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About Youth Development & Agricultural Education

Department Head Roger Tormoehlen

Welcome to the Department of Youth Development and Agricultural Education at Purdue University. The department's motto is "Empower, Educate, Enhance." These three very powerful words clearly and succinctly identify the key foci 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 will be accomplished through vibrant and innovative learning, engagement and discovery programs focused on the department's:

  • undergraduate programs in agricultural education and agricultural communication,
  • graduate program in youth development and agricultural education,
  • emphasis on life science education
  • 4-H youth development programs
  • Extension education efforts

Interested in helping youth learn? The department's agricultural education undergraduate program prepares students to be high school agricultural science and business teachers. If you are interested in helping tell the story of agricultural and life sciences then our agricultural communication option may be for you. Regardless of which option you choose the job market for our undergraduate students remains very strong. Our undergraduates find jobs!

For those wishing to pursue a graduate degree the department offers a Master of Science and a Doctor of Philosophy in youth development and agricultural education.

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
e-mail: torm@purdue.edu

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.