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Secondary Education, BSE - Agriculture

Agriculture Teacher Certification and Degree

Agriculture is one of the fastest growing industries in the nation. As an agriculture teacher, you will guide students to become industry leaders and entrepreneurs by teaching them agricultural skills such as horticulture, animal science and agronomy. Get prepared for your vital role with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Agriculture from the University of Central Missouri. At UCM, we offer agriculture teacher certification for grades 9 through 12.

An accredited and supported agriculture teacher certification 

UCM’s Secondary Education program is steeped in history, offering you over 50 years of excellence. We provide future educators with a comprehensive background in all aspects of Career and Technical Education and can lead you to agriculture teacher certification. Our BSE in Agriculture is widely celebrated by our many alumni who, like us, want to see you grow.

A Secondary Education degree, which includes Agriculture, from the University of Central Missouri gives you an edge in the job market. Employers recognize UCM for the extensive field experience our graduates gain while earning their bachelor’s degree, and our active network of alumni have experienced a 100% job placement rate.

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50+ years agriculture teacher program

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100% job placement rate

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260-acre teaching and research farm

CAEP accreditation

Long-standing CAEP accreditation

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Ag and education student associations

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Various ag alumni scholarships available

What you will study

UCM’s Agriculture Teacher program for Secondary Education combines traditional values with modern practices in both education and agriculture. As a result, you’ll be well prepared to teach tomorrow’s agricultural leaders. 
In-person classes for this four-year program are held on our Warrensburg campus, with some courses available online for your convenience. All are taught by our dedicated faculty members who have experience in secondary education classrooms and are committed to providing you with personal attention and instruction. Through the coursework, you’ll meet agriculture teacher education requirements and be ready to take the state certification exam.

Transfer students quickly meet agriculture teacher education requirements at UCM

Undergraduate students entering UCM with an Associate of Arts in Teaching degree can expect to complete two years of coursework in agriculture education. Know that our faculty are committed to working with you to develop a plan of study that fits your timeline.


Excellence in Secondary Education

  • Top 15% of Most Focused Colleges for Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • One of the Most Focused Bachelor's Degree Colleges for Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • One of the Most Focused Colleges for Secondary Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 4.5% of the Most Popular Colleges for Secondary Education (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 5% of Most Popular Bachelor's Degree Colleges for Secondary Education (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities for agriculture teacher education

Secondary Education majors, including those for Agriculture, often tell us they enjoy UCM’s engaging faculty and dynamic content. When working to complete your agriculture teacher education requirements, you’ll gain access to:

  • Active Learning Classrooms: Engage with UCM faculty and other students in our newly renovated classrooms with state-of-the-art equipment. Practice teaching using in-demand technology, including interactive displays, smartboards and web camera equipment.
  • A greenhouse facility and our 260-acre teaching and research farm: Apply your classroom learning while you work with machinery, equipment and animals; plant and harvest crops; and conduct research with new and modern equipment.
  • Field experiences: Expect to complete extensive hours in area high schools beginning your sophomore year. Start by observing and co-teaching with an agriculture teacher before you transition to leading instruction and developing activities — all prior to student teaching in your final semester.  
  • FFA youth chapters: Work with local FFA chapters to gain a deeper understanding of the organization and learn how to run a chapter at a school in your future.
  • Student organizations: Get involved with student organizations for education or agriculture. These include UCM’s Agriculture Club, Horticulture Club, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Project CTE, the Delta Tau Alpha national agriculture honor society and the Agriculture Ambassadors.


What can you do with a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Teacher Education from UCM?

With your BSE degree in Agriculture Teacher Education from the University of Central Missouri, you can earn agriculture teacher certification to work in Missouri public schools. From working in a greenhouse to public speaking, welding to animal science, the lessons you teach will be wide ranging, while your impact on young minds is invaluable.

Job placement for UCM graduates who earn agriculture teacher certification is high, with most students employed before they finish student teaching. UCM’s Agriculture Teacher degree can also qualify you for jobs in agriculture — one of Missouri’s leading industries.

Discover career opportunities with agriculture teacher certification

UCM faculty will help you understand your job opportunities based on agriculture teacher education requirements. In the meantime, discover what your future holds using the interactive tool below.




Financial assistance options for your Agriculture Teacher degree

As you plan your path to become an agriculture teacher, your research may include looking for ways to fund your undergraduate degree. The University of Central Missouri makes available resources to help you finance your education. These include information on grants, loans and work study opportunities.

Scholarships to help you achieve agriculture teacher certification

Agriculture program alumni fund scholarships to help support our Secondary Education majors in Agriculture. Other scholarships are available through the College of Education as well as the university. See if you qualify for the following, among others, when you use the UCM Scholarship Finder.

  • Department of Agriculture Scholarship
  • Clarence Pearce Agriculture Scholarship
  • Earle F. and Clara L. Low Scholarship in Agriculture
  • Missouri Farm Bureau Foundation Agriculture Scholarship
  • Swigert Family International Agriculture Scholarship


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Take your degree further.

Evaluate and improve existing policies, curriculum and methods while leading colleagues and promoting career and technical education at all levels, in a UCM graduate program: 

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Make yourself more marketable.

Enhance your value to employers by adding a specialty program to expand your knowledge in agriculture or education:

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Explore programs related to agriculture teacher certification.

Based on your desire to become an agriculture teacher, you may also want to consider one of the following majors instead of, or in addition to, the BSE in Agriculture:  



UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri


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