How many years of college will it take to become an AgEd Teacher?
UConn has two programs for students who are preparing to teach Agricultural Education. Each of these programs is structured to allow you to earn a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Arts degree, and complete requirements for the Initial Educator Teaching Certificate in five years. Some students may take longer if they decide to complete extra courses for UConn’s Additional Degree program. Students who complete additional degree requirements earn a discipline/content area BS degree from the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) and an Agricultural Education BS degree from Neag School of Education (NSoE).
Why can’t I find Agricultural Education on the Undergraduate Admissions application?
Education/teacher certification programs at UConn are only offered to undergraduates at the junior/senior level and to graduate students. You will start your undergraduate education as a student in CAHNR in order to develop a solid content/subject area knowledge base for teaching AgEd. You may select a content-area major, such as Animal Science, Horticulture, Natural Resources, Resource Economics, Turf, etc., or the “Pre-Teaching Ag Sciences” (Pre-Teach Ag) major in CAHNR. We will help you select courses that will meet general education requirements, courses required for your major, and prerequisite courses for the teacher preparation/ certification programs in NSoE.
What are the two programs for AgEd teacher preparation/certification at UConn?
Years 1 & 2:
Students enroll in their undergraduate major of choice in CAHNR and complete general education requirements, courses for the major, and prerequisites for NSoE. Students apply by January 15 of the sophomore year to enter NSoE at the start of their junior year.
Years 3 & 4:
Students are NSoE undergraduates, taking courses in education and in agriculture. In addition to courses, students are also involved in K-12 school-based activities, including student teaching during the spring semester of the senior year.
Some students remain enrolled in both CAHNR and NSoE and complete additional courses to earn two Bachelor of Science degrees – one from NSoE in Agriculture Education and one from CAHNR in their content area major.
Students are NSoE graduate students. Most courses are in education; one course may be taken in CAHNR. Students obtain additional experience in schools by developing and completing an inquiry project/internship during the graduate year.
Students are CAHNR undergraduates and earn a Bachelor of Science degree in an CAHNR major. Students apply in the fall of senior year (by December 1) to enter the Neag School of Education as a graduate student.
TCPCG students start the school in the first summer session after graduating in May. The TCPCG requires a twelve month, full time commitment for two summer sessions and two full-time semesters. Students complete courses and projects during the summer to prepare for student teaching. Student teaching occurs during the Fall semester and additional school-based experience continues into the Spring semester. Course work and seminar interaction with other student teachers is included in each semester.
What kind of courses will I be taking in my subject area and in education?
Both programs will include a combination of general education requirements and subject/content area courses for the Bachelor of Science degree(s). Education courses are the primary emphasis during the Master of Arts year, but one to three courses in CAHNR may be possible. Sample course sequences are available on the Neag School of Education website.
What is the difference between degree completion and teacher certification?
The University of Connecticut awards the Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees to graduates who complete the requirements. The Connecticut State Department of Education issues teaching certificates to authorize qualified individuals to teach in schools. The Connecticut State Department of Education issues Initial Educator Teaching Certificates to graduates of IB/M program and TCPCG based on the recommendation of the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut.
Certification from one state does not guarantee eligibility to teach in another state. Connecticut participates in the NASDTIC Interstate Agreement for Facilitating Mobility of Educational Personnel. This agreement outlines reciprocity and other agreements between states.
Do I have to take the Praxis exams?
Connecticut law requires that prospective teachers complete assessments to assure they have essential academic and content area skills. Praxis I assesses academic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. All IB/M and TCPCG applicants must take Praxis I unless they qualify for a waiver based on SAT or ACT scores. Praxis II is used to assess content area knowledge. At this time, AgEd does not require Praxis II.
For more information on Agriculture Education at UConn, please contact:
CAHNR Office of Academic Programs
Telephone: (860) 486-2919