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Post-Secondary Educators teach agriculture related courses at the college or university level within their specialized area of expertise.  Some may also conduct research as part of their role within the university.



What responsibilities will I have?

  • Design and teach classes in chosen discipline subjects
  • Prepare and deliver lectures  
  • Utilize and teach the most recent technology within the industry
  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, presentations and handouts
  • Demonstrate technical skills and task in laboratory settings
  • Assign and grade papers as well as laboratory projects
  • Conduct research in subject discipline and publish papers
  • Apply for and secure grant funding
  • Collaborate with other educators and scientist on research projects and courses
  • Advise undergraduate and graduate students
  • Attend meetings
  • May serve as advisor for clubs and organizations


What education and training is required?

Most post-secondary educators will have doctorate degree in their chosen discipline but in some cases a master’s degree will suffice. 


To pursue a career as a Post-Secondary Educator:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, biology, botany, chemistry, mathematics and computer courses.


Where can I work?

Post-secondary educators are employed by community colleges, junior colleges, technical schools and universities that have agricultural related programs. 


Future Job Market/Outlook

The future outlook for Post-Secondary Agriculture Educators will be great over the next five years. 


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations

  • North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture 
  • National Association of Agriculture Educators
  • American Association for Agricultural Education


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