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- Contact the program coordinator, Dr. Thomas Leustek
The Ed.M. program with (K-12) teacher certification in agricultural science education is designed to help students deepen their understanding and knowledge surrounding agricultural sciences while developing content-specific teaching methods appropriate for the discipline. Individuals who enjoy working with plants and animals and sharing the importance of agriculture are encouraged to apply. Through completion of the program, students will be familiarized with current standards surrounding agricultural science education including the delivery of supervised agricultural experiences, as well as possess the ability to successfully integrate technology into their instruction to promote student learning.
Offered jointly by the GSE and Rutgers’ School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS), this program was created to allow students who already possess a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science or a related field to go on to earn their teacher certification and a master’s degree in education. 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:
Degree + Teacher Certification
What You’ll Learn
Graduates of the Ed.M. program with (K-12) teacher certification in agricultural science education will exit the program 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.
For more information about the courses in this program, please visit the course catalog and online schedule of classes.
This program typically takes 2 years to complete and includes:
- 2 no-credit Course Modules – Completed in the First Summer Semester
- 53 Graduate Course Credits
- 10 Credits – Completed in the First Fall Semester
- 10 Credits – Completed in the First Spring Semester
- 6 Credits – Completed in the Second Summer Semester
- 15 Credits – Completed in Second Fall Semester
- 12 Credits – Complete in Second Spring Semester
Graduates are expected to complete the required course sequence and satisfy their general education requirements, liberal arts credits, and complete their portfolio concurrently through completion of their coursework. Accepted students have 5 years to complete the program.
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.