Agricultural Education and Communication

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

Prospective Students

About Us

The mission and vision of the Agricultural Education and Communication Department is to develop leaders, educators, and communicators to advance and advocate for the agricultural industry in a global economy.

Whether teaching the students of California about the application of science, management, fiber and natural resource systems or sharing the compelling story of agriculture, our graduates help shape public opinion about this billion-dollar industry. 

Students studying to become agriculture teachers explore what it is like to be a veterinarian, agricultural mechanic, horticulturist, agronomist, livestock producer, poultry producer, rancher and agricultural leader. Cal Poly teacher candidates are required to complete a full semester of student teaching in a California high school. 

In addition to the department's long history of leadership and service to the state's agricultural education profession, it also boasts California's only agricultural communication major, widely considered one of the country's premier undergraduate programs. Through a partnership with the university's Brock Center for Agricultural Communication, plus unique Learn by Doing opportunities, students gain the necessary knowledge to be effective communicators who are fully equipped to promote agriculture and serve the needs of the industry. 

If interested in applying to our department, please visit the Admissions web page for more information on Cal Poly, or email any questions or comments to: or call our department at 805-756-2803.

Our Mission

The mission and vision of the Agricultural Education and Communication Department is to develop leaders, educators, and communicators to advance and advocate for the agricultural industry in a global economy

The Agricultural Education & Communication Department has a long history of leadership and service to the college, the university and the agricultural education profession in California.  In recent years, a new, exciting, and related emphasis has become integrated into the mission.  A partnership with the Brock Center for Agricultural Communication and Journalism Department has enhanced career opportunities for our graduates.

Degree Programs

Learn by Doing

Cal Poly's historical commitment to Learn by Doing means an emphasis on hands-on and project based learning. Students have the opportunity to teach in a classroom, work in a greenhouse, or participate numerous collegiate contests. These experiences give our students an edge by getting hands-on, real world examples and working closely with the field they will go into after graduating. 

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