To meet this goal, the program has the following objectives: 1. Develop a deeper theoretical understanding of critical earth science concepts. 2. Develop advanced methods in earth science teaching and assessment, including those involving the latest educational technologies. 3. Develop the ability to connect earth science concepts to the real world. 4. Develop the skills needed to remain current in the field. This objective is addressed by directly engaging students in research activity. Career Opportunities Although there are numerous competencies and sub-competencies, the major responsibilities of secondary-level earth science educators include: Planning, implementing, evaluating and administering effective earth science education programs; Implementing earth science education programs; Evaluating the effectiveness of earth science education programs; Acting as a resource person in earth science education; Communicating earth science education needs, concerns and resources; Applying appropriate research principles and techniques in earth science education; Administering earth science education programs; Advancing the profession of earth science education. The degree is grounded in developing the skills represented in these roles and competencies and will prepare future earth science educators to be at the forefront in evaluating, incorporating and promoting new developments in earth science content and pedagogy in the secondary classroom setting.
An earth science faculty member in the Geography and Geology Department will work with students to assist in the exploration of degree requirements, preliminary evaluation of credentials for admission and preparation of a plan of study.
International Student Requirements:
If the applicant is an International student, he/she must receive a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a rating of 4 on the Test of Written English (TWE), and a score of 230 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE). Alternatively, applicants may gain admission with a minimum score of 80 on the Michigan English Language Ability Battery (MELAB) and a rating of at least 3.0 on the "Oral Interview" portion of the MELAB. The applicant must receive a minimum score of 600 on the TOEFL to be considered for a teaching assistantship.