- Download the program guide (includes course list and application requirements)
- Visit the Rutgers University Agricultural Science Education webpage
- Contact the program coordinator, Dr. Thomas Leustek
The 5-year program with teacher certification in K-12 agricultural science education, offered jointly by the GSE and Rutgers’ School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS), is designed to prepare students with a comprehensive understanding of agricultural science and content-specific teaching methods appropriate for the discipline. Successful completion of the program will lead to a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree in science education, and initial teacher certification in agricultural education. Individuals who enjoy working with plants and animals and sharing the importance of agriculture are encouraged to apply. Through required coursework and field placements, students will become familiarized with current standards surrounding agricultural science education, including the delivery of supervised agricultural experiences, and possess the ability to successfully integrate technology into their instruction to promote student learning.
To complete the program in 5 years, Rutgers SEBS undergraduates must complete specific pre-admission coursework and field placements during their sophomore and junior years. Students then apply for the 5-year program before the Spring semester of their junior year and if admitted, enter the professional education sequence in the summer before senior year. After senior year, students qualify to have their bachelor’s degree awarded by SEBS and continue with the professional sequence in the summer after graduation. Students will return in the fall to complete a full-time student-teaching internship and continue with full-time graduate study, including a field-based research project in the spring.
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 graduate to receive their Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing (CEAS) as a teacher.
For more information about this program:
Feb 1 of Junior Year
Bachelor's Degree Master's Degree + Teacher Certification
What You’ll Learn
Graduates of the 5-Year Program with Certification in Agricultural Science Education (K-12) will exit with advanced knowledge of the field and the ability to explain past and current practices associated with agricultural science. Guided by expert faculty at the GSE, they will study and apply education-focused coursework to gain the skills needed to champion content-specific teaching methods in agricultural education. Graduates can expect to be familiar with current state and national standards related to agricultural science education and have the knowledge and ability to integrate technology into agricultural science instruction.
- 23 Undergraduate Course Credits
- 9.5 Credits – Completed Pre-admission in Sophomore or Junior Year
- 6.5 Credits – Completed in the Fall of Senior Year
- 10 Credits – Completed in the Spring of Senior Year
- 2 no-credit Course Modules – Completed in the Summer Before Senior Year
- 36 Graduate Course Credits
- 6 Credits – Completed in the Summer Before the 5th Year
- 15 Credits – Completed in the Fall of the 5th Year
- 12 Credits – Completed in the Spring of the 5th Year
- Students will archive artifacts from various GSE courses via an online instructional and evaluation system as directed by faculty
Graduates are expected to complete the required course sequence and satisfy their general education requirements and liberal arts credits, as well as complete HIB training, an edTPA performance-based assessment, and their portfolio concurrently through completion of their coursework.
- 23 Undergraduate Course Credits
Careers and Outcomes
On both the state and national level, leading experts in the field of agriculture including the NJ Department of Agriculture have reported shortages of trained K-12 agricultural educators despite considerable demand. Accordingly, graduates from this program can expect to go on to become education practitioners in NJ schools. Beyond working directly within the school system, graduates have also gone on to accept positions as local, state, and industry leaders, working to illustrate the importance of the discipline and advocating for agriculture. For more information about agricultural education in New Jersey visit https://teachag.rutgers.edu/.
- Personal Statement
- 3 Letters of Recommendation
- Passing Praxis Core Test Scores*
- or Minimum-Passing SAT Scores*
- or Minimum-Passing ACT Scores*
- or Minimum-Passing GRE Scores*
- Official Undergraduate Transcripts
- The New Jersey Department of Education requires a minimum GPA of 2.75 to be admitted to a teacher education program
*Any test scores submitted must be less than 5 years old as of the application deadline
How to Apply
- Collect the materials required for admission
- Submit your application online at http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/
- Submit supporting materials online
- Any supporting materials that cannot be submitted electronically should be mailed to Graduate Admissions’ New Brunswick office: https://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/about/contact-us
Tuition & Financial Assistance
For tuition and fees information please visit the tuition landing page.
While students are encouraged to apply for federal student aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), there are a number of other merit- and need-based support options, including loans and college work-study programs within and external to Rutgers. For more information, please visit the Office of Financial Aid website.
Scholarships, Fellowships & Assistantships:
Generous GSE alumni, friends, and community members have established and continue to donate to more than one dozen fellowships and scholarships to help deserving students reach their goals. These awards are granted on the basis of academic achievement and or financial need. While these awards are competitive, interested students are encouraged to apply for consideration and submit the required materials. Students must also submit a FAFSA application to be eligible.
To review all current awards and learn more about the donors that established them, please click here.