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Agricultural Education & 4H Youth Development

1134 West 6th Street
Phone: (208) 885-6358
Fax: (208) 885-4039
liz@uidaho.edu

Mailing Address:
Agricultural Education &
4H Youth Development
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2040
Moscow, ID 83844-2040

State 4-H Contact

State 4-H Youth Development Contact Information

Mailing/Shipping Address:
4-H Youth Development
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3015
Moscow, ID 83844-3015

Physical Address:
Mary E. Forney Hall
1210 Blake Avenue, Room 206
Moscow, ID 83844-3015

Phone: (208) 885-6321
Fax: (208) 885-4637
E-mail: fourh@uidaho.edu
Website: www.uidaho.edu/4h

Department of Agricultural and Extension Education

AE4HYD Classes

DUAL CREDIT COURSEWORK - The Department of Agricultural Education and 4-H Youth Development facilitates the College of Agriculutral and Life Sciences Dual Credit Program.  Click here for more information about CALS DCP.


Ag Ed 140 - Introduction to Organizational and Personal Leadership Development

Instructor: Dr. Lou E. Riesenberg
  • Dual Credit course corresponding to Idaho Secondary Agriculture 410 - Personal Skills Development. Instructor permission and local secondary school participation required.
  • This course is designed to introduce the students to important concepts in organizational and personal leadership development. Topics will include organizational leadership, citizenship, and cooperation, personal development, employee/employer relations, and group and individual interpersonal communication skills.

Ag Ed 158 -Introduction to  SAE Programs
Instructor:  Dr. Allison J. L. Touchstone
  • Spring semester only.
  • Dual Credit course - 1 credit. Secondaty students eligible for credit who earn a gold ranking on State FFA Proficiency Awards. Dual credit fees apply.
  • This course is designed to introduce the student to important concepts in conducting and organizing supervised agricultural experience projects related to secondary agricultural education classroom and local FFA chapter. Topics will include project planning, goal setting, budgeting, record keeping, basic technical writing, project/program evaluation, employability skills, citizenship, employee/employer relations, and group and individual interpersonal communication skills.

Ag Ed 159 -Introduction to FFA Organization
Instructor:  Dr. Allison J. L. Touchstone
  • Spring semester only.
  • Dual Credit course - 1 credit. Secondary students eligible for credit to earn their State FFA Degree. ** Second Credit available to District Stars. Dual credit fees apply.
  • This course is designed to introduce the student to important concepts in conducting, organizing, and competing in activities inherent in the Idaho and National FFA Organizations as an outgrowth of the secondary agricultural education classroom instruction and coupled with a successful supervised agricultural experience program. Topics will include parliamentary procedure, FFA History and activities, public speaking and communications, project planning, goal setting, budgeting, record keeping, basic technical writing, project/program evaluation, employability skills, citizenship, employee/employer relations, and group and individual interpersonal communication skills.

Ag Ed 160 - Survey of the Expectations and Responsibilities of Teaching High School Agriculture
Instructor: Dr. Allison J. L. Touchstone
  • Dual credit course - 2 credits - one fall and one spring. Secondary students participating in the Bridge Project eligible.
  • Dual credit fees apply.
  • This course is designed for high school students interested in pursuing a career in agricultural educaton and will serve as a bridge class between high school and collegiate level teacher education courses. The course will include an exploration of the progrssional qualities and expectations of the teacher/educator. Roles, responsibilities and challenges in the field of education, leadership, and communication will be examined.

Ag Ed 180 - Introduction to Agricultural Education
Instructors:  Dr. Kattlyn J. Wolf
  • 2 credits.
  • Overview of the goals, mission, and purpose agricultural and extension education programs within society. Course content will include topics related to career opportunities in Agricultural and Extension Education, key issues facing agricultural education programs in high school and extension education programs at the local, state, and national levels; the importance of agricultural education to society; and the role of the agricultural educator or extension educator in schools and communities. This course will also focus on developing a personal success plan and orientate you to the department, college, university, and community.

Ag Ed 252 - Developing Student Organizations
Instructor:  Dr. James J. Connors

  • 3 credits.
  • This course is designed to assist community, collegiate or social organization members, officers or committee chairs to better serve the organization and to acquire practical organizational and management skills that will help them throughout their academic and professional careers.
  • Syllabus.

Ag Ed 299 - Directed Study
Instructor: arranged with department faculty

  • Credits arranged.


