Educational Leadership: Weather and Climatology

Educational Leadership: Weather and Climatology Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree

About Educational Leadership: Weather and Climatology

Bring specialized knowledge, skills and leadership to your K-12 classroom.

Weather and climate influence decision-making in fields from business and finance to public health and regional planning. California University of Pennsylvania’s online master’s degree program in weather and climatology positions you to be an educational leader as you teach your elementary, middle or high school students about the wide-ranging impacts of weather and climate.

Cal U’s online M.Ed. in Educational Leadership: Weather and Climatology is a multidisciplinary program developed specifically for active K-12 educators.

  • The online master’s program prepares teachers to bring current weather and climate content to their classrooms, providing students with knowledge about weather, climate variability and environmental concerns arising from natural and manmade influences.
  • The graduate degree program also builds instructional expertise in teaching these important topics and helps teachers to apply research and educational leadership skills in their schools.
  • Partnership with American Meteorological Society makes students eligible for 9 tuition-free credits.

Gain expertise through American Meteorological Society courses.

Cal U’s 30-credit master’s degree concentration in weather and climatology is the only M.Ed. program that incorporates coursework offered in partnership with the American Meteorological Society (AMS). Teachers who apply to participate in AMS DataStreme programs are concurrently enrolled in one of Cal U’s 500-level courses in the Earth Sciences Department. They may apply a maximum of nine credits from the AMS DataStreme program, tuition-free, to the Cal U master’s degree in Educational Leadership: Weather and Climatology.

Active K-12 teachers personalize the M.Ed. program by enrolling in additional 700-level courses in meteorology, climatology or a related focus area. They also choose among specialized education courses offered by Cal U’s Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP: WEATHER AND CLIMATOLOGY

AMS Partnership: With more than 13,000 members, the nonprofit American Meteorological Society is the nation’s premier scientific and professional organization disseminating research-based information about the atmospheric, oceanic and hydrological sciences. Through its unique partnership with the AMS, Cal U offers K-12 teachers an opportunity to earn graduate credits by participating in nationally recognized AMS Education Program courses:

Each of these 3-credit AMS DataStreme courses is offered 100% online. K-12 educators may earn up to nine (9) AMS DataStreme credits and apply them, tuition free, to the M.Ed. in weather and climatology program. An additional 21 credits, also available online, complete the master’s degree. Note: This program is for active teachers and does not lead to initial teacher certification.

Support for Learning: Cal U's distinguished M.Ed. faculty are committed to improving teaching in a diverse, rapidly changing and increasingly technological society. They are among the best scholars and practitioners in the educational leadership field, cumulatively contributing to scholarly books, magazines and journals. In addition, the AMS DataStreme program matches each teacher enrolled in online AMS courses with a local mentor who is either an active or retired K-12 educator specializing in peer training.

Top accreditation: Cal U's teacher education programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, Cal U education programs have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.

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30 
Credits required to complete the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership: Weather and Climatology at Cal U.
21,000+ 
Teachers nationwide who have received training through the American Meteorological Society’s Education Program professional development programs.
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Degree Benefits

California University of Pennsylvania has a strong history of excellence in teacher preparation. Faculty members in Cal U’s educational leadership programs are all certified teachers with practical experience in classrooms – background that complements the expertise gained through their doctoral programs and their training in online instructional techniques. The 100% online weather and climatology program makes it convenient for busy K-12 teachers maintain their professional and personal commitments while earning a master’s degree in a vital STEM field.

 
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Graduate Outcomes

Educators who complete the weather and climatology program at Cal U will be able to apply action research skills in their own classrooms, use their teacher leadership skills to promote weather and climatology education among their co-workers, and use a variety of instructional and assessment methodologies to teach climate and weather topics effectively with K-12 learners. In addition, many states require graduate coursework or a master’s degree to progress past the initial teacher certificate and move up on the pay scale. Teachers are encouraged to explore how this program may provide opportunities for advancement in their state and/or school district.

 
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Personalized Program

Cal U’s 100% online degree program in weather and climatology can be tailored to meet your needs as a K-12 educator. You can select graduate-level Earth sciences courses in your area of focus, including a maximum of three, 3-credit AMS DataStreme courses. All students in the M.Ed. program complete coursework related to educational research and teacher leadership; then you’ll select additional education courses that best meet your needs as a teacher, curriculum specialist, instructional coach, mentor teacher, department chair or program coordinator.  

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Stackable Certificate

Educators who complete three of the AMS DataStreme courses, in any sequence, are eligible to earn a post-baccalaureate certificate from California University of Pennsylvania. These credits also can be applied to the online M.Ed. program in Educational Leadership: Weather and Climatology. There are two other classes outside of the master’s degree program that can be leveraged toward the Cal U certificate, pending admittance to the AMS’s summer workshop series: Project Atmosphere and Maury Project.

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Online Convenience

The master’s degree concentration in weather and climatology can be completed 100% online. Faculty members in Cal U’s highly ranked Global Online graduate programs have been trained in online instructional strategies; they encourage online students to exchange ideas, interact and form a strong network of professional colleagues. The asynchronous courses in the online weather and climatology program can be completed anywhere, any time, in weekly modules during regular semesters. This gives busy teachers the opportunity to earn a master’s degree while continuing to keep up with professional and personal commitments.

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Curriculum

 

Course Credits
ADP 664 Field Project: Leadership 3
ADP 673 Field Project: Research & Evaluation 3
EAS 511 DataStreme Atmospheric Studies OR EAS 512 DataStreme Ocean Studies OR EAS 513 DataStreme Climate Studies (choose 2)* 6
EAS 710 Water in Earth System 3
EAS 720 Sustainability in Changing Climate 3
EAS 730 Environmental Hazards in Changing Climate 3
MSE 745 Managing Learning Environments 3
MSE 750 Online Technologies in Education 3
MSE 755 Constructivist Instructional Strategies 3
Total 30

* EAS 511, 512 and 513 may not be taken together in the same semester.
Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements (Regular) 

  • Bachelor’s degree in teacher education with a GPA of 2.80 or higher (Students with a GPA below 2.80 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • Copy of teaching certification
  • International Global Online Applicants

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:
    • Bachelor’s degree in teacher education with a GPA of 2.80 or higher will be reviewed for a decision
    • Unofficial transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution

 How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email (gradschool@calu.edu) or fax (724-938-5712)

For additional information:
Email: calugo@calu.edu  
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

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Educational Leadership: Weather and Climatology Faculty

Dr. Keith Hepner
Professor

hepner@calu.edu

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Dr. Marcia Hoover
Professor; field coordinator, Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

hoover_m@calu.edu

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Dr. Chad Kauffman
Professor and program director; curriclum development coordinator, AMS DataStreme program
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Dr. Mario Majcen
Associate Professor

majcen@calu.edu

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Dr. Connie Monroe
Professor and chair, Department of Secondary Education and Administrative Leadership

monroe@calu.edu

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Dr. Michael Perrotti
Coordinator of Graduate Secondary Ed Programs and Assistant Professor

perrotti@calu.edu

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Dr. Joseph Zisk
Professor; director, Teaching and Learning Center

zisk@calu.edu

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