2020-2021 Academic Catalog

B.S.Ed. in Earth and Space Science: Secondary Education

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.) in Earth and Space Science: Secondary Education degree is designed for students seeking to teach Earth and space science in middle and high school (grades 7-12) settings. Through this program, students build knowledge and competencies in education and Earth science. This undergraduate degree program meets all education requirements for teaching certification in Pennsylvania.

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)


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).


The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.

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
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

Additional Requirements

Undergraduate secondary education majors are required to:

  • Maintain a GPA of 2.80.
  • Pass the required PAPA exams.
  • Have Act 34, 151 and 114 clearances for formal Admission to Teacher Education.

A GPA of 3.00 and passing scores for Praxis II are needed to apply for a Recommendation for Student Teaching.

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