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National Teach Ag Day - September 17, 2020

The tenth annual National Teach Ag Day celebration will take place on Thursday, September 17. National Teach Ag Day is designed to encourage others to teach school based agriculture and recognize the important role that agriculture teachers play in our schools and communities.  To learn more, visit the National Teach Ag Website.

 

2020 Teach Ag! Essay Content

LEAD Society unveils the 2020 Teach Ag! Essay Contest. Below is a link where all the materials can be accessed in a shared Google Folder for your and your students' convenience. The deadline for this year's contest is midnight on Sunday, November 1, 2020.

https://tinyurl.com/2020TeachAgEssayContest

This year's theme is "Innovate". We ask that as students begin to plan their lesson and construct their essay, that they do their best to incorporate this theme to some degree.  All past participants of this contest, except those who have placed first, are encouraged to participate in the 2020 Teach Ag! Essay Contest.  

If you have any questions relating to the contest,  contact Taylor Halbleib - Teach Ag! Essay Contest Chair email - [email protected]
Phone - 717-492-4600

 

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:

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.ffa.org.

 

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.

 

Resources for Future Teachers

Where ever you are in your journey to became an Ag Teacher, the National Association of Agriculture Educators website has great resources and information to help you along the way.  

High School Student
Current College Student
College Graduate

 

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.