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Agricultural Education

Agricultural Education


The Southwest Minnesota State University School of Agriculture is proud to have established Agricultural Education (Ag Ed) as our newest major on campus. This program addresses the critical need for qualified Ag Ed teachers. The SMSU Ag Ed program is multidisciplinary. It is founded on a strong liberal education program that emphasizes critical thinking, effective communication and a well-rounded knowledge base. Through active learning, the Ag Ed program directly prepares students to become Agricultural Education teachers and FFA Advisors. The core of the Ag Ed major is a balanced and well-designed program of study that includes core courses in science, agriculture, educational methodology and leadership development. 



Prospective Agricultural Education students should complete the standard college preparation curriculum. Because the state requirements are rigorous, it is critical for any student pursuing an Ag Ed degree communicate with from the beginning to ensure efficiency.

The Ag industry surrounds the campus for many miles and is the heart of the regional economy offering students an ideal setting to pursue a career in agriculture. Vibrant relationships with industry provide critical support for SMSU Ag programs in many ways including scholarships and sharing expertise through volunteerism. Across campus SMSU students, faculty, staff and administration create a warm atmosphere “Where You Belong!”


SMSU students who are active in clubs and organizations build social connections, learn essential life skills and enrich the value of their college experience. SMSU is proud to offer over 100 clubs and organizations! Below are opportunities worth consideration for any student who wants to build their network and expand their agricultural knowledge.

  • SMSU Ag Club Learn from industry professionals at most meetings, take advantage of regional travel opportunities and participate in social outings all of which help students expand their agricultural horizons.
  • Ag House Students interested in agriculture can live with others on campus that share their passion for agriculture and engage in experiential learning opportunities.
  • Post-Secondary Agricultural Student Organization Opportunity to improve and expand agricultural skills through state and national competitions.


SMSU Ag Ed students engage in hands-on learning in secondary classrooms during their first year of study and continue each year throughout the program. SMSU collaborates with secondary schools to ensure a quality experience for our students and theirs. Additionally, SMSU offers opportunities with established community partners allowing students to expand their teaching and learning experiences. Graduates of SMSU’s Ag Ed program will have a wealth of experience that prepares them to enter their own classroom confidently.


Agricultural Education - Office

Office of Agricultural Education
ST 201
Southwest Minnesota State University
1501 State Street * Marshall, MN 56258

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