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Earth Science teachers are specialists in translating science to a tough audience, and are always on the lookout for "the hook" that will catch a student's interest.

This 27-credit Curriculum and Instruction undergraduate certificate is available only to students pursuing a BS in Earth Science. Students who complete both the BS in Earth Science and this undergraduate certificate will be considered Virginia state-approved educator preparation program completers and will be eligible for recommendation for an initial VA teaching license in Secondary Education (6-12) Earth Science.

Students applying for this undergraduate certificate as a secondary program must complete the Undergraduate Declaration of Certificate and the Undergraduate Educator Preparation Program application. At the time of application, students must also have satisfied the following requirements: a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; passing scores on the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) prescribed entry assessment; and an official College of Education and Human Development review of discipline-specific content competencies coursework (note: a minimum grade of C (2.0) must have been attained in such coursework completed at Mason). See https://cehd.gmu.edu/UGTeach for more information on the admissions process.

Prior to application for internship, students are required to complete all discipline-specific content competency requirements (https://cehd.gmu.edu/endorse/), pass licensure assessments, and have earned a grade of B (3.0) or better in all licensure coursework.

Discipline-Specific Content Competencies Coursework for BS in Earth Sciences studentsMore Less

Coursework is additional to discipline-specific content competencies coursework satisfied with the core requirements of the major, with a total of 32 credits from the four fields of Geology, Astronomy, Oceanography, and Meteorology.

Astronomy

Select four credits from the following:

  • ASTR 103: Astronomy (3 credit hours) (Note: this course must also be paired with a lab in ASTR 112 or ASTR 114.)

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All other discipline-specific content competencies coursework for Earth Science should be satisfied with the core requirements of the major, with a total of 32 credits from the four fields of Geology, Astronomy, Oceanography, and Meteorology.

Discipline-Specific Content Competencies Coursework for BA in Geology studentsMore Less

Coursework is additional to discipline-specific content competencies coursework satisfied with the core requirements of the major, with a total of 32 credits from the four fields of Geology, Astronomy, Oceanography, and Meteorology.

Course Requirements

Meteorology/Climatology

Select three to four credits from the following:

Astronomy

Select three to four credits from the following:

Teacher Licensure Coursework (23 Credits)