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Career and Technical Education – Agricultural Education Major

students in agricultural settings

**Available to students entering on or after fall 2021.**

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.


The FFV, which was the model for the FFA, is started at Virginia Tech in 1925


Nearly 100% employment placement post-graduation


Career & Technical - Agriculture Teachers    are one of the top       ten critical shortage areas in Virginia (2020-2021)


Nationally Recognized, Award-Winning     Faculty

Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Courses (69 hours)

Elective Courses (6 hours)

General Education (45 hours)

Is it possible to double major? 

Yes, our students have the opportunity to double major in education and agricultural science successfully. Academic advisors are available to help you plan your course of study. 

What You'll Study

  • 120 credit hours for a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education degree, including Virginia Tech’s Pathways, with a major in Career and Technical Education - Agricultural Education
  • 36 credit hours of education courses, which includes fieldwork and practicum courses, Youth Program Management, Managing CTE Programs, Educational Psychology for PK-12 Teachers, Educating Exceptional Learners, and Secondary School Teaching methods
  • 54 credit hours in an exciting array of courses, such as Forest Ecosystems, Economics of Food and Fiber Systems, Horticulture Science and Industry, Introduction of Metal Fabrication, Soils, Fundamentals of Environmental Science, and Leadership for Global Sustainability. 
  • All required coursework and practical experience prepares students for Licensure in Career and Technical Education – Agricultural Education (Grades 6-12) in the Commonwealth of Virginia


Curious how the degree requirements will fit into your experience at Virginia Tech? See the roadmaps below for a sample schedule of courses each year. Your academic advisor will help you create a personalized version based on your goals and other areas of interest. The individualized plan will also include your AP, IB, dual enrollment, or transfer credit.

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What is a major in Career and Technical Education -  Agricultural Education?

An agriculture education teacher provides education instruction, support, management, and leadership to facilitate success for all students. They often manage and advise their school’s FFA chapter while fostering student leadership. Working with local businesses and in school laboratories, they also provide supervised experience on farms, and in feeding centers, greenhouses, meats laboratories, and so much more.

Why study Career and Technical Education - Agricultural Education here?

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. 


Beyond the Classroom

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.


Horticulture student

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.

farm lab

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.


What Our Students Are Saying

Careers and Further Study

What can I do with a Career and Technical Education - Agriculture Education major?

Our students will be prepared for licensure in Virginia, which offers licensure reciprocity with states across the U.S. Some graduates choose to teach for several years, and then go on to graduate school to expand their career opportunities. Here are some common job titles of our graduates:  

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