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Earth Science Education

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Claudi Berti led a group of Graduate and Undergraduate Students on a Geology trip to Death Valley over Spring Break.

College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

Department of Geological Sciences


Discover our world!

 

Chances are that if you love science, there was a teacher or mentor who encouraged inspired or encouraged that passion. Earth science educators are critically important to teach future citizens to respect and conserve the planet’s resources, to maintain and preserve a healthy, livable environment, and to inspire young people to appreciate science.

The earth science education program is one of four secondary science programs (also including biology education, chemistry education and physics education) offered at UD to prepare future high school science teachers. The programs are accredited by NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education). The earth science education major is housed in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, the home to earth science at UD. The University of Delaware has a strong tradition of recognizing the importance of preparing high school teachers with a strong liberal arts and content backgrounds. Secondary science education majors complete all their field experiences and student teaching at one of Delaware’s fastest growing school districts. Students have three teaching field experiences during their sophomore, junior, and senior years, culminating with a fifteen-week student teaching practicum. On completing the program requirements, students 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?

 

Candidates are majors in the Department of Geological Sciences and complete professional studies coursework in the School of Education. The professional studies courses provide students with a foundation in education theory and psychology and field experiences before a science teaching methods course.

 

The Department of Geological Sciences within the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment is the academic home for the earth science education major. Research is an important aspect of geological learning, and geology and earth science education majors are encouraged to participate. Student research projects often grow out of existing faculty research, in areas such as hydrogeology, geobiology, water science, and paleoclimate. Students are encouraged to engage in geology-related summer field camp, field trips, and other available field experiences. The Department is home to the Delaware Geological Survey, a science-based state agency that conducts geologic and hydrologic research, service and exploration.  

 

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

 

 

Get involved

 

CEOE’s Living Learning Community

Semester-in-Residence

EnvironMentors

DENIN Ambassadors

Study abroad programs and extracurricular environmental field trips

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

Undergraduate research

Coast Day

Earth Week

Students for the Environment

 

 

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