The primary function of the Agricultural Education Program is the preparation of teachers of agricultural education for the public secondary schools of California. Specialized preprofessional and professional courses are offered for undergraduate and graduate (fifth year) students. Technological, scientific, and broad general education course work for agriculture teaching candidates is offered throughout the College of Agriculture and other Colleges including the College of Education and Integrative Studies.
Students with an interest in becoming agriculture teachers are advised to enroll in the agricultural science major and obtain a B.S. degree, or they may complete a B.S. degree in one of the other approved majors in the College of Agriculture. Agricultural Science majors and all students who wish teacher certification are required to show competency in four areas of agriculture. This can be accomplished by completing the subject matter program in agriculture or receiving a passing score on the SSAT in Agriculture.
In addition to coursework in four areas of agriculture, students who plan to teach agriculture must have two years of practical experience in agriculture and must complete an Agricultural Specialist Credential. The Agricultural Specialist Credential requires a minimum of 45 additional units beyond the B.S. degree. Some of the graduate work may be applied towards a Master of Science in Agriculture, Agricultural Science option. Enrollment in a Single Subjects Credential program is required in order to qualify for student teaching. Candidates for the Single Subjects teaching credential who are not agricultural science majors are advised to wisely use the electives available in their major in order to complete required teaching credential courses which are not normally specified in their undergraduate major. Because of the wide range of variables involved, all candidates for teaching certification are urged to consult the Agricultural Education Program as early as possible in their college careers.
For students wishing to obtain a Master of Science in Agriculture, such a degree has been approved with an option in Agricultural Science.
Agriculture teachers work in a student-centered environment that allows them to take a hands on approach in making learning fun and meaningful to students.
There is is a need for agriculture teachers in California and other parts of the US. There were 13 offers made to each credential student this past year.
Agriculture teachers beginning salary is averaged $48,254.
Subjects taught vary from day to day keeping the job exciting. Agriculture teachers teach business and industry, science labs, land labs, apprenticeships, farm and garden, and more!
Agriculture science graduates have the opportunity to work in high school and community college agriculture programs or can continue to graduate studies in education, school administration, or agriculture.
Agriculture programs work in the community providing valuable, hands-on learning experiences to the students and benefit the community in which they live in.