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Agricultural Education (Teacher Licensure)

*M.S. in Career and Technical Education

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Campus: 
Blacksburg

Instructions:
Residential/On Campus

Program Overview

Teaching Agriculture, a Teaching Job Like No Other

As you know, agriculture is a very dynamic field, one that provides exciting and fast-paced experiences!  Hence, teaching agriculture in a high school is the same.  It is like no other teaching job one has ever seen and offers opportunities for:

  • Working with high school students
  • Working with business partners in the business community
  • Taking students to state and national conferences
  • Teaching variety of agricultural production technology, horticulture, floral design, and animal care, to name just a few
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By far, it is the best teaching position in any given school.  It involves the best of both worlds – working with students and working with business leaders in the local community!

Why choose this program?

  • There is a critical shortage of agricultural teachers in Virginia.
  • Average starting salary is $45,000.00 and depending on where you live it can go as high as $55,000.00 plus.  And, this is for a 10-month contract (you have off in the summers and school holidays).
  • You can earn a Virginia teaching license with an endorsement in marketing and a VT master’s degree in one year.
  • The program can be custom-designed into a hybrid distance program, meaning you only have to spend three weeks in the summer and a fall semester in Blacksburg.   If you would like, the remainder of the program can be completed off campus.
  • The VT CTE program has achieved a 100% placement rate for its’ graduates for the past 10 years!
  • Career promotion opportunities include being a school administrator or a university professor. Early Field Experience in Career and Technical Education

What You'll Study

Master's Degree program is a 39-credit hour degree program consisting of coursework, internship, and electives. 

Some courses include:

  • Comprehension and Content Reading
  • Foundations of Career and Technical Education
  • Curriculum Development in CTE
  • Managing the CTE Program
  • Curriculum and Instructional Processes in Career & Technical Education
  • Strategies for Teaching Career and Technical Education
  • Advanced Curriculum Development & Program Mgmt in Career & Technical Education
  • Schooling in American Society
  •  Internship in Education
  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in related areas
  • GPA: Have earned at least a 3.0-grade point average (GPA) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework for regular admission status or 2.5 GPA to 2.99 GPA for provisional admission status.
  • Passing scores for Praxis I exam OR at least 1100 on SAT with 530 for the verbal section and 530 for the match section

Learn more 

There is a discount for in-state K-12 teachers; use this application form in order to receive the reduced costs. Otherwise, as with on-campus students, we refer you to the VT Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for information on financial assistance. Generally, distance learners may qualify for federal loans if they take 5 or more credit hours per semester.

Find out what loans are available as a graduate student and other opportunities.

State of Virginia Licensure Applicants

Spring: January 1
Summer I: May 1
Summer II: June 1
Fall:  August 1

Dr. Bill Price
Program Leader
Public Safety Building, Suite 201
330 Sterrett Drive
540-231-7390
wprice@vt.edu

School of Education Academic Programs Support 

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Questions?

Dr. Bill Price
Program Leader
Public Safety Building, Suite 201
330 Sterrett Drive
540-231-7390
wprice@vt.edu

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