Youth Development & Agricultural Education

About Youth Development & Agricultural Education

YDAE Classroom of students

Welcome to the Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education. The department's motto is "Empower, Educate, and Engage". 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 impacting the quality of life for all citizens through engagement.

Empowering, Educating and Engaging is accomplished by this interdisciplinary department with undergraduate programs in Agricultural Education and Agricultural Communication and a nationally recognized graduate program focused on STEM learning and science communication in the context of agriculture, food, and natural resources. 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 make decisions? The department's Agricultural Education undergraduate major prepares students to become high school agricultural educators, informal educators, or great agribusiness human development and marketing employees. 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 requirements with co-curricular experiences including internships, study abroad, undergraduate research, and student organization leadership opportunities 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 STEM Learning Systems. 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.

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
e-mail: mrussell@purdue.edu

Mission Statement
Educate - Empower - Engage
Build human capacity of the workforce of today and tomorrow with evolving research-based approaches to education and science communication in agriculture, food, and natural resource sciences (AFNR) within a multicultural society.

Vision Statement
Address Global Challenges
Address the global challenges facing agriculture, food, and natural resource sciences (AFNR) as a premier department in interdisciplinary education and science communication pursuing the frontiers of research, scholarship, and creative activity.