Paths to becoming an agriculture educator

The key to success is a qualified agriculture teacher that delivers all three components of school-based agricultural education. Full details of the license requirements can be found at

Agricultural education degree

An agriculture education degree is a traditional endorsement in agriculture in the form of a bachelor’s or master’s degree of science. Coursework includes agriculture-based work like animal science, agricultural economics, agronomy, horticulture and agricultural mechanics, educational coursework and courses related to management of student organizations and work-based learning.

Students who get an agricultural education degree often qualify for a biological science endorsement. Some school districts allow students to receive science credit for approved agriculture-based courses if a teacher is endorsed in biological science.

Obtain an ag ed degree through the University of Nevada, Reno

The NevadaTeach/Agricultural Education (NvTeach/Ag-Ed) Bachelors of Science program is jointly administered between the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources and College of Education.

The four-year program was developed to address the critical state and nationwide need for high school agriculture teachers, and is structured after the innovative UTeach model for secondary STEM teacher training with a heavy emphasis on agricultural science and practical classroom experiences.

Students gain exposure to cutting edge agricultural practices and hands-on experiences in crop and animal production at Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station facilities. As early as freshman year, students will also receive school classroom-teaching experience under the supervision of teachers with much classroom experience and advanced degrees (including experienced Ag-Ed teachers).

This program allows students to meet all necessary requirements, including career and technical education coursework, for state licensure in agricultural education. Learn more about the NevadaTeach program.

Additional career paths for agriculture education majors

  • Community college instructor
  • University professor
  • Agricultural literacy coordinator
  • Extension educator
  • Corporate education specialist

Business and industry license

The business and industry license is a non-traditional path for applicants who either have a bachelor’s degree in a different field or who hold a teaching degree in a difference discipline. Individuals must receive a Career and Technical Education license and complete specific requirements in their area of endorsement. Endorsements are available in agriculture and natural resources science and agriculture mechanical engineering technology. Teachers with this license are usually not eligible for science credit.