The Elite Conference

If you are going to be a Junior or Senior in high school and you are interested in teaching agriculture – this conference is for you!

The Elite Conference is hands-on, packed with activities and is designed to get you off the right start in your future in agricultural education.

During the Elite Conference you will learn about the ag teaching profession, talk with university representatives, current ag teachers, plus more!

Students who attended in the Elite Conference had this to say:

“Everything was amazing; it really continued to give me the punch to keep going; the teacher panel was the best – to see real life situations.”

“I love teaching lesson to others, so my favorite part was getting in groups and teaching. This is an excellent conference! I enjoyed it immensely because all the opportunities that were here for us.”

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How to Become a Teacher

1. Spend a day or two job shadowing an agriculture teacher to find out more about the career.

2. Research the post secondary school that will best fit your goals and ideals about pursuing your degree in agricultural education.

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3. Attending an Elite Conference in your area will help you meet up with the schools in Illinois who offer agricultural education degrees.

4. Get some early field experience during your coursework in college and find out if teaching is right for you.

5. While you are student teaching, during your senior year of college, check out Job Lisitngs on to so see the openings throughout the state of Illinois and start applying.

6. Embrace your new career as an agriculture teacher in Illinois. There are many who will assist you in getting established. Contact your District FCAE Program Advisor for their services.


"Teaching agriculture was an
extremely rewarding career. I taught because I had a high school teacher of agriculture that was a fantastic instructor and I wanted to model my career after his. The deeper I got into my career, the more I loved it. It gave me a chance to share my knowledge with others in a creative and effective way.

I continued my career at the college level because I felt the need to broaden my influence through teaching agriculture there. As a university faculty member in agriculture, I have been given opportunities I could have never dreamt possible."

Jeffrey A. Wood, Professor and Dean of Applied Science & Technology, Illinois State University



Contact Information

Illinois State University

Dick Steffen
Agricultural Education Professor
Campus Box 5020
Normal, IL 61790-5020

Phone: 309/438-8084
Fax: 309/438-5653

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Southern Illinois University

Seb Pense
Assistant Professor
Plant, Soil, and Agricultural Systems–SIUC
Carbondale, IL 62901

Phone: 618/453-2467

Dexter Wakefield
Associate Professor
Plant, Soil, and Agricultural Systems–SIUC
Carbondale, IL 62901

Phone: 618/453-6984
Fax: 618/536-7734

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University of Illinois

Dr. James Anderson

Brandy Biros

Corey Flournoy
Department of Human and Community Development
Urbana, IL 61801

Phone: 217/244-7286

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Western Illinois University

Dr. Andrew Baker
Department of Agriculture
College of Business and Technology
Knoblauch Hall 145
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390

Phone: 309/298-1080
Fax: 309/298-2280

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