Department of Education and Agricultural Communication

ABOUT THIS DEPARTMENT

The Department of Education and Agricultural Communication is dedicated to connecting people with agriculture and natural resources through education and communication.  Our mission revolves around cultivating the intellectual and professional development of our students to make a positive impact in the communities where they will live and work.

The Department offers Bachelor of Sciences degrees in Agricultural Education (with tracks in Agricultural Studies and Education) and Agricultural Communication.  A Minor in Agricultural Education is also offered for students enrolled in other degree programs.

Besides these degree programs, the Department provides outstanding preparation for students interested in other educational fields looking to complete essential classes before transferring for certification from another institution.  Students on the ABAC campus can also receive a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education through a partnership with Georgia Southwestern University.

Degrees and Tracks

Agricultural Education (B.S.)

Agricultural Education prepares students to work in an education-related career. The wide variety of courses allow students to specialize in agriculture and natural resources while learning about the education profession through on-campus laboratories and training facilities. Instruction is also provided in curriculum development, instructional methods, community programs, and other content courses designed for future teachers and community educators. Track options allow students to choose a curriculum that will prepare them for a career in an educational environment through the school system, Cooperative Extension, and more. 

Agricultural Studies

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The Agricultural Education major, Agricultural Studies track, is designed for students who desire to pursue education related careers such as educational specialists for industry, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Agricultural Education provides the foundation courses for students to earn a degree in agriculture along with the professional education courses preparing them as education specialist. The discipline specific courses are paired with courses that prepare students to teach and work with diverse student population in an agricultural setting.

Coursework includes essentials such as curriculum planning, teaching for special needs, educational technology partnered with agricultural sciences and principles of agriculture. Students may choose from a diverse selection of additional coursework to tailor their degree to fit their specific interests or area of focus.

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Education

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Students with an interest in teaching secondary agricultural education will be best suited pursuing the Education track of the Agricultural Education major. Those in the program will receive the knowledge and experience necessary for a successful career working with diverse student groups in an agricultural setting. Students can expect to learn all the necessary elements of the agriculture world, as well as the practical skills required for classroom management, curriculum planning, and instructional design. Students can also specify their degree by choosing from a variety of coursework focusing on topics such as plant and soil science, forestry, animal science, to agricultural economics. A minimum overall GPA of 2.5 is required for admission to this program.

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Agricultural Communication (B.S.)

In coordination with ABAC’s rich agricultural education history, the Agricultural Communication major prepares students to work in industries with a focus on production agriculture. Graduates will learn the communication skills necessary to gain success working at industry publications and broadcasting, chemical sales and management, or to serve as communication and PR specialists for agricultural commodity organizations and businesses among an ever growing list of career options.

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Minors

Students may earn a minor in discipline areas where majors are offered at the bachelor’s level if they complete the required 15 to 18 semester hours of coursework, 9 semester hours of which must be 3000- or 4000-level courses. Courses taken in Core Areas A through E may not be counted as coursework in the minor.

Continuing Education

Online Learning
ABAC supports students looking to gain more information throughout the school year by taking additional courses online. For more information about the classes available online click here.

PLU for Educators
The Professional Learning Unit (PLU) is a recognized method for recording completion of courses meeting the requirement for teacher certificate renewal.  Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College provides PLUs as approved by the Georgia Department of Education.  One PLU represents 10 contact hours of instruction.  You must attend 90% of the course to receive PLU credit and a completion certificate.

For additional PLU student guidelines Click Here.

You must complete the Prior Approval Form for any PLU course. It can be faxed to our office at (229) 391-4791.  For additional questions, please contact Vonda Fenn at 229-391-5067.

Online PLU Courses
For a complete list of approved online courses click here. Note that all on-line courses offered through our office are not PLU approved and not all approved courses are always available. These online courses run for 12 weeks each and begin on specific dates.

All work will be verified through the online administrative site Ed2Go.

You will be required to submit a“Student Affidavit” after completing your final exam.

Go to the Ed2Go website for course descriptions, to view availability and to register.

Contact Information

Environmental Horticulture Building

ABAC 8, 2802 Moore Hwy., Tifton, GA 31793