5-Year Agricultural Science Education (K-12)

Program Details

Area(s) of Study:
  • Science Education
Associated Degree:
  • Ed.M.
  • On-Campus
Program Level:
  • Masters
Program Type:
  • Certificate
  • Degree


Should you be an agricultural educator? If you love agriculture, enjoy working with plants and animals, and relish the opportunity to teach people about the importance of agriculture, then Agricultural Science Education is the career for you. Click here to learn more about Agricultural Science Education.This five-year (4+1) teacher education program in agricultural science education, offered by the GSE and Rutgers’ School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS), leads to a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree in science education, and initial teacher certification in agricultural education. Rutgers undergraduates do preliminary coursework and field placements as assigned during the sophomore and junior years, are admitted to the program during the spring semester of the junior year, and enter the professional education sequence in the summer between junior and senior years. Students then qualify to have their bachelor’s degree awarded by SEBS.

Students continue with the professional sequence the summer after graduation. They return in the fall to complete a full-time student-teaching internship with related coursework and continue with full-time graduate study, including a field-based research project, in the spring. The Ed.M. degree is conferred upon the completion of all five-year program requirements.

After the master’s degree is awarded, the GSE will make a recommendation to the New Jersey State Department of Education on behalf of the student to receive a CEAS as a teacher.


Applications to the five-year teacher education programs can be completed online. An application should be filed only during or after completion of the introductory courses 05:300:200 Introduction to Education and 05:300:306 Educational Psychology: Principles of Classroom Learning. Applications must be filed with the graduate admissions office no later than February 1 of the junior year. Students are admitted only once a year to the five-year program. Admission to the program is limited and is applied competitively to all applicants.


Program Requirements

In order to earn the master's degree, individuals must successfully complete the required course sequence, provide proof of satisfaction of the general education requirements and liberal arts credits, and pass the portfolio.

A complete listing of degree requirements are available for download or at the Office of Student and Academic Services.

If you have more specific questions about this concentration, please contact Thomas Leustek.