Basic Education Circulars (BECs):
A Guide for Adult Agricultural Education and Young Farmer Programs in Pennsylvania - Adult agricultural education and the Pennsylvania Young Farmers' Association (PYFA) is summarized in this Guide. The contents are designed to help agriculture industry representatives, young/adult farmers, agriculture education instructors, school administrators, school directors and consumers understand the purposes, functions and operation of adult programs and the Pennsylvania Young Farmers' Association. Also, this handbook will assist local young/adult farmer organizations plan educational programs and activities.
Vision for Agricultural Education in Pennsylvania, A Handbook for Program Planning and Curriculum Development - This handbook can be used to develop an agricultural education curriculum framework, grades K-Adult. This handbook charts the future for program design, development, and implementation of agricultural education. This handbook will assist local educational agencies in designing a quality agricultural educational program as needed along with selecting program content standards identified by the industry.
Divided into eight sections, the handbook guides you through the following process:
Standards and Benchmarks Identified by Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) - The standards and benchmarks by CIP, as identified and validated by industry, are directly from the Handbook for Program Planning and Development listed above. The General Core includes standards and benchmarks that all agricultural education students should have knowledge of regardless of the CIP in which they are enrolled. Following the General Core are the additional standards and benchmarks to be addressed in the specific CIP.
CIP descriptions and certification requirements:
Agricultural Education Curriculum Mapping Worksheet: The worksheet is a tool to be used by agricultural education instructors to map specific courses that encompass an approved program area to the standards and benchmarks. A standards and benchmarks list can then be compiled for all courses that encompass the approved program area. Standards and benchmarks can then be cross walked to specific academic standards and competencies identified in the approved end of program assessment. This information can then be shared with the occupational advisory committee and administration to enhance the program delivery.