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Through classes in geology, other environmental sciences and education, you will develop the skills to teach and share your passion for science with others.

College of Earth, Ocean and Environment

Department of Earth Sciences


Discover our world!

Chances are that if you love science, there was a teacher or mentor who inspired or encouraged that passion. And if you want to spark that excitement in others, studying earth science education is the way to start. Earth science educators are critically important to teach young people to respect and conserve the planet’s resources and to maintain and preserve a healthy, livable environment.

In the earth science education program, you will be prepared for a future as a high school science teacher. The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and emphasizes giving you a strong background in both liberal arts and content. You will complete all your field experiences and student teaching at one of Delaware’s fastest growing school districts during your sophomore, junior, and senior years, culminating with a 15-week student teaching practicum. On completing the program requirements, you will receive the University of Delaware's endorsement for teaching certification.

Areas of study

  • Earth History and Paleontology
  • Hydrogeology and Environmental Geology
  • Earth Materials and Geochemistry
  • Plate Tectonics
  • Climate Change
  • Educational Methods and Theory
  • Adolescent Psychology and Development

 

Career Options

  • Middle or High School Science Teacher
  • Middle or High School Earth Science Teacher
  • Middle or High School Environmental Science Teacher
  • Environmental Educator
  • Science Outreach Coordinator
  • Museum Guide

 

Graduate Programs

  • Earth Science Education
  • Geoscience
  • Science Education
  • Educational Technology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Educational Leadership

What’s special about this program?

While learning earth science from geologists, you will also complete professional studies courses from the School of Education to gain a foundation in education theory and psychology and field experiences before a science teaching methods course.

Because research is an important aspect of geological learning, you are encouraged to participate in student research projects in areas such as hydrogeology, geobiology, water science, and paleoclimate. You can also engage in geology-related summer field camp, field trips, and other available field experiences.

While the earth science education program is designed to certify teachers, you can also go on to rewarding careers in informal education or earth sciences.  

Get involved

All students who come to UD in one of the majors in the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment start in CEOE’s Living Learning Community, a dormitory where you will live with your peers and enjoy special academic and social programming, fostering a successful college experience from the day you move in. There are also many opportunities on campus for students interested in the environment, such as serving as an EnvironMentor, going on extracurricular environmental field trips, and joining registered student organizations like Students for the Environment and the Geology Club.

Sample curriculum

ENGL110

Critical Reading and Writing

 

GEOL107

 

General Geology

GEOL110

 

Earth History

MATH221  

 

Calculus I

 

PHYS133

 

Introduction to Astronomy

UNIV101

First Year Experience
 

Creative Arts and Humanities Elective

 

 

Foreign Language Course

 

BISC207

Introductory Biology I

 

EDUC413

Adolescent Development and Educational Psychology

 

GEOG202

Earth Materials

 

GEOG203

Surficial Processes

 

GEOG220

Meteorology

 

GEOG235

Conservation of Natural Resources

 

 

Creative Arts and Humanities Elective

 

 

History and Cultural Change Elective

 

  Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective
CHEM103

General Chemistry

 

EDUC414

Teaching Exceptional Adolescents

 

EDUC419

Diversity in Secondary Education

 

GEOL304

Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

 

GEOL305

Structural Geology and Plate Tectonics

 

GEOL320

Water & Society

 

GEOL372

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

 

MAST382

Introduction to Ocean Sciences

 

 

Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective

 

  Elective Courses
EDUC400

Student Teaching

 

EDUC420

Reading in the Content Area

 

PHYS201

Introductory Physics I

 

SCEN491

Teaching Science in Secondary Schools

 

SCEN492

Student Teaching Seminar

 

  Geology Courses

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