About the Program

The Agricultural Education doctoral option has a primary focus of preparing candidates to assume faculty positions in colleges or university agricultural education programs. Candidates assemble an individual program of study that provides a comprehensive knowledge of the teaching and learning process with a strong theoretical foundation and practical research experience in agricultural education.

Areas of research and interest in Agricultural Education:

  • K-12 and Postsecondary Student Motivation
  • Leadership assessment and development
  • Teacher preparation and early career retention
  • Teaching Methods
  • Teacher recruitment, retention, and professional development
  • Equity and inclusion in agricultural education

Specific requirements:

Evidence of successful teaching experience in secondary agricultural education in the United States.

Ability to pass the state of Oregon background check.

Program Requirements:

The Agricultural Education program is a minimum of 108 credits which include: a core curriculum in quantitative and qualitative research, 13 credits in a specialty area, a practicum, and a dissertation. Additional research methods and elective courses as approved by the major professor (faculty advisor).

Applicant requirements: 3.0 GPA or better. Master’s degree or equivalent is encouraged. Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Jonathan Velez to discuss relevant prior experiences and education. 

The Agricultural Education option has a rolling application process. Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Velez if interested.