Institute for Agriculture

Agriculture Education Degree

Bachelor’s Degree Program in Education and Agriculture

Share your passion for agriculture with others! Buena Vista University's agriculture education degree prepares students to teach agriculture science and business for traditional classrooms, as well as Extension and virtual environments. This degree also prepares students to advise an FFA chapter or lead other agricultural organizations.

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BVU’s unique location places you in close proximity to a wide range of high school agriculture programs, large to small, within a quick 40-minute drive. The result is an agriculture education program with high school classroom experiences built into each semester, starting your first year!

Why Study Agriculture Education at BVU?

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Educational Excellence

BVU knows educational preparation! Our School of Education has graduates in more Iowa classrooms than any other private college in the state. We have a long history of training excellent teachers.


Practical Focus

You not only learn by doing, but also through project-based opportunities to practice and reflect on agricultural program management skills. Our faculty come from the industry and will prepare you for success.

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Classroom Expertise

Learn from teachers with years of experience. BVU teaching faculty are in high school classrooms each year—you learn about today’s classroom needs, in a wide range of learning environments.

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Real Opportunity

Make the most of practical experiences! Not only in the classroom, but by building professional connections and partnering with mentors right away. At BVU these impactful experiences begin your first year.

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Practical Emphasis

Classroom experience. Gain real-world experience each semester in local high school classrooms, in eight different schools during your time as a student. You are exposed to a wide range of philosophies and teacher preferences, all helping you to develop your own.
Nimble and up-to-date. The ag education curriculum is updated on a yearly basis. You are always focusing on the most recent developments in teaching methods and philosophies, along with current classroom technologies and materials.
In demand. The practical focus of BVU’s ag education major means you could be sought by companies in the industry to fill a variety of roles including corporate trainer, communications liaison, ag extension agent, and many more.

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Agriculture Education Courses

  • Major in Agriculture Education (69 Credit Hours)

Agricultural Education Faculty

Melanie Bloom
Melanie Bloom
Instructor of Agricultural Education
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Rich Crow
Rich Crow
Director of Agriculture
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Dr. Geoffrey Ecker
Dr. Geoffrey Ecker
Assistant Professor of Agronomy
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Landon Sullivan
Landon Sullivan
Instructor of Animal Science
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