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ABAC receives certification for ag education program

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission approved accreditation for the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) agricultural education program, according to an ABAC press release.

“Having our Agricultural Education program approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission as an educator preparation provider and educator preparation program is a major accomplishment for ABAC,” Dr. Mark Kistler, dean of the ABAC School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, said.  “Our students can now be certified to teach agricultural education at the middle and high school level in Georgia.”

Dr. Marcus Johnson, Education Department Head at ABAC, said ABAC received approval from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to offer the Agricultural Education bachelor’s degree in 2016. Since that time, ABAC faculty members and administrators have been working to ensure the college is able to recommend candidates for teacher certification upon their completion of the bachelor of science in agricultural education degree program.

“This vote makes it official that ABAC can submit teachers for candidacy to the Professional Standards Commission,” Johnson said.  “Students who complete the rigorous and content-heavy ABAC Agricultural Education program and pass licensure exams will be certified to teach Agricultural Education in the state of Georgia. Because of ABAC’s strong reputation among agricultural educators, we expect that the demand for our students will be very high.”

ABAC Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs Darby Sewell expects 27 ABAC students to be ready for student teaching duties in January 2019. She said approximately 140 students are enrolled in the degree program, which is expected to award its first bachelor’s degrees in ag education in May 2019.