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Agricultural Education Teaching Certificate

Clemson University is now offering an add-on certificate in Agricultural Education that compliments any of the Bachelor degree programs offered within the College of Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences. This certificate requires an additional 31 credits of coursework and a full Spring Semester of Directed Student Teaching.

For more information:

Dr. Catherine DiBenedetto
251 McAdams Hall, Clemson, SC 29634

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  • Career Opportunities

    Agricultural educators are in high demand:

    • The demand continues to grow annually due to program growth, expansion, retirements and openings
    • School districts value the agricultural education model of rigorous STEM based classroom and laboratory instruction, experiential learning and leadership development
    • School districts are forced into hiring alternatively certified and non-licensed teachers to fill open positions due to demand
  • South Carolina Agricultural Education Career Pathways
    • Animal Systems
    • Ag Mechanics
    • Biosystems
    • Plant Systems
    • Natural Resources
  • Admission

    Applicants must meet all criteria before admission:

    • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
    • Complete 45 hours of college-level work
    • Acceptable score on Praxis CORE (may exempt with qualifying ACT/SAT)
    • Statement of disclosure, TB Test, and SLED Background Check
  • Coursework

    In addition to required coursework in a student's current Bachelor of Science degree, the Certificate in Agricultural Education requires:

    • 31 hours of coursework
    • Directed Teaching/Student Teaching Internship (final Spring semester)
  • First Year
    Fall Semester   Spring Semester  
    AGED 2010 Intro to Agricultural Education 3 AGED 1000 Orientation and Field Experience I 1
    AGED 3030 Mechanical Technology for Agricultural Education 3 AGED 2030 Teaching Agriscience 3
    AGED 4030/6030 Principles of Adult/Ext Education 3 EDF 3020 Educational Psychology 3
    EDSP 3700 Introduction to Special Education 3    
  • Second Year
    Fall Semester     Spring Semester  
    AGED 4000/6000 Supervised Field Experience II 1 AGED 4250/6250 Teaching Agricultural Mechanics 2
    AGED 4230/6230 Curriculum 3 AGED 4060/6060 Directed Teaching 12
    AGED 4010/6010 Instructional Methods in Agricultural Education 3    
    EDLT 4980 Content Area Reading and Writing for Middle and Secondary Education 3    

    Additional coursework may be recommended based on review of student’s transcript and results of Praxis II Agriculture Exam.

Department of Agricultural Sciences
Department of Agricultural Sciences | 232 McAdams Hall Clemson, SC 29634