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Published November 22, 2010, 01:36 PM

Basics of ag education

Basics of ag education

- Ag teachers need to be licensed by the state they teach in and to complete a degree program, in most cases, a minimum of a four-year bachelor of science in ag education.

- Students in ag education take a wide variety of classes, including general education method courses, crops, welding and horticulture.

- There are about 8,200 middle ad high school ag education programs nationwide. That doesn’t include ag teachers in community and technical colleges or adult farm management instructors. It’s not uncommon to start as a high school or middle school ag teacher and later become an adult farm management instructor.

- Ag educators teach many different courses, ranging from floral design and electricity to robotics and veterinary medicine.

- Nationwide, ag teachers on average earn $42,000 per year, not including summer contracts or benefits. The compensation package varies by state and school district. Ag teachers often are contracted during the summer to work on such things as county fairs and FFA camps.

- Prospective ag teachers don’t need a farm background or to be an FFA member. They should try to take ag classes in high school; if there is no ag program, they should take classes in math, science, speech and theater.

Source: National Association of Agricultural Educators