Agricultural Education - Development (18003-I)

Copyright: 2020

Virginia Assignment Code: 8053

Suggested Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

Duration: 36 weeks

Hours: 140

Credits: 1

Prerequisites: None


Course Description:

This course covers a wide variety of information about agriculture and related fields. The intent is to enable the instructor to customize instruction to meet the needs of the student enrolled in the agricultural education program. Content areas include agribusiness operations, animal science and care, ecology and natural resource management, plant science and landscaping, and woodworking and basic mechanics. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.

Note: For teachers creating individualized education programs (IEPs) for their students, it is recommended that instruction focus on one or more areas in the 8053 list to create comprehensive and challenging IEPs reflective of each student's ability.

The career pathway will be determined by other courses taken in conjunction with this course to build a concentration sequence.


The Virginia Administrative Code regulates the class size for this course. For additional information, see 8VAC20-120-150, "Maximum class size," or contact the Virginia Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education at

Note: This course is designed specifically for students with disabilities and shall be limited to an average of 10 students per instructor per class period with no class being more than 12 or up to an average of 12 students per class period with no class being more than 15 where an instructional aide is provided.

Competencies within this course ensure compliance with the National FFA Organization's Federal Charter Amendments Act (Public Law 116-7). Through this legislation, students are provided opportunities for leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

Credentials, Course Sequences, and Career Clusters/Pathways can be found here: