Why Choose Agriscience Education?
Agriscience 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. Some of the potential jobs for someone graduating with a degree in agricultural education could be:
- High School Agriscience Teacher
- Agricultural Salesman-Various Companies
- Agricultural Finance-Various Companies
- Forestry Commission-Forester
- Various Poultry Job Opportunities
- Store Manager-Various Agricultural Companies
- And many others…..
Agricultural Education uses a three-circle model of instruction. These are classroom and laboratory instruction, leadership development, and experiential learning. The successful integration of each of these three components results in a strong program that produces well rounded individuals who are prepared to be leaders in agriculture, business, and industry. 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.alabamaffa.org or www.ffa.org.
- Never have the same day twice
- Teach in a variety of settings
- Teach by doing, not just telling
- Share their passion for agriculture
- Create lessons that are hands-on
- Reach students, including those who might not be successful in a traditional classroom
- Teach about cutting edge topics, like cloning, satellite mapping, biofuels, alternative energy and more.
- Travel in state, nationally, and even internationally.
- Work with new and emerging technology from agribusiness companies.
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. For those not on extended contracts in Alabama, there is an opportunity for summer funding through a grant process (Request for Proposal) through the Alabama State Department of Education.
Competitive Salary and Benefits
Pay for teachers is very competitive in Alabama. The salary range for teachers in Alabama is $36,867 to $79,632; depending on salary, degree and contract length. Every school system sets their contract length for agriscience teachers. They range from 9 months (187 days) to 12 months (240 days). For the complete minimum salary schedule click here. Teachers in Alabama have great benefits. Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Insurance is available for teachers for a starting cost of $30/month for single coverage and $207/month for family coverage. Formore information click here. Alabama also has a great teacher retirement system (TRS). For more information click here.
Currently there is a national shortage of agricultural educators at the secondary level. It is estimated that there will be hundreds of unfilled positions across the United States this year, simply because not enough students are choosing to be agricultural educators. Several of those jobs will be right here in Alabama.
Making a Difference
Agriscience teachers have a unique opportunity to teach agriculture to students in an exciting activity-based setting that is centered on the development of the learner. By teaching agriculture you get the chance to convey the importance of agriculture to students and communities. Testimonials
Major in Ag Education.