Appalachian State University’s Agriculture Education (AgEd) concentration within the Career and Technical Education degree program focuses on the preparation of agriculture education teachers in grades 6-12. AgEd instructors teach a variety of courses in these grades, such as agribusiness, animal science, horticulture and natural resources.
Students in Appalachian’s AgEd concentration will learn how to teach young people about all types of agricultural systems essential to participate in the multinational marketplace as productive workers and consumers. Students in the AgEd concentration will also develop the skills necessary to teach students about animal science, horticultural and sustainable agriculture.
Because of the extensive training in agriculture subjects, individuals who choose not to teach after graduation have found lucrative and successful careers in all types of agriculture fields.
Appalachian’s AgEd program is a joint program with Wilkes Community College’s Horticulture Technology and Animal Science programs.
Employment: Our students typically are hired throughout North Carolina as well as in surrounding states, such as South Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee, to teach middle or high school courses as well as community college. Course titles include Agriculture Mechanics, Animal Science, Natural Resources, Horticulture and Sustainable Agriculture Production. A complete list of all AgEd courses in North Carolina is located on the North Carolina FFA website.
Because of the extensive training in agricultural subjects, individuals who choose not to teach after graduation have found lucrative and successful careers in all types of agricultural fields.
Complementary graduate programs include:
- Curriculum Specialist: Master of Arts (MA)
- Educational Media: Master of Arts (MA)
- School Administration (MSA)
This is a program that can lead to licensure or certification in North Carolina. Appalachian State University cannot confirm whether this program will meet the requirements for professional licensure in other states or territories.
If this applies to you, check the Professional Licensure webpage for information on licensure requirements and licensing agencies in other states. Or, you may address questions to State Authorization at App State at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-262-7559.
A minor is not required for this program.
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society.
Admission to Appalachian’s Teacher Education Program is required.
- The CTE program is delivered online and on campus.
- Graduates are hired quickly and often have multiple job offers.
- This program has a long-standing commitment to excellence in CTE teacher preparation and is well respected at the local, state, national and international levels.
- Faculty and students are actively in involved professional and student organizations related to Career and Technical Education. Students have the opportunity to compete in regional, state and national TEECA, TSA and VEX competitions through the student organization ASU TECA.
- This is a small, personal program in which teacher candidates take courses and participate in field experiences together for four semesters. All students are known well by each other and by the CTE faculty.
*The Hickory Campus location is pending accreditation from SACSCOC for this program. Accreditation is expected in summer 2023.
- High school teachers
- Middle school teachers
- Community college instructors
- Adult educators in community agencies
- Private school teacher
- Educator in business or industry
- Career center instructors
- Extension Agents
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Dr. Jerianne Taylor