Ag Ed 351 - Principles and Philosophies of Professional Technical Education

Instructors:  Dr. Allison J. L. Touchstone

  • Fall semester only.
  • 3 credits.
  • Overview and interpretation of history, aims, and purposes of public education and professional-technical education, issues and programs comprising professional-technical education in Idaho and the U.S.
  • Course Syllabus (PDF)

Ag Ed 358 - Supervising FFA and SAE Programs
Instructors: Dr. Jeremy Falk

  • Fall semester only.
  • 3 credits.
  • Role of secondary agriculture instructorsin supervising FFA and Supervised Agricultural Experience programs.


Ag Ed 400 - Seminar
Instructor: arranged with department faculty

  • Credits arranged.


Ag Ed 404 - Special Topics
Instructor: arranged with department faculty

  • Credits arranged.


Ag Ed 406 - Exploring International Agriculture
Instructors: Dr. Robert Haggerty

  • Spring semester only.
  • Over the course of the last decades of the 20th century, agriculture has become a significant industry in world trade. As we proceed in the 21st century, successful agricultural leaders must have intricate knowledge of world cultures, food production, food processing, and international agricultural trade.  American agriculture is significantly influenced by economics, politics, and culture in remote corners of the world.  The tragic terrorist events of September 11, 2001 in the United States as well as war in Afghanistan and Iraq have eliminated any lingering sense of our country’s isolation from world events. This course is designed to provide students a general overview of agriculture around the world and the opportunity to develop a broad and in-depth understanding of agriculture in a country or region of the world. The course combines expert lectures, student presentations and group discussions to achieve its objectives.
  • Course Website including course syllabus and relavent information.
  • Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing


Ag Ed 446/546 - Developing 4-H Youth Programs

Instructor:  Dr. Lou E. Riesenberg

  • Spring semester only. Alternating years.
  • 2 credits
  • Theories, principles and practices associated with effective teaching and learning for you in non-formal settings such as 4-H meetings, conferences, and conventions. Practicum element required. Additional assignments for graduate credit.


Ag Ed 447/547 - Adult Education in Agriculture

Instructor:  Dr. Lou E. Riesenberg

  • Spring semester only. Alternating years.
  • 2 credits
  • Opportunity to study some of the basic problems and values in working with adult groups. Attention given to problem of fitting adult educational programming into public school programs and other educational  programs as well as to methods of teaching adults. Crredit earned in 547 by conmpleting an in-depth project.


Ag Ed 448/548 - Foundations of Extension Education
Instructor:  Dr. Lou E. Riesenberg 

  • Fall semester only. Alternating years.
  • 2 credits
  • Philosophy and principles, social and economic significance of extension education in agricultural and life sciences and the examination of behavior science concepts in organization, development, and management of extension programs. Credit earned in 548 by completion of an in-depth paper or projec on some aspect of extension programming.
  • Course Syllabus (PDF)


Ag Ed 450/550 - Developing Leaders
Instructor:  Dr. James J. Connors

  • Spring semester only. Alternating years.
  • 2 credits
  • An action oriented, participatory examination of aspect of "leadership". Designed to stir students' excitement about becoming leaders in school, home, and community; help students develop enthusiasm and interest in focusing on their vision for the future; individual and group activitiesallow students to identify their leadership philosophy, enhance their strengths, and improve on their weaknesses. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. 


Ag Ed 451 - Communicating in Agriculture

Instructors:  Dr. Allison J. L. Touchstone

  • Spring semester only. 
  • 3 credits.
  • Principles and practices of disseminating knowledge and information related to agricultural sciences, environment, and natural resources to clientele and the general public; communication concepts, technology, and presentation skills that will help agricultural and natural resource professionals communicate effectively within their chosen profession. (2 credits)
  • Course Syllabus (PDF)


Ag Ed 452 - Methods of Teaching Agriculture

Instructor: Dr. Kattlyn J. Wolf

  • Fall semester only.
  • 4 credits.
  • This course focuses on the “procedures of identifying and selecting instructional methods and materials, planning, and student evaluation criteria to effectively teach agriculture.” Students will have the opportunity to present various lessons and lesson components through hands on laboratory experiences. (3 credits)
  • Course Syllabus (PDF)


Ag Ed 453 - Program Planning in Secondary Agricultural Education

Instructor: Dr. Kattlyn J. Wolf 

  • Spring semester only.
  • 1 or 3 credits.
  • Planning, organizing, and implementing secondary and adult programs in agriculture. Includes only the adult section of the course when taken for 1 credit. Class taught on an accelerated schedule.


