Hone your skills, learn new disciplines, gain hands-on experience, and become a leader in any industry with Agricultural Education, Technology, and Innovation (AETI). courses. With coursework that focuses on a range of capabilities that employers demand, each class is an opportunity to become a competitive candidate, an agent of change, or both! Discover courses with a focus in the areas that will make a difference today, tomorrow, and beyond: 

AGTM 100: Principles and Practices of Agricultural Mechanization

Fall Semester

Basic principles and operative skills in construction and maintenance which are part of agricultural operations in production and urban agriculture systems. Principles for wood and metal construction, inert gas welding, plasma cutting, and construction of wood and metal projects are included. Major emphasis is placed on safety in the laboratory. 


AED 150A1: Learn to Teach to Learn

Fall/Spring/Summer Semesters

This course is designed to assist learners acquire and develop knowledge and strategies than enhance academic and personal development and help becoming an effective college-level adult learner and presenter. Particular emphasis will be placed on both learning and instructional skills such as critical thinking, developing personal and educational goals, improving comprehension, applying organizational techniques, making use of evaluation, fostering career planning and leadership, and recognizing and responding to different learning, teaching, and instructional styles.


AED 150C1: Food, Fiber & Natural Resources

Fall/Spring Semesters

Students will explore American agriculture, specifically the food, fiber, and natural resources industries.  Students will be able to identify and describe essential aspects of each industry and apply learned knowledge to present day agriculture in order to make informed decisions as consumers of agriculture.  The course is designed for students with limited agricultural knowledge who wish to expand their knowledge base in this field of study. Click here to view the course flyer. 


AGTM 170A1: Energy Sources in Arizona and the U.S.

Summer Semester

We use energy every day. We rely on multiple energy sources to supply our increasing appetite to power our technology, to give us light, and to regulate temperature and light. Energy is used in transportation, in our homes and businesses, and in our manufacturing and in the field of agriculture in the production of our food and fiber. What is our energy-consuming-impact on our environment? There are alternative energy sources. What are they? How are they used? What are their limitations? This course will explore both renewable and nonrenewable energy sources used in Arizona and the United States. What are the historical and economic impacts? Click here to view the course flyer. 


ALC 196A: Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Fall/Spring Semesters

In this course, students will examine and develop a set of attitudes, skills, and behaviors that support an entrepreneurial mindset. Particular emphasis will be on learning how to identify opportunities to solve unmet economic and social needs and to marshal the resources necessary to create and deliver value for stakeholders. Click here to view the course flyer. 


AGTM 200: Solar Photovoltaic Energy Systems with Applications to Agriculture

Spring Semester

Solar Photovoltaic Energy Systems provides an overview of solar energy system technology with applications to agriculture. Students will be exposed to multiple types of solar photovoltaic energy systems and system components. Students will use solar tools and materials to assemble and operate systems, measure energy output, calculate system capacity, and assess variables effecting system performance. Click here to view the course flyer.

AED 210: Resiliency and Human Potential 

Fall/Spring/Summer Semesters

The course provides a background in resiliency research to assist learners in acquiring the knowledge and strategies to enhance personal and professional resilience. Understand, assess, plan, and apply resiliency practices that manage stress to foster academic, personal and professional development. Click here to view the course flyer.

AED 295B: Heritage and Traditions of the University of Arizona

Fall/Spring Semesters

The rich heritage of the Land-Grant mission and the events and people who have influenced and shaped the traditions that are part of the University of Arizona will be explored. Click here to view the course flyer.


AED 295C: Wildcat Traditions of the University of Arizona

Fall/Spring/Summer Semesters 

The events and people that have influenced and shaped the Wildcat traditions that are part of The University of Arizona will be explored. Click here to view the course flyer.


AED 301: Youth Leadership Development 

Fall Semester

Characteristics of effective advisors, leadership styles, strategies for the management and organization of youth groups in agriculture, practice in leadership development techniques. Click here to view the course flyer. 


ALC 309: Leadership Principles and Practices

Fall/Summer Semesters

This course introduces learners to a broad range of readings addressing practical and theoretical leadership principles. Participants will be expected to critically examine readings and associated videos/movies. Participants will have the opportunity to apply principles from the course in a field project where particular emphasis will be placed on enhancement of self-awareness and leadership capabilities through the documented development and assessment of the field project. 


AGTM 330: Turf and Landscape Technology

Spring Semester - odd years (e.g. 2023, 2025) 

The basic scientific principles and skills of construction, operation, and maintenance in turf, landscape and urban agricultural equipment. Provides student with laboratory experiences in machinery, sprinkler and drip irrigation installation, operation and maintenance, chemical application systems, and hardscaping. Click here to view the course flyer.


AGTM 350: Applications in Agricultural Mechanics

Fall Semester 

The fundamentals of electric power, electric motors, and leveling and measurement, and the internal combustion engine. Subject matter is selected to provide the fundamentals of applied mechanical knowledge and skills basic to urban agricultural mechanization and appropriate for instructional programs in agricultural mechanics at the secondary school level.


