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Youth Development & Agricultural Education

About Youth Development & Agricultural Education

Department Head Mark Russell

Welcome to the Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education at Purdue University. The department's motto is "Empower, Educate, and Enhance." These three very powerful words clearly and succinctly identify the purposes of the department. The department is committed to empowering the leadership capacity and capability of individuals and groups, educating youth and adults through agricultural and life sciences and enhancing the quality of life for all citizens.

Empowering, Educating and Enhancing is accomplished by this interdisciplinary department with undergraduate programs in Agricultural Education and Agricultural Communication and a nationally recognized graduate program focused on learning and communication in the context of agriculture. Faculty and staff are committed to carrying on the full range of discovery, learning, and engagement missions of a major land-grant research university.

Interested in developing the skills and knowledge to help people learn? The department's Agricultural Education undergraduate major prepares students to become licensed high school agricultural science and business teachers or informal educators.

If you are interested in helping tell the story of agricultural and life sciences and facilitating science engagement with the public, then our Agricultural Communication undergraduate major is for you.

Regardless of which major you choose, combine your degree requirement with co-curricular experiences that create the skills and attributes employers demand. The employment rate and market for our undergraduate students is very strong and our graduates find jobs!

The Graduate Studies Program in YDAE is truly unique in its ability to combine a strong, transdisciplinary, people-oriented degree with work in technical and scientific areas. Both the M.S. and the Ph.D. programs prepare students to become leaders in the world's food, fiber, and natural resource systems. Specializations include Agricultural and Extension Education, Agricultural & Science Communication, and Life Science Education. Those wishing to lead and help others learn to educate and communicate often decide to pursue a graduate degree.

The department has exceptional students who are preparing to make a real difference in the world today and tomorrow. Our faculty are outstanding classroom teachers who are conducting innovative research that is impacting the way people learn in formal and informal educational settings.

I invite you to further explore our site. In the event that our site does not provide you with the answer to your questions we would welcome the opportunity to find the answer for you.
Mailing Address:
Purdue University
Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education
615 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Office: AGAD 214
Phone: (765) 494-8423
Fax: (765) 496-1161

Mission Statement
Our mission is to empower youth and adults through engaging education and effective communication to be contributing members in their communities and in agriculture and natural resources

Vision Statement
Our vision it that YDAE will achieve prominence by developing human capital and enhancing quality of life for Indiana residents through interdisciplinary research, educational initiatives, and acclaimed scholarship.