Education for Agricultural Professionals

 

License | Education for Agricultural Professionals

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

Have you ever thought about being a teacher? Would you like a job where there are plentiful employment opportunities? Would you like the opportunity to work with both agriculture and people? Would you like a career where you can inspire young people and feel like you have accomplished something important at the end of the day? If you answered YES to any of these questions, LEAP may be the program for you. 

LEAP is a web-based, teacher certification program in agricultural education offered through North Carolina State University. The program is available nationwide and is delivered through online education technologies. LEAP is academically challenging and requires a serious commitment from those enrolled.The program certifies individuals who have baccalaureate degrees in agriculture, natural resources and closely related disciplines to teach agriculture in school settings.

The ultimate goal of this program is to increase the supply of qualified agricultural education teachers. There is a national shortage of agriculture teachers. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a class "A" teaching license from the state of North Carolina. The North Carolina teaching license is recognized by 40+ states, Department of Defense schools, and the U.S. Territories (see the Reciprocity link below). The teacher education program at North Carolina State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Licensure Outside of North Carolina: Consult applicable licensure boards in any state you may want to pursue licensure in prior to beginning NC State's Online and Distance Education academic programs to ensure the program meets licensure requirements in that state.  It is the student's responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any state outside of North Carolina.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Stage 1

Apply for admission into the LEAP program through the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education. This step is to make sure you meet the program requirements and is an internal decision made within the Department. This IS NOT an application to be admitted to the university. To apply for LEAP you need to complete the application, obtain 3 letters of reference using the form from the LEAP web site, write a short essay about why you want in the LEAP program and send transcripts (at this point in time, they do not have to be official).

The Application Form:

  1. There is an online application form at http://goo.gl/forms/Z8PsWbEp1o.
  2. Link to download the LEAP application form (a simple word document that can be printed and completed): http://harvest.cals.ncsu.edu/site/WebFile/Leap Application.doc
  3. Link to download the LEAP application form (a word document with form fields that can be completed on a computer: http://harvest.cals.ncsu.edu/site/WebFile/LeapApplication-1.docx

The Reference Form:

  1. There is an online reference form at http://goo.gl/forms/eqEpqzkHLJ. The person completing the form just clicks on submit when finished.
  2. Link to download the LEAP reference form (a simple word document to be printed and completed): http://harvest.cals.ncsu.edu/site/WebFile/LeapReference.doc
  3. Link to download the LEAP reference form (a word document with form fields that can be completed on a computer: http://harvest.cals.ncsu.edu/site/WebFile/LeapReference with form fields.doc

As soon as your application is complete, we will act on it and prepare a certification plan for you to sign. This is basically a contract that says if you successfully complete the courses on the plan, we will recommend you for a North Carolina teaching license. Because of reciprocity agreements between the states you can then use your North Carolina teaching license to get a teaching license in your home state.

You should complete Stage 1 before you go to stage 2 unless you are in a time crunch and are confident you will be admitted to LEAP (you do have a degree in agriculture with a 2.5 GPA, will have good letters of reference and show a true desire to become an agriculture teacher).

Stage 2

Seek admission to North Carolina State University. There are three different options for being admitted to the University.

Option 1 - Enroll as a Non-Degree Studies student. This is quick and nearly painless. http://www.ncsu.edu/nds/. The downside of the NDS option is you have to wait till everybody else has registered before you can sign up for classes and you are not an “official” student in our department. You are in limbo land. And you do not qualify for any type of financial aid. This option is designed for a person who just has a personal interest in taking a class or two.  We have had students complete LEAP in this designation but it is the least desirable of the three options.

Option 2 – Enroll in the Agricultural and Extension Education Graduate Certificate Program. The “graduate certificate” option is something that the Graduate School has recently implemented. You will need to go to the graduate school web site and complete the online application http://www2.acs.ncsu.edu/grad/applygrad.htm. When you get to the Application and Test Information Section, you will see the following. Click on Graduate Certificate and then select Graduate Certificate: Agricultural Education. Later on you will be asked for a personal statement. You can just paste in the statement from your LEAP application. You will be recognized as a student in our department and will receive a nice certificate from the University when you complete the program. You will register after the degree seeking students but before the NDS students.

Option 3 - Enroll in the Agricultural and Extension Education Master’s Program.  if you have plans to work on a Master’s Degree, you could just apply to the Master’s program. The application process is the same as described above but you would check Master’s. The only added requirement is that you would need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).  This test is given by computer at a variety of testing centers across America. Depending upon where you live it might be possible to take the exam in a short time frame.  By the time you finish the LEAP program, you are half way to earnings a Master’s degree; so this option does make sense for some people. In many states a person is paid more if they have a Master’s degree.