CTE 400: Principles & Philosophy of Career and Technical Education

Fall/Spring/Summer Semesters

Understanding the historical social and economic values of career and technical education through investigation of federal laws, and state policies. As well as, developing a symbiotic philosophy with administration, theories, and principles in mind in regards to programs in the secondary school.


AED 408: Diversity Issues in a Contemporary Society

Fall/Spring/Summer Semesters

This course is designed as a work world preparation course for all majors.  As students ready to leave the relative safety of the cocooned worlds of their chosen disciplines, this course provides practical tools and information necessary to succeed in a diverse and changing world of work.  By combining interactive learning, current and relevant readings, and key presenters, the course will help completers integrate more smoothly into the next phase of their lives.  As the world shrinks and we find ourselves playing roles in an increasingly diverse society, understanding the communication process and how culture, race and gender affect interpersonal communication becomes ever so more important for all of us.  The class will take an objective look at our own beliefs and the beliefs and systems espoused by our chosen disciplines.  The students who graduate today will create the way our fields operate in the future. Click here to view the course flyer.


ALC 409: Team and Organizational Leadership

Spring Semester

Principles and practices in planning, developing, conducting, and evaluating leadership programs for agricultural groups. The intended audience is the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) students. The course focuses on helping students better understand themselves and others; improving group communication; becoming effective leaders and members of groups; improving leadership and personal development skills; assessing leadership situations, determining and administering appropriate leadership strategies, and evaluating results. Click here to view the course flyer for online sections. 


ALC 410: Community Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership

Spring Semester

This course is an exploration of the principles and practices of entrepreneurial leadership, and the application of such principles and practices within agricultural and rural communities, the cooperative Extension system, educational organizations and systems, agricultural agencies at the local, state, and federal levels, and agricultural enterprises and life sciences industries. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge and skills required to effectively lead change within and across organizations, communities, and settings that intersect the agricultural and life sciences fields. Click here to view the course flyer.


CTE 410:  Curriculum Development in Career and Technical Education

Fall/Spring/Summer Semesters

Creating an understanding for the development of robust classroom curriculum, aligned with Arizona State and CTE standards, and incorporating learning devices geared for student success. This development process will focus on the total program within CTE, and assist in planning year-long curriculum maps with an emphasis on writing objectives, cross walking standards, and elaboration on objective building for full lesson creation and implementation. Lesson content and teaching methods will be tailored into the next course of CTE 420/520.


ALC 411: Principles and Applications of Organizational Innovation

Fall Semester

This course provides an introduction to the principles and practices central to organizational innovation and leadership. Frameworks and methods for designing, developing, and implementing innovation within agricultural organizations and industrial settings and environments will be explored. The overarching goal of the course is to equip students with the perspective and skill base necessary to be leaders of innovation and change within agricultural organizations that extend across educational, public, governmental, and industrial settings and environments. Click here to view the course flyer. 


ALC 422: Communicating Knowledge in Agriculture and the Life Sciences

Fall Semester - In person and Online | Summer Semester Pre-Session - Online

Principles and processes of knowledge diffusion and methods of transferring appropriate technology to user/clientele groups. Communicating effectively within organizations. Click here to view the course flyer. 


AED 437: Methods of Facilitating Learning

Spring Semester

Students will plan, facilitate, and assess learning experiences for myriad situations. Students will be able to identify and apply resources and methods for facilitating learning with multiple audiences. Students will also learn how to develop objectives and assessments, as well as design materials to use in the facilitation process.


AED 438:  The Teaching of Secondary School Agricultural Science

Fall Semester

Specific methods, objectives, organization of subject matter, and evaluation in the various subjects.


AED 450: Total Program Development

Spring Semester

This course is designed to prepare preservice agriculture teachers to work with the intracurricular and peripheral programs that are an integral part of the three circle model of agricultural education. Course content will include: Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) programs, the National FFA student organization, and school and community relationships in a formal education setting.


AED 462: Curriculum Development

Spring Semester

Designed to prepare student teachers for their year in preservice. Provides introductory material on curriculum development, record books and SAEs (experiential education), and the FFA as it relates to agricultural education.


ALC 497: Assessment of Early Stage Investment Opportunities in Agricultural and Life Science Innovations

Fall/Spring Semesters

In this course, students will learn to analyze the economic and social impact potential of early stage agriculture, life and veterinary sciences technology innovations. Additionally, students will, in teams, apply their assessment skills to identify current or anticipated unmet needs in agriculture, life and veterinary sciences and will develop innovative ideas of their own to resolve these identified unmet needs. Sample agricultural innovations will be selected by the instructor from applicants for investment to the local organized early-stage investor group, the Desert Angels, as well as to other investor and venture capital organizations across the United States.


AED 496D: Teaching Science and Mathematics Through Inquiry

Fall Semester

This seminar will provide a comprehensive introduction to teaching science and mathematics through inquiry.  The seminar will consist of team taught sessions that include student and instructor presentations, active learning exercises, and discussions.