The Master of Education in Earth Sciences will be conferred upon students who earn a minimum 30 credits with a grade of B or better in all courses. This includes 18 credits at the 500 level or higher (with at least 6 credits at the 500 level). Students are also required to complete an individual project in coordination with their graduate adviser.

Students accepted into the program may begin their 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 students take only one course at a time while working full time.  However, it is anticipated that students will enroll in two courses during the summer semester. At the rate of four, three-credit courses each year, most students will complete the master of education in earth sciences program in about two and 1/2 years of part-time study.

The course work features content from multiple disciplines in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the Eberly College of Science, including geosciences, energy and mineral engineering, meteorology, and geography, and from the discipline of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education. The master of education in earth sciences program can be tailored to provide a focus in a desired discipline, based on the student's choice of elective courses. Students should consult with their program academic adviser to determine which focus is most appropriate for their professional needs.

Course List - Master of Education in Earth Sciences

Students are required to take 21 credits of core courses surrounding topics in Earth sciences and also curriculum and instruction.

The Master in Earth Sciences program can be tailored to provide a focus in a desired discipline, based on the student's choice of elective courses. Students should consult with their program academic adviser to determine which focus is most appropriate for their professional needs. Although not required, it is recommended that new students enroll in EARTH 501 as their first course.

NOTE: Prerequisites as listed may be waived by the course instructor if you can demonstrate the required level of competency.

Core Courses (21 credits, 12 of which are at the 500 level)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Contemporary Controversies in the Earth Sciences EARTH 501 Exploration of current areas of research in the Earth sciences.

Prerequisites: None
3 credits
Planets, Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe ASTRO 801 Overview of the structure, formation, and evolution of planets, stars, galaxies, and the universe.

Prerequisites: None
3 credits
Teaching as Inquiry C I 501 Course guides teachers to develop systematic inquiries into effective teaching and learning.

Prerequisites: None
3 credits
Overview of Contemporary School Curriculum C I 550 Current school programs and options and their impact on pupils; problems in introducing new content into the curriculum.

Prerequisite: 12 credits in education and psychology or teaching experience
3 credits
Energy in a Changing World EGEE 401 Energy is in transition, with increased international energy demand and increasing environmental pressures. Energy transitions, approaches, and outcomes are addressed. Prerequisites: EGEE 101 or EGEE 102 or CHEM 112 3 credits
Understanding Weather Forecasting for Educators METEO 801 Fundamental principles of synoptic and physical meteorology, satellite and radar imagery and data analysis in the setting of mid-latitude weather forecasting.

Prerequisites: None
3 credits
Individual Studies: Research Project EARTH 591 Development of a capstone project, supervised on an individual basis outside the scope of formal courses.

Prerequisites: Completion of (or concurrent enrollment in) all other required courses in the program: EARTH 501, ASTRO 801, C I 501, C I 550, EGEE 401, and METEO 801
3 credits

Electives (minimum 9 credits)

Choose from the following subjects and courses:

Earth Science Courses
Title Abbreviation Credits
Special Topics—Field Experience EARTH 497 1 credit, residential
Plate Tectonics and People: Foundations of Solid Earth Science EARTH 520 3 credits
Earth Surface Processes in the Critical Zone EARTH 530 3 credits
Essentials of Oceanography for Educators EARTH 540 3 credits
Special Topics in the Earth Sciences EARTH 597D 1 credit
Geography (GEOG) Courses
Title Abbreviation Credits
Understanding Geographic Data GEOG 482 2 credits
Problem-Solving with GIS GEOG 483 3 credits
GIS Database Development GEOG 484 3 credits
Cartography and Visualization GEOG 486 3 credits
Environmental Applications of GIS GEOG 487 3 credits
Meteorology (METEO) Courses
Title Abbreviation Credits
Mesoscale Weather Forecasting for Educators METEO 802 3 credits
Tropical Weather Forecasting for Educators METEO 803 3 credits
Advanced Topics in Weather Forecasting for Educators METEO 804 3 credits
Educational Psychology (EDPSY) Courses
Title Abbreviation Credits
Learning Processes in Relation to Educational Practices EDPSY 421 3 credits
Science Education (SCIED) Courses
Title Abbreviation Credits
History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science and Science Teaching SCIED 551 3 credits, residential

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