrs


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