Teach Ag Ed
Why Teach Agriculture?
Ag teachers never have the same day twice. One day they might be in a classroom or laboratory, the next visiting students in the field, preparing teams for a FFA Career Development Event, or leading a community service activity with their FFA Chapter. Demand for agriculture teachers is much higher than the current and projected supply.
- Teach by doing
- Share your passion for agriculture
- Create hands-on learning experiences
- Connect with all students, including those who might not be successful in a traditional classroom
- Teach about cutting-edge topics, biotechnology, satellite mapping, biofuels, alternative energy, and more.
- Travel in-state, nationally, and even internationally.
- Work with new and emerging technology from agribusiness companies.
- Attend state and national FFA Conventions for life
Agricultural educators are often on extended contracts, which means they get paid during the summer months and have the potential to earn a significantly higher salary than other teachers.
How do I become an Ag Teacher?
Kansas State University
- Undergraduate Agricultural Education degree (traditional, on-campus)
- Masters of Arts in Teaching Certification (12-month, online)
- Teaching and Learning Graduate Certificate (with optional Masters degree, on-campus)
- Undergraduate Agricultural Education degree, (traditional, on-campus)
- Transition to Teaching, Graduate Certificate (with optional Masters degree, 24-month, online)
Meet the 2021-22 Teach Ag Students of Kansas (TASK) Force Representatives
Cyla Gardner • East Central District
Corley Becker • North Central District
Mason Prester • Northeast District
ReAnna Dunlap • Northwest and Southwest districts
Colt Hahn • South Central District
Cara DeTar • Southeast District
2020-21 School Year
- 229 schools offering agricultural education courses
- 269 agriculture teachers
- 560 Agriculture related pathways are taught in Kansas High Schools
2019-20 Summary Highlights
- 45 agriculture teacher changes from 2019-20 to 2020-2021
- 30 new teachers were welcomed into the Ag Ed profession in 2020-21
- 6 ag teachers retired in May, 2020
- 23 ag teachers left the ag teaching profession for non-retirement reasons
- 9 schools added agriculture courses
- 18 teachers were hired with non-traditional certification
For more information, view:
K-State Ag Ed Statistics
- 20 projected agricultural education graduates for May 2021
- Average starting teacher salary – $41,474
- 100% placement for Ag Ed graduates