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Earth Science Education

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


Critical Reading and Writing




General Geology



Earth History



Calculus I




Introduction to Astronomy


First Year Experience

Creative Arts and Humanities Elective



Foreign Language Course



Introductory Biology I



Adolescent Development and Educational Psychology



Earth Materials



Surficial Processes






Conservation of Natural Resources



Creative Arts and Humanities Elective



History and Cultural Change Elective


  Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective

General Chemistry



Teaching Exceptional Adolescents



Diversity in Secondary Education



Sedimentology and Stratigraphy



Structural Geology and Plate Tectonics



Water & Society



Introduction to Geographic Information Systems



Introduction to Ocean Sciences



Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective


  Elective Courses

Student Teaching



Reading in the Content Area



Introductory Physics I



Teaching Science in Secondary Schools



Student Teaching Seminar


  Geology Courses

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