CASE Model Gaining Popularity in Agri Ed

Dr. Justin Killingsworth, assistant professor of agriculture education at Arkansas Tech University, was part of a delegation from Arkansas that recently toured three secondary schools in Missouri to learn more about the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) model that is gaining popularity around the United States.

CASE is an initiative of the National Council for Agricultural Education that began in 2007.

“The project goal is to implement a national curriculum for secondary agricultural education that provides a high level of educational experiences to enhance the rigor and relevance of agriculture, food and natural resources (AFNR) subject matter,” according to the CASE web site.

The tour of the Missouri schools was a cooperative effort between the Arkansas Department of Career Education and the Arkansas Tech Department of Agriculture.

Arkansas Tech began offering a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture education in fall 2011.

The successful effort by the Arkansas Tech College of Applied Sciences to create a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture education is a tie to the very beginning of the institution.

Arkansas Tech was founded in 1909 as the Second District Agricultural School. Its primary initial mission was to provide training to the next generation of farmers. The study of agriculture has been part of the curriculum at Arkansas Tech throughout its 104-year history.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture education at Arkansas Tech.

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