Examples of Acceptable Coursework for Certification in Agriculture Education

Agriculture Education is a systematic program of instruction available to students desiring to learn about the science, business, and technology of plant and animal production and/or about the environmental and natural resources systems.

Agricultural Education prepares students for successful careers and a lifetime of informed choices. Agricultural Education envisions a world where all people value and understand the vital role of agriculture, food, fiber, and natural resources systems in advancing personal and global well-being. FFA is integral to the instruction of Agricultural Education.

Secondary school Agricultural Education programs are composed of three essential components: classroom instruction, supervised work experience, and integrated student leadership development activities through the FFA. FFA is an inter curricular component of an agricultural career and technical education program which prepares students for a wide range of careers in agriculture and other agriculture-related occupations.

Each approved program must provide students with strong experience in and understanding of all aspects of the Agricultural Industry, which includes work-based learning options; All coursework must fall within the Agriculture Food, and National Resources standards (AFNR) to include coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant career and technical content in a coordinated, non-duplicative progression of courses.

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Examples of Acceptable Courses for Agribusiness

  • Agricultural Advertising/Merchandising
  • Agricultural Business Management
  • Agricultural Commodities
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Finance
  • Agricultural Marketing
  • Agricultural Salesmanship
  • International Agriculture
  • International Business and Agricultural Policy
  • Internship in Agribusiness

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Examples of Acceptable Courses for Animal Science

  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Animal Behavior
  • Animal Care and Management
  • Animal Diseases
  • Animal Health
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Animal Science
  • Artificial Insemination
  • Dairy Science
  • Equine Science
  • Livestock Management
  • Poultry Science
  • Small or Large Animal Specialization Courses including wild and Exotic
  • Veterinary Science

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Examples of Acceptable Courses for Environmental Science

  • Environmental History
  • Environmental Monitoring and Conservation
  • Environmental Sampling
  • Environmental Science
  • Natural Resources and Biotechnology
  • Pollution/Solid Waste Management/Water Treatment
  • Renewable and Non-Renewable Resources
  • Soils/Meteorology
  • Water and Air Quality
  • Water Quality
  • Wetlands Biology

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Examples of Acceptable Courses for Food Products and Processing

  • Food and Nutritional Analysis
  • Food Laws, Regulations, Regulatory Processes
  • Food Product Development
  • Food Products and Processing
  • Food Safety and Protection of our Food Supply
  • Food Science and the Consumer
  • Organic Food Production
  • Scientific Study of Food Products
  • USDA/FDA Standards

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Examples of Acceptable Courses for Natural Resources

  • Aquaculture
  • Disease Management
  • Ecology
  • Entomology
  • Forestry
  • Geology/Mining
  • Hydrology
  • Land Use
  • Management of Natural Resources Systems
  • Meteorology
  • Natural Resource Regulation, Protection, and Management
  • Natural Resource Sampling
  • Natural Resources and Biotechnology
  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Principles of Natural Resource Conservation
  • Protecting National Resources
  • Soil Science
  • Wildlife, Fisheries, and Forest Biology
  • Wildlife, Range, and Forestry Management
  • Wood Science and Pulp/Paper Technology

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Examples of Acceptable Courses for Plant Systems

  • Agronomy
  • Arboriculture
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany
  • Climate
  • Controlling Weeds and Pests
  • Crop Rotation
  • Entomology
  • Fertilizers
  • Floral Design
  • Floriculture
  • Forest and Range Ecology
  • Forestry
  • Green House Management
  • Horticulture
  • Landscaping
  • Nursery Operations
  • Pesticides/Pest Management
  • Plant Breeding
  • Plant Identification/Classification
  • Plant Nutrition
  • Plant Pathology
  • Plant Physiology
  • Plant Production and Management
  • Plant Propagation
  • Plant Reproduction/Breeding
  • Plant Science Research
  • Plant Sciences
  • Range Science
  • Soil Sciences
  • Soils
  • Tree Identification
  • Turf Grass Management
  • Weed Identification/Science

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Examples of Acceptable Courses for Power, Structural & Technical Systems

  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Building Codes
  • Electrical Systems
  • Energy Sources
  • Engine Troubleshooting, Service, and Repair
  • Equipment Operation
  • Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Heavy Equipment Maintenance and Service
  • Hydraulic Systems
  • Lubricants
  • Mechanical Equipment Operation
  • Mechanical Tools and Safety
  • Power Systems
  • Power Transmission Systems
  • Steering, Suspension and Traction
  • Structural Systems
  • Surveying and Mapping
  • Tool Identification and Maintenance
  • Welding and Fabrication

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To learn what types of courses are part of a major in Agriculture, you may wish to review the course catalogs of New York State colleges that have programs which lead to teacher certification in Agriculture. A list of these colleges can be found by using the Inventory of Registered Programs .

For a complete description of what a teacher is expected to know in order to teach Agricultural as defined in the New York State Learning Standards, go to the New York State Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE) Agriculture Test Framework external link'

Last Updated: May 2, 2018