student, faculty
Graduate Student
Human Sciences
Work Filley Hall (FYH) 143
Lincoln NE 68583-0947
Work 402-472-2815 On campus, dial 2-2815
Matt Kreifels teaches courses in leadership and field experiences and works with student teachers and beginning agriscience teachers, including ALEC 234, ALEC 331, ALEC 405L, ALEC 431 and ALEC 804. He coordinates professional development for current Nebraska agricultural education teachers, manages the Nebraska Beginning Teacher program connected to ALEC 804, and coordinates the Nebraska Career Development Events.<br><br>Kreifels earned his bachelor's degree in agricultural sciences from UNL and his master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Wayne State College. From 2010 - 2018, he served in a dual appointment between UNL and the Nebraska Department of Education as the State Director of Agricultural Education. Before coming to UNL in 2010, Kreifels taught agricultural education courses and served as FFA advisor for nine years at Blair High School. He is also a doctoral student in Human Sciences with a Leadership emphasis at UNL.


  • Other, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2020
  • MS, Wayne State College, 2005
  • BS, University of Nebraska--Lincoln, 2001


  • ALEC 234, Planning Leadership and Experience Programs, Spring 2018
  • ALEC 234, Planning Leadership and Experience Programs, Spring 2019
  • ALEC 804, Problems of Beginning Agriscience Teachers, Spring 2019
  • ALEC 331, Supervised Field Experiences, Spring 2019
  • ALEC 405L, Methods of Instruction Laboratory Education, Spring 2019
  • ALEC 431, Student Teaching, Spring 2019

icon-documentPublications and Other Intellectual Contributions

  • Building the Capacity of 4-H Youth Development in Iraq, Journal of Youth Development

icon-business-chartResearch & Grants

  • Know Your Well, Ne Environmental Trust, April 2016


  • Creating Youth Opportunities in Iraq, USDAID via Florida 4-H Foundation, Erbil, Iraq

icon-bookmark-starAwards & Honors

  • Nebraska Agricultural Education Outstanding Mentor, Nebraska Agricultural Educators Association, 2018
  • Service Recognition: 5 Years, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2015

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