Why study Agriculture Education at Cornell?
Agricultural education programs are growing in popularity in suburban and urban high schools as well as in rural areas. According to a 2014 National Association of Agricultural Educators supply-and-demand report, more than 200 additional agriculture teachers are needed due to program growth and expansion each year.
Some of the larger programs are looking for teachers who specialize in teaching animal science, plant science or mechanics. But many are looking for generalists who can teach those topics as well as other courses ranging from forestry and environmental science to landscaping, welding and small animal husbandry. If you have a wide-range of interests, these opportunities just might be for you.
Our Agriculture Education M.A.T. program (delivered in collaboration with Ithaca College) will help prepare you for careers as a teacher, Extension educator, community educator, a leader in agriculture sales and marketing and other in-demand jobs. The program combines Ithaca College’s strengths in teacher education with Cornell’s ranking as one of the leading agricultural universities in the world. Graduates are fully eligible for initial teaching certification in the state of New York.
The program in a nutshell
You can complete the Agriculture Education M.A.T. in just a little more than a year, beginning in late May and running through the following June.
Here’s what you’ll study:
Summer session (late May through July):
- Pedagogy and practice
- Agriculture program planning
- Educational technology
Fall semester (late August through mid-December):
- Literacy course
- Special needs course
- Pedagogy and practice
- Youth organizations in agriculture
- Field placement in local schools
- Required seminars
Spring semester (January through April):
- Student teaching
- Reflective practice seminar
Summer II (May through June):
- Teacher research paper
- Agriculture education professional seminar
Requirements for admission to the Agriculture Education M.A.T. program:
- Undergraduate degree in an agriculture field. (Transcript review required.)
- 3.0 or higher GPA
- Two letters of recommendation
- 30 hours of documented, in-school classroom experience.
GRE’s are not required
The following can be taken upon your arrival on campus, but it is helpful to have these courses completed before your entrance to the program:
- Educational/adolescent psychology
- Foundations of education
Application deadline for 2017 program is February 15, 2017.
There are a very limited number of slots left for the 2016 program. If interested, contact Jeff Perry firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to apply
Visit the Ithaca College Application Process page for information.
Visit the Ithaca College M.A.T. website for semester-by-semester curriculum details.