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 (Licensure in Education for Agricultural Professionals) may be the program for you. 

LEAP is a web-based, teacher certification program in agricultural education offered through NC 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 45 states, Department of Defense schools, and the U.S. Territories. The teacher education program at North Carolina State University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

This program may lead to Professional Licensure.

Eligibility

Step 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 to the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education:

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 with 45 other states you can then probably use your North Carolina teaching license to get a teaching license in your home state (the states with which North Carolina does not have reciprocity are Alaska, Iowa, Kentucky, and Minnesota).

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).

Step 2

Become an active student at NC State University, using one of these options:

Option 1 - Enroll as a Non-Degree Studies (NDS) student by completing the online NDS application. This is the quickest and easiest option; most teacher licensure students enroll as NDS students.

Option 2 – Apply for the Agricultural and Extension Education Graduate Certificate via the Graduate School application. This option allows you to simultaneously earn the 15-credit graduate certificate and gives you enrollment priority over other NDS students.

Option 3 – Apply for the Master of Agricultural and Extension Education degree via the Graduate School application. This is a good option for those considering a master's degree. However, application to the master's program does require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Important note: University policy allows you to transfer a maximum of 12 credit hours into a master's program. So if you are thinking of pursuing the master's degree, you must be admitted before you complete 12 credit hours or any credits you complete over 12 will not apply to the master's degree. You can still earn the LEAP licensure at the same time as you earn the master's degree.

Cost

This 21-credit graduate program includes graduate AEE (Agricultural and Extension Education) courses, as well as one undergraduate course in educational psychology. At 2018-19 tuition rates, the average cost of these courses is $422 per credit for North Carolina residents and $1,208 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $8,862 for North Carolina residents and $25,368  for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

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. (However, students simultaneously enrolled in the Master of Agricultural and Extension Education degree program are considered degree-seeking students, rather than NDS students.)

To remain in the LEAP program, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA in all LEAP courses.

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. Graduates of this program receive a Class A teaching license from North Carolina which has reciprocity with 45 other states, the exceptions being Alaska, Iowa, Kentucky, and Minnesota.

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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2019 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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2019 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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2019 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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2019 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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2019 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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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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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. Travis Park

Program Coordinator

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


tdpark@ncsu.edu