ERIC Number: EJ1158546
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Education for Agricultural Improvement: Teacher Certification at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas
Burlbaw, Lynn M.; Williams, Lauren; Kelly, Larry J.
American Educational History Journal, v44 n1 p1-19 2017
Texas A&M University has long been known for its engineering and agricultural programs. Only in the last 50 years has its reputation included the preparation of teachers for general education in the public schools of Texas. However, agricultural education has been an integral part of the institution's mandate since early in the 20th century. In 1912, the College offered a Correspondence Course in Agriculture, Short Summer Courses for Farmers, Educational Demonstration Trains, and a Local Short Course around the state. This article traces the origins of agricultural education in Texas and at the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, from its beginning in the Department of Agricultural Extension, to its eventual home in the School of Vocational Teaching, and finally in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The article presents information showing how the necessity for an agricultural education program in the public schools increased in importance during the early part of the 20th century, finally resulting in a state law requiring agricultural education and the preparation of teachers for the public school. The article also documents the development of a teacher education program to teach agriculture in the secondary schools of Texas at an institution not normally thought of as a teacher institution.
Descriptors: Agricultural Colleges, Educational History, Teacher Certification, State Legislation, Public School Teachers, Teacher Education Programs, Secondary School Teachers, Agricultural Education, Program Descriptions
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
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