The Graduate Certificate in Earth Science Education is composed of four, 3-credit required courses. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all four courses to earn the certificate.
If you are accepted into the certificate program, you may begin your course work during any academic semester. The typical student course load is expected to be three to four courses per year. It is strongly recommended that you take only one course at a time while working full-time. However, it is anticipated that you will enroll in two courses during the summer semester.
If you choose to apply for and are granted admission to the Master of Education in Earth Sciences program, having earned at least a B- or better in each of the four certificate courses, you can apply the 12 certificate program credits toward the master's program requirements.
Course List - Graduate Certificate in Earth Science Education
|Contemporary Controversies in the Earth Sciences||EARTH 501||Exploration of current areas of research in the Earth Sciences.||3 credits|
|Plate Tectonics and People: Foundations of Solid Earth Science||EARTH 520||Solid Earth geophysics and geological hazards presented within the grand unifying theory of plate tectonics.||3 credits|
|Earth Surface Processes in the Critical Zone||EARTH 530||Introduction to Earth surface processes including weathering and soils, geomorphology, erosion and sedimentation, hydrogeology, low-temperature geochemistry, and Earth systems.||3 credits|
|Essentials of Oceanography for Educators||EARTH 540||Chemical and physical principles of the oceans and their interaction with the biosphere, atmosphere, and the solid Earth.||3 credits|
See course start and end periods and semesters offered on the Penn State World Campus student resources website.