Secondary Education - Earth Science Concentration

Secondary Education - Earth Science Concentration Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.)

About Secondary Education Earth Science Concentration

Explore Earth's systems with middle and high school students as an Earth science teacher.

Launch a successful Earth science teaching career with this top-quality undergraduate program that prepares you to teach grades 7-12 in Pennsylvania. You'll complete all education requirements necessary for teaching certification while gaining hands-on experience in local classrooms.

The Earth science education bachelor's program is designed specifically for future science teachers. Our expert faculty have doctorates in their fields and years of experience teaching in middle and high school classrooms.

Gain experience and expertise at Cal U.

  • Rigorous courses in teaching methods combine with comprehensive Earth science classes to give you mastery of discipline-specific teaching skills.
  • Extensive fieldwork and student teaching in Pennsylvania classrooms make you job-ready.

 

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: EARTH SCIENCE

Top Accreditation
The Earth Science education program is 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).

Over 165 Years of Experience
Cal U was founded as a teachers college and has a long-standing reputation of producing top-quality educators in Pennsylvania.

Top Accreditation: This undergraduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also 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.

$64K
Average annual salary for secondary education teachers in Pennsylvania. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
3 
fieldwork experiences in Pennsylvania classrooms prior to student teaching.
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Degree Benefits

Discover the many benefits of Cal U's affordable secondary education bachelor's degree.

  • Study Earth science curriculum development techniques.

  • Learn top strategies in classroom management.

  • Master classroom technology for the teaching of Earth science.

  • Deepen your knowledge of astronomy, geology, oceanography, meteorology and other related topics.

  • Gain real-world teaching experience in Pennsylvania schools.

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Graduate Outcomes

As a graduate of this program you'll be prepared to teach Earth science to grades 7-12 in public, private and charter schools. You can also pursue a master degree program in teaching. Many of our graduates return to Cal U for graduate studies in education. Our alumni have successful teaching careers in dozens of schools in Pennsylvania and across the country.

 
Earth Science Concentration Secondary Education - Bachelor's Degree
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Student Spotlight

Meet program alumna Katie Mercadante '09. She now works as a high school teacher and instructs at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. She recently received a doctorate degree.

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Course Spotlight: Methods of Science Education

Help middle and high school students understand key principles while igniting their wonder for the natural world. In this course you'll learn proven methods for teaching Earth science.

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Faculty Know-How

Learn best practices in teaching from faculty members who have worked in secondary education classrooms. You'll benefit from the know-how of professors like Dr. Marcia Hoover who, in addition to teaching in P-12 classrooms, has served as a consultant to faculty in developing instructional uses of technology in education.

Earth Science Concentration Secondary Education - Bachelor's Degree Courses

This bachelor's degree program meets all education standards for teaching certification in Pennsylvania. Our ever-evolving curriculum will deepen your scientific knowledge while equipping you with the latest theories and practices in Earth science education.

Curriculum


Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 13
EAS 104 Introduction to Meteorology 4
EAS 150 Introduction to Geology 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
MAT 181 College Algebra 3
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar 1
   
Second Semester 16
EAS 200 Historical Geology 3
ESP 210 Special Education Foundations and Collaboration 3
PSY 100 General Psychology 3
English Course 3
Math Course 3
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 16
CHE 101 General Chemistry I 4
EAS 303 Hydrology 3
ESP 311 Assessment and Positive Behavior Interventions 3
HSC 315 First Aid and Personal Safety 3
PSY 206 Adolescent Psychology 3
   
Fourth Semester 15
EAS 163 Introduction to Oceanography   3
EAS 242 Climatology 3
EDU 333 Technology in Education and Learning 3
SEC 210 Introduction to Secondary Education 3
SEC 220 Standards-based Education in Secondary Education 3
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 16
EAS 230 Earth Resources 3
PHY 121 General Physics I 4
SEC 310 Instructional Strategies in Secondary Education 3
SEC 350 Content Area Literacy 3
SEC 360 Technology Integration in Secondary Education 3
   
Sixth Semester 15
EAS 343 Geomorphology
3
EAS 402 Groundwater Hydrology 3
PHS 145 Astronomy 3
SEC 400 Classroom Management 3
SEC 420 Assessments and Interventions in Secondary Education 3
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
EDU 310 Teaching in a Multicultural Society
EDU 350 Supporting English Language Learners 3
SEC 395 Teaching of Science 3
Elective 3
General Education Course (Art) 3
   
Eighth Semester 15
SEC 460 Professional Practices in Secondary Education 3
SEC 461 Student Teaching Practicum 12
Total 121

 

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

monroe@calu.edu

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Dr. Susan Morris-Rutledge
Associate Professor and ESL Program Coordinator

morrisrutledge@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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