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Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (Agricultural Extension Education Concentration) Major Guide for 2016-2017

What is Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications?

The Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications (ALEC) degree in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources provides an opportunity for students to complete concentrations in five different areas – Agricultural Education, Agricultural Extension Education, Agricultural Leadership, Agricultural Communications, and Agriculture Sciences. These concentrations prepare graduates for careers in both formal and non-formal education. Completion of the Agricultural Education concentration leads to certification by the Tennessee Department of education and a license to teach agriculture in one of Tennessee’s public schools and is also transferable to other states.   Completion of the Agricultural Extension concentration prepares students for employment as Extension Agents with UT and TSU Extension or in many of the other state Extension systems throughout the country. The completion of the Agricultural Leadership concentration prepares students for careers in organizational outreach, human resources, management, governmental relations, strategic planning, organizational training, management consulting, community development, political officials and many other business related fields.  Completion of the Agricultural Communications concentration provides students with written and oral communication skills and prepares students to communicate in meaningful and effective ways about science, agriculture and nature, while also preparing them for careers in agricultural and scientific industries, agencies and operations that include scientific writing, agricultural promotion and consulting, and agricultural planning and assessment.  The agricultural science concentration is designed for students who want a broad, general background in agriculture and natural resources.

Career Opportunities in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications

Graduates find employment in very diverse fields including:  Agricultural education teacher, Agricultural Extension agent, Loan agent/director, Sales representative, Education specialist, Field representative, Agricultural journalist, Farm manager, News Reporter, Internet Manager/Staff Writer, Communications Consultant, Law, News Editors, Sales Consultant, Natural Resources Conservation, Supervisors, Sales, Marketing, Program Director, and Business or Sales Manager.

Salary Trends in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications

National assessment projects the demand for education, communication, and government service graduates involved with agricultural and food systems, renewable resources, and the environment will exceed the available supply.  Salaries are competitive with many other professional fields.

Should I Consider ALEC?

Do you. . .

  • Enjoy working with children or adults in educational settings?
  • Have an interest in agriculture and natural resources?
  • Want to educate people about agriculture?
  • Want to enter a job market that encompasses a broad array of opportunities?
  • Want to aid in the growth of individuals both personally and professionally?
  • Want to make a difference in the lives of people and your community?
  • Enjoy communicating agricultural and natural resource messages?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, you should consider ALEC!

Experience Learning

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The purpose of Experience Learning is to help students apply the knowledge, skills, and values learned in the classroom to real-world challenges. Experience Learning also seeks to engage student learning through direct experience and intense reflection to increase knowledge, acquire lifelong learning and problem-solving skills, and elucidate values.

Learn more about Experience Learning.

Academic Plan and Milestones

Following an academic plan will help students stay on track to graduate in four years. UT has implemented Universal Tracking (uTrack), an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA. To see a sample academic plan and milestones for this major, go to Agricultural Extension Education Concentration.

For More Information

Contact Dr. Stripling
Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communications
The University of Tennessee
320 Morgan Hall 2621 Morgan Circle Knoxville, TN 37996–4511
865-974-7371 (phone)
865-974-7383 (fax)


The information on this page should be considered general information only. For more specific information on this and other programs refer to the UT catalog or contact the department and/or college directly.

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