Matt Kreifels

Matt Kreifels

Associate Professor of Practice
Agricultural Education


Matt Kreifels serves as the program coordinator for the ALEC Agricultural Education and Skilled and Technical Sciences teacher preparation program. He advises students and teaches courses in leadership and field experiences, and works with student teachers and beginning Agriscience teachers, including:

  • ALEC 234:  Planning Leadership and Experience Programs
  • ALEC 405L:  Methods of Instruction Laboratory Education
  • ALEC 431:  Student Teaching
  • ALEC 804:  Problems of the Beginning Agriscience Teacher

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.


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 the FFA advisor for nine years at Blair High School. He is also a doctoral student in Human Sciences with a specialization in Leadership Studies at UNL.