Note: A person can enroll as a NDS student or in the Graduate Certificate program and then apply to the Master’s program at a later date. Twelve hours (12) taken in the Graduate Certificate program or a NDS student can be used in the Master’s program. So, if you are thinking about doing this, don’t wait until you are finished because you will lose hours.

After you are officially admitted to the university, you will then work with the LEAP advisor and sign up for classes.

PLAN OF STUDY

LEAP requires 21 credit hours. Students pursuing teacher licensure programs are considered non-degree studies (NDS) students at NC State; NDS students may register for a maximum of 6 credit hours per semester. Thus, LEAP may take from four to seven academic terms to complete. To remain in the LEAP program, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA in all LEAP courses. If the courses are to be applied toward a Master's degree, a 3.0 GPA is needed. - See more at: http://harvest.cals.ncsu.edu/agscience/academic-programs/leap-(teacher-certification)/#sthash.LFTMsl9r.dpuf

CAREER PROSPECTS

LEAP certifies individuals who have baccalaureate degrees in agriculture, natural resources and closely related disciplines to teach agriculture in school settings. The ultimate goal of this program is to increase the supply of qualified agricultural education teachers, of which there is a national shortage. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a class "A" teaching license from the state of North Carolina. The North Carolina teaching license is recognized by more than 40 states, Department of Defense schools, and the U.S. Territories.

Licensure Outside of North Carolina: Consult applicable licensure boards in any state you may want to pursue licensure in prior to beginning NC State's Online and Distance Education academic programs to ensure the program meets licensure requirements in that state.  It is the student's responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any state outside of North Carolina.

LEAP requires 21 credit hours, including these courses:

AEE 500 - Agricultural Education, Schools and Society

Units: 3

Role and structure of modern agricultural education within the overall educational system; school organization and governance, curriculum, teacher roles and responsibilities, educational philosophy and history, multiculturalism special need students, impact of technology, professionalism, and current educational trends and issues. Web-based course.

Offered in Fall and Summer

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2017 Fall Term

AEE 503 - Youth Program Management

Units: 3

Research, theory and principles of youth organization management. Analysis of youth development models and application of leadership theory in a youth organization. Using evaluation models to assess the effectiveness of major youth organization. Web-based course.

Offered in Spring Only

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2018 Spring Term

AEE 522 - Occupational Experience in Agriculture

Units: 3

A major and critical element in all programs of vocational education is provision for appropriate student learning experiences in a real and simulated employment environment. Due to recent developments in education and agriculture, new and expanded concepts of occupational experience devised. Current research substantiates need and desire of teachers of agriculture for assistance in implementing new concepts. Also designed to develop depth of understanding of theoretical foundations underlying new developments in occupational experiences to stimulate individual growth and creativity in implementing further developments.

Offered in Fall Only

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2017 Fall Term

AEE 524 - Coordinating the High School Agricultural Education Program

Units: 3

Principles of program planning applied to educational programs about agriculture; theory and field experiences in planning, organizing, and evaluating secondary agricultural education programs; development of plans for conducting all aspects of the complete agricultural education programs.

Offered in Spring Only

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2018 Spring Term

AEE 535 - Teaching Agriculture in Secondary Schools

Units: 3

Application of theoretical models and research on effective teaching in secondary agricultural education programs. teaching strategies, planning required, and instructional management for students with varying backgrounds. Evaluation of student learning and teacher evaluation of instruction.

Offered in Fall Only

YEAR: Offered Alternate Odd Years

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2017 Fall Term

AEE 641 - Practicum In Agricultural and Extension Education

Units: 1 - 6

Faculty-supervised practicum in an educational, extension or agricultural industry setting.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2017 Fall Term 2018 Spring Term

EDP 304 - Educational Psychology

Units: 3

Psychological principles applied to education, including cognitive and personality development, individual differences, learning and behavior theory, cognitive strategies for learning and remembering, critical thinking and problem-solving strategies, student motivation, classroom management techniques, components of teacher effectiveness, measurement and student evaluation procedures, characteristics of exceptional children, mainstreaming in the classroom, and multicultural education.

GEP: Social Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2018 Spring Term 2018 Summer Term 1 2018 Summer Term 2

Educational Psychology

The student is to complete a course in educational psychology at a local university or through distance education from the university of the student's choice. At NCSU the course is EDP 304, however the number of seats is often limited. Many of our students have also taken the course PSYC 2060 through LSU to meet this requirement.  Please be aware that courses such as Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, or Adolescent Development do not meet this requirement. 
Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallJun 25 (US); Mar 1 (Int)
SpringNov 25 (US); Jul 15 (Int)
Summer 1Mar 25 (US); Dec 15 (Int)
Summer 2May 10 (US); Dec 15 (Int)

Dr. Jim Flowers

Professor and Department Head, Agricultural and Human Sciences

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

919.515.1758
jim_flowers@ncsu.edu