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What is AgEd?    

Agricultural education teaches students about agriculture, food and natural resources. Through these subjects, agricultural educators teach students a wide variety of skills, including science, math, communications, leadership, management and technology.

Agricultural education is delivered through three interconnected components:

  • Classroom or laboratory instruction.
  • Experiential learning — Learning experiences that usually take place outside of the classroom, supervised by the agriculture instructor.
  • Leadership education — delivered through student organizations such as the National FFA Organization, the National Young Farmer Education Association, National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization and others.

Many high school agriculture programs use FFA to enhance the leadership and experiential learning portions of their program. To learn more about FFA and its influence on agricultural education, visit www.paffa.org.

Ag Teacher's Creed

I am an agricultural educator by choice and not by chance.

I believe in American agriculture; I dedicate my life to its development and the advancement of its people.

I will strive to set before my students by my deeds and actions the highest standards of citizenship for the community, state and nation.

I will endeavor to develop professionally through study, travel and exploration.

I will not knowingly wrong my fellow teachers. I will defend them as far as honesty will permit.

I will work for the advancement of agricultural education and I will defend it in my community, state and nation.

I realize that I am a part of the school system. I will work in harmony with school authorities and other teachers of the school.

My love for youth will spur me on to impart something from my life that will help make for each of my students a full and happy future.


Become an Ag Teacher in PA    

The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires the following to become certified to teach agriculture education in PA:

  • Have a 3.0 GPA during under graduate studies
  • Pass a series of PAPA pre-certification teacher examinations required in PA
  • Have documentation of at least 80 hours of volunteer or paid education work experience with learners of the age group the candidate plans to teach. At least 40 of these age-appropriate 80 hours must be with learners whose cultural, social, or ethnic backgrounds differ from the candidate's own. 
  • Complete an early field experience, with the cooperating teacher at the designated school. This is specified by the certification program. 
  • Complete at least 48 semester credit hours literature
  • Secure a student teaching experience in the requested area of certification.
  • CPR and First Aid Certification 
  • Background checks
  • All candidates seeking initial certification must complete an application for the appropriate certificate, which does require a physical examination by a physician licensed to practice in Pennsylvania.
  • Also, an application fee, made payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is required.


Pennsylvania Ag Educators Association    
PAAE advocates for agricultural education, provide professional development for agricultural educators, and work to recruit and retain agricultural educators in the profession. They offer a variety of programs and services to support this three-pronged mission.  Please visit the "PAAE" tab for more information...

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