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While licensure or certification requirements for teachers vary by state, all states require that teachers have earned at least bachelor's degree and completed a teacher preparation program that includes a practicum or fieldwork component. Many four-year schools have developed ways for agriculture and horticulture professionals to become teachers within these topics. These online study options incorporate the classes these professionals have already taken to earn their respective degrees and add the classes needed to become teachers. Master's degree programs are also available.
Distance learners taking part in an online agriculture teacher education program can usually complete their coursework totally online, excluding the fieldwork requirements like in-person teaching assignments or internships. They log in to their school's virtual learning environment, which contains lectures, assessments and assignments that are usually available around the clock. Discussion boards, chat rooms and web conferencing may be used for class interaction. Applicants may need to have a previous degree and meet the minimum GPA for some programs.
Bachelor's Degree Completion
Since agriculture training requires a lot of experiential learning, it can be difficult to find a fully online, 4-year program that culminates in a bachelor's degree. Because of this, colleges have designed degree-completion programs for associate degree holders. Those with associate degrees in fields related to landscaping, horticulture and agriculture could apply their experience and training to a bachelor's degree completion program. The required credits that remain generally revolve around learning how to teach.
Programs of this type prepare teachers for middle school and high school teaching positions and can usually be accomplished in two years of full-time study. Students may need to fulfill an in-person, student teaching requirement as preparation for licensure. Commonly, this can be completed at any school in any city.
Required online classes could include the following:
- Youth program development
- History of agriscience education
- Instructional methods
- Agricultural program planning & evaluation
- Animal sciences
- Instructional technology
Post-Bachelor's Education Licensure
There are online programs designed to assist professionals in agriculture or natural resource-related fields to become certified teachers. This gives professionals in the fields of horticulture and agriculture an opportunity to share their knowledge with the next generation, as well as gain hands-on experience.
Applicants to this type of program are required to have a bachelor's degree in some kind of agriculture field. General application rules include a minimum GPA on all other college level courses taken, letters of recommendation attesting to the student's character and an essay describing why the student wants to be a teacher.
In addition to completing an internship or practicum, students can expect to learn about the following subjects online:
- Educational psychology
- Agricultural education in schools
- Agricultural education program coordination
- Experiential learning in agriculture
Master's Degree in Agriculture
Programs like the Master of Science or Master of Agriculture train bachelor's degree holders to teach agriculture. Requirements for admission are generally a minimum GPA in all college-level coursework and a statement of why the student wants a master's degree. These types of teacher education programs work well for those who need to keep their current job while furthering their education.
Some sample online class topics include research and seminar, history foundations, problems in agriculture education, as well as theory and practice in agriculture. A thesis or research project may be required as a culminating experience.
Individuals wanting to teach agriculture have the option to earn their bachelor's or master's degree online, aside from student teaching experience. The program offers a combination of teaching and agriculture courses.