AgEd 454 - Facilities Organization and Management
Instructor: Dr. Jeremy Falk

  • Fall semester only.
  • 2 credits.
  • Application of efficient planning, organizing and teaching skills required in the management of agricultural education facilities, specifically agricultural mechanicsAg Ed 460 - Practicum: Secondary School Teaching in Agriculture.


Ag Ed 460 - Practicum: Secondary School Teaching in Agriculutre
Instructors: Dr. Kattlyn J. WolfDr. Allison J. L. Touchstone , Dr. Jeremy Falk, and
Dr. James J. Connors

  • Spring semester only.
  • 10 credits.
  • Summary of the student teaching experience; a notebook portfolio to include unit lesson plans, daily teaching plans, videotape example of teaching, report of early field experience, daily journal, summary of 10 positive and 10 challenging teaching experiences, supervisory assessments of teaching by cooperating teacher and university supervisor, and cooperating teacher's final evaluation.


Ag Ed 461 - Student Teaching Portfolio

Instructors: Dr. Kattlyn J. Wolf, Dr. Allison J. L. Touchstone , Dr. Jeremy Falk, and
Dr. James J. Connors

  • Spring semester only.
  • 2 credits.
  • Summary of the student teaching experience; a notebook portfolio to include unit lesson plans, daily teaching plans, videotape example of teaching, report of early field experience, daily journal, summary of 10 positive and 10 challenging teaching experiences, supervisory assessments of teaching by cooperating teacher and university supervisor, and cooperating teacher's final evaluation.


Ag Ed 470 - Proseminar in Agricultural Education

Instructors:  Dr. Kattlyn J. Wolf

  • 1 credit - fall and spring. Maximum 2 credits.
  • Required for ag ed majors in student teaching year.
  • Professional issues in agricultural education. Fall semester includes additional 8-hour Saturday session for CPR and first aid training.


Ag Ed 498 - Internship

Instructor: Dr. James J. Connors or Dr. Allison J. L. Touchstone

  • 1-10 credits. Maximum of 10 credits.
  • Formalized learning experience in an actual work setting. Students work in an agriculturally related organization or agency and commit to a minimum of 40 hours of supervised work per semester credit. Requires the completion of a formal proposal.
  • Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing. GPA of 2.75 or higher. Instructor permission.


Ag Ed 499 - Directed Study
Instructor: arranged with department faculty

  • Credits arranged.


Ag Ed 500 - Master's Research and Thesis
Instructor: arranged with department faculty

  • Credits arranged.


Ag Ed 501 - Seminar
Instructor: arranged with department faculty

  • Credits arranged.


Ag Ed 502 - Directed Study
Instructor: arranged with department faculty

  • Credits arranged.


Ag Ed 503 - Workshop
Instructor: arranged with department faculty

  • Credits arranged.


Ag Ed 504 - Master's Research and Thesis
Instructor: arranged with department faculty

  • Credits arranged.


Ag Ed 557 - Problems in Teaching Agriculture
Instructor: Varies

  • 1-3 credits. 9 credits maximumn.
  • Methods and new developments in agricultural education.


Ag Ed 560 – Beginning Teacher Induction in Agriculture

Instructor:  Dr. Allison J. L. Touchstone

  • This course is an on-site clinical supervision, technical assistance, leadership, follow-up and support to beginning teachers of secondary agricultural education program. (2 credits = 1 credit fall semester and 1 credit spring semester)
  • Course Syllabus (PDF)


Ag Ed 562 – Intstructional Methods in Agricultural Education

Instructor:  Dr. Allison J. L. Touchstone

  • 3 credits.
  • Innovations and advanced principles in teaching methods and materials. The class will be taught utilizing a seminar approach. Emphasis will be placed on actual practice of various methods by "micro teaching;" followed by self-critique/reflection by the student, by peers, and by instructor.
  • Course Syllabus in development.


Ag Ed 598 - Internship
Instructor: arranged with department faculty

  • Credits arranged.


Ag Ed 599 - Non-thesis Master's Research
Instructor: arranged with department faculty

  • Credits arranged.
  • Research not directly related to a thesis or disseration.
  • Prerequisite: Instructor permission.