This summer, 576 current and future agriculture teachers received CASE training certifications that they will be able to use this school year. As the push for STEM education continues, teachers are recognizing the importance of receiving rigorous professional development in the area of agriscience. CASE Institutes train agriculture teachers to enhance their agricultural curriculum with complex scientific concepts in a hands-on manner that focuses on higher order thinking in the classroom.
- AFNR: 183, including 34 pre-service teachers
- ASA: 133, including 55 pre-service teachers
- ASP: 66
- APT: 75
- NRE: 45
- APB: 19
- FSS: 33
- MSA: 14 (including two Lead Teachers)
- ARD: 8
The number of certifications will continue to grow as the University of Arizona adds six AFNR certifications for pre-service teachers, along with 19 additional pre-service teachers at Kansas State University, who will also be certified in AFNR this fall. CASE training and certification options for pre-service teachers continue to grow as postsecondary agricultural education programs look to find innovative ways to prepare their students for their teaching careers.
There are a few models being used at various postsecondary institutions to provide pre-service teachers with CASE certification. The first model integrates CASE Institute programming into the current pre-service coursework for graduation/licensing requirements. Another model uses standalone institutes during or after pre-service coursework to certify students. Both models provide pre-service agriculture teachers with access to CASE materials and help reinforce sound instructional techniques, while also providing a roadmap to design future courses of their own. Universities using CASE in their pre-service preparation programs are finding incredible results for enhanced student teaching performance and preparation.
To learn more about offering CASE certification as a part of your university pre-service program, check out the CASE Pre-service Host Planning Guide or contact the CASE Pre-service Coordinator, Dan Jansen.
For more information about CASE and to start planning for your CASE training next summer, follow this link.