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Agricultural Education and Communication

Agricultural Education and Communication

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Graduate Certificates

Graduate certificates are available in AEC for those pursuing graduate degrees and non-degree seeking students who are pursuing professional development. Three courses are required in each certificate area, with specific requirements outlined below. The University of Florida outlines specific steps for application to a certificate program. The process is available on the admissions website.

If you have any questions regarding graduate certificates (courses, enrollment, etc.), please contact Becky Raulerson,

Agriscience Secondary Teaching Preparation Graduate Certificate (Alternative Certification)

This six-course certification program is designed for agriculture teachers seeking Florida Teacher certification at the secondary level (grades 6-12). All courses are offered online, and any credits taken for the certificate can later be used for a master's program in agricultural education and communication at the University of Florida.

Learn more here.

Teaching and Learning in Agricultural and Life Sciences

Designed to assist individuals in agriculture and natural resources improve teaching skills in, formal, nonformal, and informal settings. Specifically the topics to be addressed include theories, principles, and practices associated with effective instruction in a variety of educational programming settings.

Required Courses:
AEC 6543: Teaching and Learning Theory: Applications in Agricultural Education and Communication
AEC 6210: Designing Educational Programs in Agricultural Settings
AEC 6211: Delivering Educational Programs in Agricultural Settings

Leadership in Agriculture and Natural Resources

Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of leadership through theoretical development and application (praxis) in agriculture and natural resource settings. Promotion of leadership in organizational and community settings with an emphasis on teamwork, conflict management and personality.

Required Courses:
AEC 5454: Leadership Development for Extension and Community Nonprofit Organizations
AEC 6411: Organizational Leadership

One elective course:
AEC 5416: Critical and Creative Thinking
AEC 6300: Methodology of Planned Change 
AEC 6426: Development of a Volunteer Leadership Program