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State Department of Education approves use of Agricultural Communications course for fine arts credit

The Oklahoma State Department of Education recently announced that beginning in the 2012-13 school year, students who take the course 8022: Communications in Agriculture can choose to use the course as a fine arts speech elective credit instead of an agriculture credit.

The Oklahoma State Department of Education recently announced that beginning in the 2012-13 school year, students who take the course 8022: Communications in Agriculture can choose to use the course as a fine arts speech elective credit instead of an agriculture credit.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi sent the following information to school superintendents:

Dear Superintendent:

70 O.S. § 11-103.6 sets forth college preparatory/work ready high school graduation requirements implemented by ACE.  As you know, the law requires all students to obtain a fine arts or speech credit to satisfy one unit or set of competencies required for graduation. The purpose of this e-mail is to inform you that on May 24, 2012, the Oklahoma State Board of Education approved students majoring in agriculture who are enrolled in the course, Communications in Agriculture (code 8022) to be able to use the earned credit to satisfy the fine arts or speech competency required by law. If a student elects to use the credit to satisfy the fine arts elective requirement instead of the agricultural credit, the course code would be 4221: Introduction to Agricultural Communications.  A student may only earn one credit for this course; thus, the student must decide at enrollment whether to use the credit to satisfy the fine arts requirement or whether to use the credit as an agricultural credit.   Because the course is an elective, an agricultural education instructor with agricultural education certification is qualified to teach the course.   This fine arts elective credit for the course Communications in Agriculture/Introduction to Agricultural Communications begins with the 2012-13 school year.  Please notify necessary personnel of this course fine arts elective credit possibility for students majoring in agricultural studies who take the communications course. Please contact Phyllis Hartfiel, Director of Language Arts, at (405)522-3522, should you have any questions.

Any class can have a mixture of students earning either a speech or agriculture education credit; the students will simply have different course codes on their transcripts. Agriculture I is still a required prerequisite for students who are taking the class for speech credit.

For more information, visit CareerTech’s Agricultural Education website.

To download a sample of CIMC's Communications in Agriculture curriculum, visit our Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources page.

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