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Extension Education

The primary purpose of the extension education program at North Carolina State University is to prepare graduates for positions as county extension agents and as leaders in the agricultural industry. Careers such as these require not only a knowledge of agricultural subject matter but also the ability to communicate that information effectively to others.

The groups that need agricultural information are extremely diverse, as are the settings in which this information is provided. The focus of this degree is on providing service to the agricultural community in the form of accurate and up-to-date information about agriculture.

Career Opportunities Cooperative Extension agents are located in every county in North Carolina. Careers in extension are both exciting and rewarding. There are usually several entry level extension positions available each year in North Carolina. With other states experiencing a shortage of extension agents, opportunities exist for employment outside of North Carolina as well. Graduates also find career opportunities throughout the agricultural industry in agricultural communication fields. The ability and desire to work with people along with a broad understanding of agriculture provide the skills necessary for success in many areas of agriculture.

The agricultural and extension education curricula has three components:


  1. General education courses that are required for all students at NC State University
  2. Introductory courses in animal or poultry science, plant science, soil science, agricultural economics, agricultural engineering and forestry in order to develop the background in agriculture essential to providing information to a wide variety of clients.
  3. Concentrations in either Agricultural and Natural Resources [] or Youth Leadership Development []. Each curriculum culminates in a semester-length practicum experience in which students apply their knowledge and skills in a real-world setting.


The primary focus is to provide graduates with the skills they need in order to be successful as teachers, as extension agents or as leaders in the agricultural industry. For more information, please contact the undergraduate coordinator for extension education.

Dr. Mark Kistler
Department of Agricultural and Extension Education
210-C Ricks Hall
Box 7607
Raleigh, NC 27695
Phone: (919) 513-2349