School of Education - George Mason University

Curriculum and Instruction, MEd - Concentration in Secondary Education Earth Science

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Earth science is emerging in both public perception and active science research as a profoundly important field. Our lives and future depend on the depth of our understanding of our home planet. The National Science Education Standards underscore this transformation through a strong emphasis on "Earth Science" as a core domain of science education at all grade levels.

Course Requirements

Electives

Select six credits from the following:

Note: SEED offers special topics courses that are currently listed as distinct sections of EDCI 597; students must obtain program approval before registering for any of these courses.

Field Experience

Clinical experiences in public schools will be required throughout the program (a maximum of 15-30 clock hours per course or 45 clock hours per term). Arrangements will be made at the beginning of each term.

Internship Options

A 6-credit 16-week daytime internship is required for completion of the state-approved licensure program.

Two options are available to meet the needs of most individuals:

  • Student teaching internship: A one-term daytime internship in the classroom of a mentor teacher. Teacher candidate assumes co teaching and independent teaching responsibilities.
  • On-the-job internship: Available only to students who are employed as full-time provisionally licensed teachers and teaching in their endorsement area in an accredited middle or secondary school and want to complete a master's degree. In lieu of an internship, provisionally licensed teachers may choose to use their full-time teaching to satisfy the experience requirement for a full license; however, the 35-credit master's degree requires that 6 credits of approved coursework be substituted for the internship.
  • Total Credits: 35

    Licensure Disclosure

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