Standard 3 – Program Management
The program provides candidates with the knowledge, skill, and the ability to integrate and apply the concepts of agriculture program development and administration required to successfully manage agriculture education programs. The program prepares candidates to obtain community support for and involvement in agriculture programs, acquire necessary resources, and maintain program accountability. The program familiarizes candidates with key agriculture programs and organizations, including Supervised Agriculture Experiences and Future Farmers of America.
Required Elements for Standard 3 – Program Management:
3(a) The program prepares candidates to organize and deliver a comprehensive program of agriculture instruction, including identification of relevant instruction, appropriate sequencing of courses, and articulation of curriculum.
3(b) The program provides candidates with knowledge and skills needed for acquisition of instructional resources, including identifying grant and funding opportunities and available community resources.
3(c) The program prepares candidates to integrate classroom instruction, activities related to Future Farmers of America (FFA) programs, and Supervised Agricultural Exper iences (SAEs).
3(d) The program provides candidates with knowledge and skills needed to design and develop community-based programs, including assembling advisory committees, managing support/booster organizations, and accessing community resources.
3(e) The program prepares candidates to maintain program accountability.
3(f) The program exposes candidates to statewide organizations that are actively involved in agricultural education.
All of the Agricultural Education courses deal with program management to some extent. In AGED 50 candidates are exposed to the duties of the local agriculture teacher and how a local high school agriculture program operates. In AGED 135 candidates are taught the structure and content of agricultural education programs including how classroom/laboratory instruction, FFA, and SAE are interrelated and why all three are needed to have a complete agricultural education program. Candidates are introduced to the skills needed to supervise a local FFA chapter and to supervise agricultural experience programs.
AGED 150, Agricultural Resources and Computer Applications, covers the development and application of techniques for obtaining and using resource materials including government documents, university and experiment station reports. The course is designed to develop and increase student computer skills utilized in agricultural education. Locating online curriculum resources, agricultural education curriculum standards and frameworks, and other materials is emphasized. Developing appropriate PowerPoint presentations and using other software programs to compile and manage data is also covered in this course.
AGED 187, Organization, Administration, and Supervision of Agricultural Education, is the main program management course at CSUF. This course covers the California and Federal plans for career and technical education. It also covers conducting needs assessments, the incentive grant application and review processes including development of a program management plan for a local Agricultural Education Department. Sources of funding including grant applications is covered along with budgeting requirements to comply with state and Federal regulations. Selecting and working with local advisory committees, local agricultural industries and organizations, booster clubs, and other local organizations and clubs. The course also emphasizes working with professional organizations at the section, region, state, and national levels. The program concept that includes the three components of an agricultural education program is stressed including recommendations on the amount of time that should be devoted to each of the components. The operation and funding of Regional Occupational Programs is a component of the course. One class session is devoted to a community-based program planning process that was developed by the National Council for Agricultural Education. Candidates are required to complete an assignment on the R-2 reporting system and another assignment that requires them to complete an incentive grant application and an agriculture program pathway budget problem.
AGED 189, Education in Agricultural Mechanics, provides instruction in organizing, teaching, and administering educational programs in agricultural mechanics for youth and adults. This course is designed to provide candidates with the skills and competencies needed to safely and effectively organize and manage an agricultural mechanics laboratory. As part of the course, candidates are required to select an agricultural mechanics skill and demonstrate that skill to the other candidates in the class. The instructor and other candidates do an oral critique of each presentation to provide immediate feedback to each presenter. Laboratory layout, tool management systems, equipment inventory and replacement schedules are among the topics covered in this course.
EHD 155B, Student Teaching in Secondary School, provides ongoing exposure and experiences in program management. The Agriculture Specialist Checklist includes management competencies that are verified by the cooperating master teacher and the university supervisor during final student teaching. Six competencies on program management are included on the checklist. Items on the list include budgeting, procurement, classroom/laboratory maintenance, student records, and student behavior procedures.