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  Ag Teacher Supply & Demand - Teach Ag  
  Dean Dittmar  12/27/2022 9:00:00 AM  

The Illinois agriculture teacher supply and demand summary shows some significant positive trends.  Click to view.

Beginning the 2022-23 school year in August, programs and teachers have increased.
-375 total agriculture education programs - Net increase of (16) over a year ago
-519 total agriculture teachers - Net increase of (40) over a year ago

Summary Highlights
-139 ag teacher vacancies which is an all time high.
-132 ag teacher vacancies were filled 
-10 ag teachers retired 
-36 ag teachers left the ag teaching profession due to an industry/education job or personal reason
-16 schools added a program
-3 ag programs postponed their program for a year
-33 additional ag teachers were hired to existing programs
-36 ELS-Educator License with Stipulations (formerly provisional) teachers were hired
-30 projected agricultural education graduates for May 2023
-Average ag teacher salary - $$60,873
-Average first year ag teacher salary - $49,068
-Average teacher contract length - 11 months

More information, view: 
-National Teach Ag Information
-Add an agriculture teaching endorsement
-Educator License with Stipulations (ELS) teaching license
-Apply for a teaching license
-Current ag teaching vacancies and candidates

Why Teach Agriculture?

Ag teachers never have the same day twice. One day they might be in a classroom or laboratory, the next visiting students in the field, preparing teams for a FFA Career Development Event, or leading a community service activity with their FFA Chapter.  Demand for agriculture teachers is much higher than the current and projected supply. 

  • Teach by doing, not just telling
  • Share their passion for agriculture
  • Create lessons that are hands-on
  • Reach students, including those who might not be successful in a traditional classroom
  • Teach these topics: biotechnology, cloning, satellite mapping, biofuels, alternative energy and more.
  • Travel in state, nationally, and even internationally.
  • Work with new and emerging technology from agribusiness companies.
  • Attend state and national FFA Conventions for life

Agricultural educators are often on extended contracts, which means they get paid during the summer months and have the potential to earn a significantly higher salary than other teachers.

Consider an agricultural education teaching career or career change.  The future is bright and promising.

(sent to all contacts including administrators and counselors)

Dean Dittmar
Facilitating Coordination in Ag Education (FCAE)
Phone: 217-893-0091 Cell: 618-604-1622
Address: 3358 Big Pine Trail , Champaign, IL 61822
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