Educational Standards for 4-H Agents

Early on in my first year of extension, I vividly remember remarking to someone, “I wish someone would just tell me how to be a good 4-H agent!”  If someone would simply just give me a checklist, surely I could follow it!

Believe it or not, we have such a thing!  (more or less).

The 4-H Professional, Research, Knowledge and Competencies study (2004) outlined the competencies a successful 4-H Agent should obtain, and gathered this list of competencies into six domains:

  • Youth Development
  • Youth Program Development
  • Volunteerism
  • Equity, Access, and Opportunity
  • Partnerships
  • Organizational Systems

The complete document can be found at:  http://extension.missouri.edu/hr/documents/PRKCStudy.pdf

As professionals, we are in charge of our own professional development.  With that in mind you may also find the following valuable:

4-H PRKC Self-Assessment
4-H PRKC Self Assessment3 May2005 rev

4-H PRKC Professional Development Plan
4-H PRKC Planning for Prof Dev Needs Assessment April 2005(2) updated

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