If you’ve ever envisioned yourself working with agriculture and people or thought about inspiring young people in a classroom setting, the LEAP program may be for you.
Licensure in Education for Agricultural Professionals (LEAP) is an online teacher certification program in agricultural education. Upon completion, LEAP graduates are certified to teach agriculture in schools.
What is LEAP?
Offered through NC State, the LEAP program is available nationwide and is delivered through distance education technologies. The program provides a teaching license to individuals who have baccalaureate degrees in agriculture, natural resources, and closely related disciplines to teach agriculture in school settings. The goal of the program is to address the shortage of qualified agricultural education teachers.
Students who successfully complete the program will receive a class “A” teaching license from the state of North Carolina. The North Carolina teaching license is recognized by 40+ states, Department of Defense schools, and the U.S. Territories. The teacher education program at North Carolina State University is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
- A baccalaureate degree in agriculture, natural resources, or closely related field from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States.
- 24 credit hours of agriculture content is required for an agricultural teaching license. If these hours are not met prior to applying to the program, you can add these content courses to your LEAP program hours. NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences offers several introductory agriculture courses at a distance which can be taken to satisfy the 24 credit hours needed.
- Minimum 2.75 GPA on all collegiate-level work
LEAP is a rigorous program and requires significant commitment.
The LEAP program itself requires 21 credit hours. Students must maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA in all coursework. (If the courses are to be applied toward a graduate certificate or master’s degree, a 3.0 GPA is needed.) Only courses in which you earn a grade of “C” or higher can be counted toward licensure requirements.
All LEAP students are assigned an advisor. The advisor will assist you in selecting courses and determining the appropriate course load.
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The five core AEE courses are all web-based. Students need access to the internet and a computer that can handle streaming video and audio. Students will also need a word processing program and PowerPoint.
LEAP students pay tuition at North Carolina State University. Visit the Student Services website for current distance education course fees. Students who are in the LEAP program and take two courses a semester may qualify for federal loans and other financial aid.