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ALCE 5054: STEM Integration in Agricultural Education

Concentration: Education
Credits: 3 graduate credit(s)


Contemporary methods, strategies, and justification for incorporation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts and practices into secondary and non-formal agricultural education programs. Use of best practices for STEM teaching and learning and enhancement of STEM content in existing agriculture courses.


Learning Objectives

Having successfully completed this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the nature and process of science and explain how it informs best practices for science teaching, including inquiry-based instruction.
  • Evaluate, revise and create agriscience lesson/unit plans using an inquiry learning cycle approach.
  • Identify current national and state science and math standards related to their curriculum.
  • Design, conduct and communicate the results of a scientific investigation using a guided inquiry structure.
  • Use a lab notebook format to document learning, research findings, and personal reflections.
  • Compare and contrast scientific inquiry and the engineering design/ build/ test process.
  • Illustrate how an engineering project can be used to develop student skills and teach agriculture content.
  • Identify quantitative skills that are relevant in agriculture contexts and demonstrate how these skills can be integrated into existing curriculum.
  • Evaluate the use of technology in an agricultural education program with respect to learning goals and technology standards.
  • Summarize findings from scholarly publications and identify ways to apply the findings to their teaching practices.

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Graduate standing (Degree-seeking or Commonwealth status). Professional experience in agricultural education (formal or non-formal) is highly recommended.


Hannah Scherer