Nurturing growth. Building community. Serving society. Whether teachers of agricultural and extension education or professionals in community youth development, our graduates are prepared to integrate their research-based education into their professional pursuits. Whether focused on agricultural leadership or community leadership, our graduates are equipped to help youth, families and communities prosper.
Our graduates make a difference.
In communities large and small, they're leading programs and providing services that benefit youth, individuals and families.
Graduates of our programs find success in a number of fields — from nonprofit administration, secondary education, and agricultural leadership to community youth development, volunteer resource management, and family sciences.
A degree from our department enables you to pursue a meaningful career or continue your education in graduate or professional school. Opportunity awaits you in one of the many career paths below.
Through this track, you can pursue a career in teaching and FFA leadership or become an industry sales rep, consultant or manager.
The agricultural industry needs professionals who can manage and lead. Explore the exciting career options.
This field offers a wide variety of job opportunities, from parenting coach to public speaker and workshop leader.
Professionals in this field support couples to help make their relationships work. From teaching to counseling, the possibilities are abundant.
Extension delivers research-based knowledge to communities in every corner of the state. Discover opportunities in Extension.
Have a love for writing, marketing or public relations? Apply those skills to a meaningful career in the agricultural industry.
Family Life Education
Interested in strengthening families in your community? The field of relationship education offers a variety of career choices.
Careers in this field offer an opportunity to improve the quality of life of communities in need.
Passionate about helping others? From a community organizer to a nonprofit manager, many career possibilities are available.
Family Life Coaching
Demand for family life coaches is on the rise. Strengthen one of the key pillars of our society through this rewarding career.
Do you desire to help young adults develop life skills that will help them succeed? Consider a career in youth development.
Graduate or Professional School
Enhance your career prospects with a master's or doctoral degree. We offer degrees in both of our program areas.
Training the Pros
With his degree in hand, Christian Gray owns and operates D.I.V.E.R.S.E. (Dedicated Individuals who Value Education, Relationships, Success, and Effort) LLC, a nonprofit that uses basketball in developing leadership skills and ethical decision-making among minority youth. He has helped children, teenagers, and NBA players hone their skills on and off the court. Gray is also featured in the Winter 2017 issue of CALS Magazine.
Making an Impact Through Coaching
Bria Sledge earned a graduate certificate in family life education and coaching in June 2016. She works as an after-school coordinator at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, N.C. From playground safety to the dangers of radon, Bria is dedicated to helping families and communities understand the issues that could affect their welfare.
Learning to Teach, Teaching to Learn
Joy Morgan earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in Agricultural Education at NC State. She returned to her home county and taught both middle and high school agricultural education before returning to pursue her doctorate degree. Joy is now an assistant professor at NC State and shares her passion for agriculture by teaching the next generation of agricultural educators.
Alumna Starts Family Education Consulting Business
Stephanie Jones is an independent parenting education and family life consultant at her own business, Just Families, which provides parent education and support services to parents, families and organizations. “The greatest impact that CALS has had on my life and career is related to the relationships that I formed with CALS professors, colleagues and students,” Jones said.
Solve Global Challenges
Interested in an international experience? Check out AgriCorps, an organization that sends agriculture professionals to developing nations to teach agriculture for a year.
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