Students pursuing a degree in Career and Technical Education complete courses in education and agriculture. Graduates with this degree pursue careers in both formal and informal education of agriculture. Formal education opportunities include teaching in the middle school or high school classroom. Informal education opportunities include working in Extension and the public or private sectors of industry. In addition to receiving the degree, graduates attain Rank III teaching certification in Agricultural Education.
Besides receiving the B.S. in Career and Technical Education, students completing the requirements obtain a letter of endorsement to teach agricultural education.
Requirements for teacher certification are as follows:
You must be admitted to the teacher education program (TEP) after you have completed, or complete during the semester in which you apply, 60 semester hours of course work and AED 110/FCS 110 Introduction to Career and Technical Education and have at least a 2.75 grade-point standing (on a 4.0 scale). See a full description of “Admission, Retention and Completion from Teacher Education Programs” in the College of Education section of this Bulletin.
Applicants are evaluated on an interview, recommendations, scholastic achievement, demonstrated skills, and professional commitment and goals. A student’s progress is continuously monitored, assessed, and reviewed throughout the teacher education program as described in the Teacher Education Programs section of this Bulletin. You must successfully complete assessment items and portfolio items as required. Further, you must successfully complete the Principles of Learning and Teaching Exam and a professional exam, scoring above cutoff scores specified by the State Board of Education for each exam. after completing these exams, students hired by Kentucky schools will complete a one-year paid internship as a first-year teacher and will be evaluated at least three times by a three-person committee before certification is completed.
Note: Because graduation and teacher certification requirements change frequently, students should obtain more complete information from their advisors.
To earn the Bachelor of Science in Career and Technical Education, the student must have a minimum of 120 credit hours with at least a 2.75 grade-point average (required for Teacher Certification). A minimum of 45 credit hours must be from upper division courses (300 level and above). Remedial courses may not be counted toward the total hours required for the degree.
Students must complete the following: