Why this certificate?

The issues involved in food security are complex, intertwined and vary between locations.  Over the years, the policies have focused on many aspects of international development.  However, the role of Agricultural Education and Training plays in improving food security and economic development has been under emphasized.  AET is a critical link for the local populations to create local solutions for unique food security issues.

This program is designed to produce the next generation of AET scholars and implementers.  Graduates will be equipped with a combination of critical thinking, research, and community engagement skills that will allow them to be leaders in AET innovation.

Program Outcomes

This graduate certificate will complement Virginia Tech graduate students’ academic education by preparing them with the following skills and abilities:

  • Becoming an Agricultural Education and Training expert
  • Becoming and expert Program Manager
  • Becoming an agent of local change
  • Becoming knowledgeable in food systems
  • Becoming experienced in international policy and advocacy


This certificate requires completion of five courses for a total of 15 credit hours. These courses include:

ALCE 5044:  Program and Curriculum Design

ALCE 5114:  Serving International Agriculture and Education

ALCE 5204:  Evaluating Extension and Outreach Programs

ALCE 5604:  International Program Management

ALCE 5655:  Food Systems Research and Extension

ALCE 5656:  Agriculture Education and Training

Admission & Conferral

Admission to the Graduate School and completing a Graduate Certificate Application are required for all students.  For both degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking students, the Graduate School requires completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or better for admission to Certificate Status.  Applicants with an undergraduate GPA less than a 3.0 may qualify for Commonwealth Campus admission.  Students pursuing a degree and a certificate simultaneously are classified within their degree program.  Certificate credits may be used to meet degree requirements if they are appropriate for inclusion on the degree Plan of Study.  When all requirements have been satisfied, participants will submit an application for certificate conferral to have the certificate added to their academic transcript.  Participating students should complete the Graduate Certificate Application.

For More Information:

Dr. James C. Anderson, II
Agricultural, Leadership and Community Education
Virginia Tech
2280 Litton-Reaves Hall, Mail Code 0343
Blacksburg, VA  24061