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Agriculture Education Instructor

Competency-Based Apprenticeship
Sponsoring Company:
Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation
O*Net Code
Rapids Code
Req. Hours
Jul 16, 2021
Jul 16, 2021

Competency-Based Skills

6 skill sets | 34 total skills
Train FFA and agriculture contest teams including, but not limited to: livestock, floriculture, vet science, agronomy, meats, parliamentary procedure, etc.
Formulate a training schedule for the team
Demonstrate career development event best practices to students
Review agricultural and leadership content and discuss with students
Test student skills and practice to strengthen weaker skills
Support students in their preparation for these competitive events
Conduct field trips with students
Plan chapter officer leadership trainings, state fair, and Washington Leadership Conference, including transportation, meals, and lodging
Determine appropriate agendas for the field trips that support continued student learning
Ensure student safety on field trips including first aid, emergency contacts, emergency action plans, and preventative preparedness measures
Follow school policies and procedures to ensure student physical safety
Develop activities to supplement planned field trip events including, but not limited to student reflection, photographic documentation of trip, social media promotion of trip, etc.
Execute a successful field trip to promote student learning
Analyze student Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs and mentor them on improvements and record keeping
Visit student SAE programs and critique them for educational value and quality of project
Measure student agricultural learning
Manage student projects, coordinating students with similar projects
Teach students record keeping best practices and monitor their progress in record keeping
Inspect student record books
Assist students with exhibiting their SAE projects
Perform functions to assist students in coordinating FFA chapter activities
In conjunction with students, develop a program of activities that may include leadership development, community service, and other chapter events and activities
Demonstrate how to properly run a business meeting using parliamentary procedure
Integrate FFA activities into the agricultural education annual calendar (fundraisers, community service, etc.)
Manage FFA chapter finances and secure materials needed for positive student outcomes (supplies, FFA jackets, FFA paraphernalia, etc.)
Work with parents, alumni, and supporters to manage volunteers for the betterment of the chapter
Teach agricultural classes
Write lesson plans and other teaching plans based on the content standards and approved course of study
Present instructional material to students
Monitor student progress and evaluate student learning through questioning, quizzes, tests, assignments, writings, discussion, and other measures
Plan materials for labs and purchase or otherwise coordinate those materials for the class
Prepare the classroom for each day’s lesson
Assign grades to students based on their performance and proficiency of the material
Work with at-risk, special needs, and other populations of students requiring special attention to ensure they receive a balanced education
Communicate with students regarding tardy assignments and/or behavior or performance that doesn’t live up to standards
Communicate with parents regarding their student’s performance
Comply with school policies on taking attendance, reporting attendance, reporting grades, and other school based communications
Assist students in preparing applications and public relations programs
Design a public relations plan to promote the agriculture education program and FFA chapter via press releases, social media, etc.
Apply skills to assist students with degree, award, and registration applications

Technical Instruction

Methods of teaching agricultural mechanics - 96 req. hrs
Methods and management techniques in agricultural mechanics laboratories. Emphasis will be on safety, mechanical skills development and management of students, facilities, equipment, and materials.
Animal science - 130 req. hrs
Experiences will involve the study of animal anatomy, physiology, behavior, nutrition, reproduction, health, selection, and marketing. For example, skills in meeting the nutritional needs of animals while developing balanced, economical rations. Throughout the course, students will consider the perceptions and preferences of individuals within local, regional, and world markets. It will include characteristics of animal science and work on major projects and problems similar to those that animal science specialists, such as veterinarians, zoologists, livestock producers, and industry personnel, face in their respective careers. Participants will investigate, experiment, and learn about documenting a project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community
Crop and soil science - 192 req. hrs
Participants will learn how to apply scientific knowledge and skills to use plants effectively for agricultural and horticultural production. Participants will discover the value of plant production and its impact on the individual, the local, and the global economy. Lessons throughout the course will provide an overview of the field of agricultural science with a foundation in plant science. These lessons include working in teams and exploring hands-on projects. Students will work on major projects and problems similar to those that plant science specialists, such as horticulturalists, agronomists, greenhouse and nursery managers, and plant research specialists, face in their respective careers.
Farm business management - 96 req. hrs
Participation in the management and operation of a diversified farm. The class is responsible for the plans, records, and decisions for buying and selling the farm's livestock, crops, and equipment. Special speakers on current topics. May be taken for credit 3 times at different times of the year with permission of the instructor.
Horticulture - 96 req. hrs
Biological principles of growing horticultural crops including anatomy, reproduction, light, temperature, water, nutrition, and growth and development. Laboratory exercises emphasize environmental factors and permit detailed observation of plant growth.
Renewable resources - 96 req. hrs
Participants will explore hands-on projects and activities while studying topics such as land use, water quality, stewardship, and environmental agencies. Study of the natural world including biomes, land, air, water, energy, use and care as well as a focus on issues surrounding man's interaction with the Earth will be addressed in this course. Participants will select an ecosystem to study throughout the course and apply principles of natural resources and ecology from each unit of study to that ecosystem.
Leadership in agriculture - 96 req. hrs
Leadership principles and strategies to influence and motivate team members to achieve personal, professional, and entrepreneurial goals in production agriculture, agricultural education, and agricultural organizations.
Agriculture Education and field based experience - 64 req. hrs
Forty hours on-site in an agricultural setting. Students will have an opportunity outside the classroom for career guidance, role modeling, and reflection on their observations that they can apply to their courses and other educational experiences.
Foundations of agriculture education programs and planning effective programs - 192 req. hrs
Historical development of agricultural education programs. Philosophic premises, program goals and objectives. Educational and social issues impacting the implementation of agricultural education programs.
Methods of teaching agriculture science and agribusiness - 96 req. hrs
Topics include: principles of teaching and learning, individualized and group methods, application of learning, instructional management, special populations, and evaluation.
Student teaching - 480 req. hrs
Supervised teaching in public schools. The primary purpose of student teaching is to provide the student the opportunity to experience, in depth, the full role and meaning of teaching in a school setting.

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