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Earth Science Education

Department of Geography, Geology and Planning 


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Earth Science Education Program Coordinator

Missouri State University
901 South National Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65897
Office: 417-836-5800
Fax: 417-836-6006
Email: geology@missouristate.edu
http://www.geosciences.missouristate.edu

Career Preparation

Earth science is a major part of the high school science curriculum in Missouri, and well trained earth science teachers are therefore in high demand. Graduates of the Missouri State earth science education program find placement in Missouri’s public and private schools with ease and adjust well to the teaching environment. Other areas of potential employment for earth science education graduates include outreach and education programs of environmental and conservation agencies.

Academic Program

Missouri State University offers a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Earth Science Education that is certifiable for grades 9-12. The program is accredited by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and carries with it an initial professional certificate (PCI) to teach in the state of Missouri.

This program offers two options: the Categorical Science--Earth Science option is for those students intending to teach exclusively earth science whereas the Unified Science--Earth Science option is for those students who primarily want to teach earth science but who also want certification to teach introductory courses in each of the other sciences as well.

Students planning to major in Earth Science Education should take a college preparatory curriculum in high school, with as much science, mathematics and English as possible.

Courses

In addition to general education requirements, students take earth science courses in the College of Natural and Applied Sciences and professional education courses in the College of Education.

Required earth science courses include geology, atmospheric science, astronomy, oceanography, geomorphology, conservation of natural resources, science teaching methods and a field course designed to examine the geology of the U.S. mid-continent. Opportunities for field and laboratory studies can be tailored to individual needs.

Please consult the Missouri State Catalog online at www.missouristate.edu/catalog for course descriptions.

Faculty

The B.S.Ed. program in Secondary Education—Earth Science Education is administered through the Department of Geography, Geology and Planning, and each earth science education student is advised by a faculty member in that department. The department is staffed by 23 full-time faculty members, 12 of whom teach courses in the earth science education program.

Facilities

The Department of Geography, Geology, and Planning occupies lecture, laboratory and office space in Temple Hall. Students in the earth science education program have access to rock preparation, geochemistry, geophysics, cartography and other equipment utilized in science research projects. A complete line of field and surveying equipment provides support for the department’s numerous field trips and field-oriented research activities.

The recently renovated Duane G. Meyer Library is one of the largest libraries in Missouri, with a collection of more than 711,000 volumes. The earth science education program benefits especially from the extensive Curriculum and Map collections. Greenwood Laboratory School (K-12) is located within the Missouri State Springfield campus and provides a unique setting for observation and educational field experiences. 

Special Opportunities

Students in the earth science education program have the opportunity to extend their educational experience and to participate in social activities through membership in a variety of student organizations, including the Missouri State University Geology Club, the Ozarks Amateur Astronomy Club, the Heart of the Ozarks Grotto (caving club), and the Science Teachers Association.

A variety of optional science education workshops are offered throughout the year, both at Missouri State and through various local, state and national government agencies. Students also can take advantage of science education workshops and internships sponsered by professional organizations such as the American Meteorological Society, the Geological Society of America and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.

Missouri State offers a wide range of financial assistance such as scholarships, grants and loans, through both university-wide programs and through  departmental support. Students are advised to look into these opportunities as early as possble. Visit the Missouri State and the Geography, Geology and Planning Department's web sites for up-to-date information.

Sample Schedule

Missouri State is committed to assisting students to graduate in four years--see sample graduation plans for this major.

The following is a sample schedule for this major--your actual schedule will vary.

Sample Schedule - Categorical Science--Earth Science

Freshman Year

First Semester Courses Hours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
ENG 110 or COM 115: Writing I or Public Speaking 3
CSC 101 or CIS 101: Intro. to Computing 2
KIN 100 Fitness for Living 2
GLG 110 Principles of Geology 4
General Education -- Self Understanding 3
Total Hours 16
Second Semester Courses Hours
COM 115 or ENG 110: Public Speaking or Writing I 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
MTH 135 College Algebra 3
BIO 102 Principles of Biological Science 4
General Education -- Culture & Society 3
Total Hours 16

Sophomore Year

First Semester Courses Hours
EDC 150 Introduction to Teaching 1
SCI 214 Introduction to Science Teaching in the 21st Century 1
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
MTH 181 Trigonometry 3
GLG 314 Historical Geology 4
General Education -- Culture & Society 3
Total Hours 15
Second Semester Courses Hours
SEC 302 General Methods of Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools 4
CHM 105 Fundamentals of Chemistry 5
HST 121 or 122: U.S. History 3
GLG 318 Physical Oceanography 3
Total Hours 15

Sample Schedule - Unified Science--Earth Science Emphasis

Freshman Year

First Semester Courses Hours
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
ENG 110 or COM 115: Writing I or Public Speaking 3
CSC 101 or CIS 101: Intro. to Computing 2
KIN 100 Fitness for Living 2
GLG 110 Principles of Geology 4
BIO 121 General Biology I 4
Total Hours 17
Second Semester Courses Hours
COM 115 or ENG 110: Public Speaking or Writing I 3
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3
MTH 135 College Algebra 3
BIO 122 General Biology II 4
General Education -- Culture & Society 3
Total Hours 16

Sophomore Year

First Semester Courses Hours
EDC 150 Introduction to Teaching 1
SCI 214 Introduction to Science Teaching in the 21st Century 1
PSY 121 Introductory Psychology 3
MTH 181 Trigonometry 3
GLG 314 Historical Geology 4
CHM 160 General Chemistry I 4
CHM 161 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
Total Hours 17
Second Semester Courses Hours
SEC 302 General Methods of Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools 4
CHM 170 General Chemistry II 3
CHM 171 General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
GLG 318 Physical Oceanography 3
GRY 135 Principles of Weather and Climate 4
Total Hours 15