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Agriculture Graduate Certificate

Agricultural Certification

Enrich your professional experience while earning graduate credit for animal science and plant science courses through an Agriculture graduate certificate. The University of Central Missouri’s Agriculture certificate programs provide you with the knowledge, skills and certification to teach dual-credit agriculture courses to high school students to help these students earn college credit. 

An Agriculture program certificate with online courses and in-person labs

Take six classes — over the course of two summers — and earn an Agriculture graduate certificate from the University of Central Missouri. We combine online instruction with in-person labs that meet periodically on our Warrensburg campus to fulfill agriculture teacher education requirements to teach dual-credit courses in Missouri.

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Dr. Mark Goodwin
Associate Professor
Grinstead Building, Room 214
Warrensburg, MO
Tel: 660-543-8113

College of Health, Science and Technology

Department of Agriculture

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Missouri’s only Ag program certificate

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Top 15% best value program

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Plant Science or Animal Science options

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Qualify to teach dual-credit courses

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Mix of on-campus and online coursework

What you will study

Gain advanced knowledge and skills in teaching agriculture through UCM’s Agriculture graduate certificate. In two years, you can finish Missouri’s agriculture teacher education requirements through core courses in:

  • Advanced Readings in Agriculture
  • Advanced Agribusiness Management
  • Agricultural Economics and Statistics 
  • Research Problems in Agriculture

Choose to focus in Animal Science or Plant Science

From there, choose between two options within our Agriculture certificate programs — Animal Science or Plant Science — featuring in-depth courses in each specialty area. Both graduate certificate options provide you with additional training that meets agriculture teacher education requirements.


Excellence in Agriculture

  • #1: Best Value College for Agricultural Business & Management in Missouri (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 15.5%: Most Focused Colleges for Agricultural Business & Management (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities with an Agriculture program certificate

Whether you choose the Plant Science or Animal Science program concentration in UCM’s Agriculture certificate, you’ll gain hands-on learning opportunities working with farm animal livestock or various plant species. 

  • UCM’s university-owned farms: We have 370 acres within five miles of our campus in Warrensburg. For Animal Science program students, you’ll learn about animal behavior and welfare, diagnose pregnancy through ultrasound, evaluate livestock, perform diet formulation and many other hands-on activities. For Plant Science students, learn how to recognize symptoms of various diseases, measure various phenotypic traits or perform manual-controlled crosses of various crops.
  • Field trips and guest speakers: Hear from leaders in Plant Science or Animal Science programs who visit campus to discuss the skills needed to teach advanced high school students. Our Agriculture graduate certificate program courses also get you outside the classroom by taking field trips to learn more about the Agriculture industry from local companies and government agencies.  
  • Personalized classes: Our program classes are small — approximately 10 graduate students are in each course. This means you get to work with your classmates and faculty members on a personalized basis and move your career forward in a way that works for you.


What can you do with an Agriculture certificate from UCM?

Specifically designed to meet Agriculture teacher education requirements, our Agriculture certificate programs will prepare you to work with high school students who are interested in Plant Science or Animal Science programs.

More on jobs with Agriculture certificates

Discover more about careers with an Agriculture certificate from UCM. You can explore job outlooks and salary expectations in different fields related to teaching animal and plant science.




Financial assistance options for Agriculture certificate programs

UCM’s competitive tuition rates are just one reason why LendEDU named us a top-ranked university for low student debt. We offer several ways to help you finance your college education in our Agriculture certificate program, including scholarships for graduate students in Agriculture. You can learn more about program-specific scholarships with the UCM Scholarship Finder.

As a student in UCM’s graduate Agriculture certificate program, you’ll also gain access to grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture that subsidize 75% of college tuition.


Graduate Admission Information

Contact Dr. Goodwin

Email Dr. Goodwin at Specify which area you want to enroll: Plant Science or Animal Science. You will be enrolled in the three classes for your area. Specify if you want to be considered for the 75% tuition reimbursement. The application deadline for students enrolling for the summer 2022  session is April 30, 2022. The tuition reimbursement selection committee will contact you for additional information needed for the tuition reimbursement selection process.

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