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Potential Career Paths

If you’re a person who enjoys the outdoors, loves a challenge, likes to meet interesting people, and wants to make a difference, then Agricultural and Extension Education may have what you’re looking for.

Agriculture teachers are needed in Pennsylvania, throughout the nation, and in most foreign countries. Agricultural and extension education graduates are certified to teach agriculture in public high school programs for youth and adults and in area vocational-technical schools. Graduates may also qualify to teach environmental education and general science. 

Agriculture teachers are needed for specialized programs in horticulture, agricultural resources, forestry, and agricultural mechanics as well as traditional agricultural production programs. Occupational education in agricultural products and agricultural supplies is developing and creating a demand for teachers.

Many graduates find employment with cooperative extension, trade organizations, and governmental agencies. Agribusiness firms employ graduates in managerial, sales, and public relations. Agricultural and extension education opportunities also exist in developing countries.

After advanced study, graduates may find positions as agriculture teachers in community colleges and in universities.

Careers of some AEE Graduates:

Wairimu Muniu, 2010 graduate with a master's degree in agricultural and extension education, is policy officer for the United Nations World Food Programme's Policy, Planning and Strategy Division. In that position, she assists the division to implement a policy-specific, interactive, multifaceted "Knowledge Sharing" system and tool.

Laura Bennett, a 2004 graduate with a bachelor's degree in agricultural education, is director of the Tuscarora Wildlife Education Program Environmental Center in Mercersburg, Pa.

Robert Clark, a 1993 graduate with a doctorate in agricultural education, is an associate professor in Workforce Education in the College of Education at the Pennsylvania State University.

Okechukwu Ukaga, 1993 graduate with a doctorate in agricultural education, is now executive director of the Northeast Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership. In that position, he manages integrated education, research and outreach programs that promote sustainable use of resources.

Nick Place, 1992 graduate with a doctorate in agricultural and extension education, is associate professor, associate dean and associate director of University of Maryland Extension, where he develops, implements and evaluates statewide extension programming including 4-H youth development and Sea Grant. He also serves as liaison and provides leadership for county extension advisory councils.

Edward Wenschof Jr., a 1988 graduate in agricultural education, is chief ranger for Natural Resources and Protection for the U.S. National Park Services in Antietam, Nebraska.

James McCoy, 1983 graduate with a doctorate in agricultural education, is vice president for enrollment management at the University of New Haven. Prior to that position, he served as vice provost for enrollment management, planning and policy at Louisiana State University.