Department website: https://www.uwplatt.edu/department/agricultural-education
Contact: Mark Zidon
Program Office: 217 Pioneer Tower
The mission of the agricultural education program at UW-Platteville is to prepare students to become licensed to teach agricultural education primarily at the middle and secondary levels in Wisconsin public schools. The agricultural education and technology education emphasis prepares students to teach agricultural education, technology education or both at the middle and secondary levels in Wisconsin public schools. In addition, the purpose of the agribusiness option of agricultural education is to provide a broad-based background of agriculture that will enable the graduate to teach in industry, continue on to a master’s degree, to work in the Cooperative Extension Service, or work in other areas of agriculture.
Agricultural Education – Comprehensive (Teaching) Option
Students who major in agricultural education in the School of Agriculture, upon admission to teacher education, are jointly enrolled in the School of Education and must fulfill the requirements for teacher education specified by that school. The agricultural education curriculum meets the requirements of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for the certification of agriculture/agribusiness instructors to teach all grades with a K-12 license. The program also meets the educational requirements for the provisional certificate issued by the Wisconsin State Board of Vocational, Technical and Adult Education for teachers of agriculture at the post-secondary level.
Agricultural Education – Agricultural Education & Technology Education Dual Licensure Option
The Agricultural Education major coupled with the Technology Education emphasis gives students dual certification which prepares you to teach either agricultural education, technology education or both at the middle and secondary school levels.
Agricultural Education – General Agriculture Option
The General Agriculture option allows for the student to select a variety of agriculture courses from all of our agriculture disciplines. It does not result in teacher licensure, but this option prepares students for a variety of careers in agriculture. It is an excellent option for students who would like a well-rounded knowledge of the field of agriculture to be prepared for many different career choices.