Agricultural Education

College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences


What is Agricultural Education?

This is a concentration under Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications. It prepares you to be a high school agriculture teacher. You will be able to teach agricultural science, agribusiness, agricultural mechanics, and horticulture. Your classes will focus on technical subject matter, and you’ll gain hands-on experience at the local, state, and national levels with the FFA organization. You will complete more than 100 hours of instructional experiences prior to student teaching, conduct workshops, and teach in high school classrooms. You’ll also complete a 12-week student teaching experience. 

Career Options

  • Curriculum Development
  • Teaching of High School Agriculture
  • Teaching of High School Industrial Arts
  • Teaching of Junior High Agriculture or Science
  • Sales Support
  • Training & Organizational Development

Post-Graduation Success1

88% employed or continuing education

62% employed after graduation

26% attending graduate school

$47,120 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Cargill, Monsanto, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Veterinary Medicine, Rush University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong English and social sciences coursework and performance
  • Calculus and Chemistry preferred (if available at high school)
  • Experiences related to the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

95% first-year retention rate

74% four-year graduation rate

84% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $32,780
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $56,270