Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication

Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication

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A degree in agricultural leadership, education and communication (ALEC) is designed to equip you with knowledge of technical agriculture, natural resources and environmental sciences as well as communication and interpersonal skills. Prepare for a career in agribusiness leadership training and development, agriculture or technical sciences teaching, communications, advocacy and public service. Study a comprehensive approach to human development through leadership, communication and the teaching and learning process.
  • College

  • Hours Required

    120 credit hours
  • Minors Available

    Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication, Leadership and Communication, Leadership and Entrepreneurship 

  • Areas of Focus

    Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication, Leadership, Agricultural Education, Skilled and Technical Sciences

The Nebraska Difference


Own Your Experience

Customize your education through four flexible program options.


Find a Supportive Community

You'll receive support through faculty mentorship and 1-to-1 advising.


Co-create Your Path

Work within a dedicated community and connect to internships, mentorship and networking opportunities.


Develop Your Potential

Learn from leading faculty who are committed to developing your potential.

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Program Features

Hands-On Experience

Apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world experience in each of our program options. You will prepare for an exciting career through opportunities like teaching preparation, internships in communications and leadership, involvement in student organizations or contributions to Strategic Discussions Nebraska

Nebraska is Your Classroom

In the teacher preparation programs, you’ll network with and learn from industry partners, over 200 agricultural education programs and over 400 skilled and technical sciences education programs across the state. Gain early field experience from day one and continue dynamic hands-on courses throughout the entire program. Learn how to teach and prepare a future workforce through career and technical education. 

Learn to Lead

In the leadership program, you will practice interpersonal skills and apply knowledge of leadership theories, models and behaviors to effectively build teams and develop effective solutions for human systems. 

Tell the Story of Science

In the communication program, you will blend science and creativity to tell the story of agriculture, the environment and the scientific discoveries that are shaping our world today. You will have access to state-of-the-art technology to learn communication skills in presentation strategy, photography, graphic design, writing and more. 

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Notable Courses

Early Field Experience in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication (ALEC 135)

An introductory exploration of career and technical education. Complete 40 hours of shadowing experience and learn lesson plan development, essential question writing and peer teaching.

Interpersonal Skills for Leadership (ALEC 102)

Introduction to interpersonal relationships for leadership development. Self-awareness, awareness of others, interpersonal communication and building trust act as a basis for understanding and developing leadership.

Introduction to Digital Media in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (ALEC 260)

Use digital media tools to communicate agricultural and environmental sciences to diverse audiences. Hands-on approach to utilize digital media and develop communication pieces for portfolios.

Video and Audio Production for Communicating Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (ALEC 361)

Exploration and application of audio and video media storytelling techniques as used in promoting, marketing and communicating agricultural and environmental sciences.

Leadership and Diversity in Organizations and Communities (ALEC 466)

Explore how your life has shaped your understanding of leadership, diversity, equity and inclusion. Analyze how leaders create inclusion in the workplace and in communities.

Program Development (ALEC 413)

Planning, marketing and managing formal and non-formal educational programs for youth and adults. Apply the learning process to learner needs and styles.

Huskers Do Big Things


  • Communications intern, Nebraska Wheat Board, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Intern, United States Meat Exports Federation, Denver, Colorado
  • Marketing and public relations intern, AKSARBEN Foundation, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Program & production intern, Rural Media Group, Inc. And RFD TV, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Promotions department intern, NBC Universal Sports Network, Stamford, Connecticut
  • Intern, Latino Center for the Midlands, Omaha, Nebraska


  • Agriculture education teacher/FFA advisor, Rifle High School, Rifle, Colorado
  • Training and support coordinator, TeamMates Mentoring Program, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Conference and event coordinator, Nebraska FFA Association, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Farm broadcaster, Rural Radio Network, Scottsbluff, Nebraska
  • Deputy press secretary, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.
  • Skilled and technical sciences teacher, Franklin High School, Franklin, Nebraska

Graduate Schools

  • M.S. Leadership Education, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Ph.D. Human Sciences, Specialization in Leadership Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Master of Applied Science, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Master of Agricultural and Environmental Education, University of Georgia

Outside the Classroom


Academics & Experiential Learning

  • Our teacher preparation programs incorporate early and ongoing experience in classrooms to apply teaching theory to real-life practice.
  • Gain hands-on experience and earn class credit for your required internship in our communications and leadership programs.

Career Preparedness

  • Project-based courses, required internships and a final capstone project will help you build a portfolio of communication pieces to land your dream job.
  • Learn from current teachers, industry professionals and leaders in Nebraska agriculture to prepare you to enter the workforce.


  • Get connected to over 600 career and technical education programs across the state and receive support to participate in professional development conferences and networking events.
  • Join a supportive community with 1-to-1 faculty advising, small-class sizes and a tight-knit community of students.

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication major or navigating the application process, contact us.

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Contact Name
Morgan Tranmer
Contact Title
ALEC Admissions Recruitment Coordinator