(student, faculty)
Graduate Student Human Sciences Grad Studies
Work FYH 143
Lincoln NE 68583-0947
Work 402-472-2815 On-campus 2-2815
Matt Kreifels teaches courses in leadership and field experiences and works with student teachers and beginning agriscience teachers. As state director of agricultural education, he co-coordinates professional development for current Nebraska agricultural education teachers, directs statewide curriculum efforts, assists in creating new secondary agricultural education programs and coordinates the Nebraska Career Development Events. Kreifels earned his bachelor's degree in agricultural sciences from UNL and his master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Wayne State College. Before coming to UNL, he taught agricultural education courses and served as FFA advisor for nine years at Blair High School. His current split position between UNL and the Nebraska Department of Education is unique and helps create a synergy between the university's teacher-education efforts and the state's efforts to manage those teachers in the field.


  • 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 2016
  • ALEC 494, Undergraduate Seminar in Agricultural Education, Fall 2016
  • ALEC 804, Problems of Beginning Agriscience Teachers, Spring 2016
  • ALEC 431, Student Teaching, Fall 2016

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

  • Service Recognition: 5 Years, University of Nebraska - Lincoln, 2015

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