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Earth Science Teacher Certification Track

Chair: George W. Kipphut.
Faculty: Cetin, Homsey, Hong, Kipphut, Ortman, Wesler, Yorke, Zhang.

 


AREA:
Geoscience/Earth Science Track/Secondary Certification (Grades 8-12)


Bachelor of Science Degree
CIP 40.0601


University Studies Requirements....................................44 hrs
(See Academic Degrees and Programs.)

University Studies selections must include:
•Scientific Inquiry, Methodologies, and Quantitative Skills:
GSC 101 The Earth and the Environment
GSC 102 Earth through Time
MAT 150 Algebra and Trigonometry

•Global Awareness, Cultural Diversity and the World’s Artistic
Traditions:
GSC 110 World Geography
•Social and Self-Awareness and Responsible Citizenship
EDP 260 Psychology of Human Development
•University Studies Electives:
ARC 150 Introduction to Archaeology
CSC 101 Introduction to Problem Solving Using Computers
EDU 103 Issues and Practices of American Education

Note: Certification requires a grade of B or better in one English composition course and a C or better in a University Studies math course, public speaking, and EDU 103 or equivalent course. Additional requirements for admission to teacher education and student teaching must be met. See advisor and/or Office of Teacher Education Services for details.

Required Courses..............................................................32 hrs
AST 115 Introductory Astronomy
AST 116 Introductory Astronomy Laboratory
GSC 099 Transitions
GSC 125 Weather and Climate 2
GSC 202 Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences
GSC 301 Understanding Scientific Communication
GSC 303 Introduction to Water Science
GSC 305 Introduction to Cartography
GSC 312 Introduction to Remote Sensing
GSC 336 Principles of Geomorphology
GSC 339 Field Geology
or
GSC 350 Field Techniques in Geosciences

Required Limited Electives..............................................12 hrs
Select upper-level courses from the list of approved geology electives given under the track in environmental geology, below.

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) recommends a minimum of one course from each of the following three areas, with total of recommended supplemental science hours to include no fewer than 16 semester hours.

A. Biology
BIO 101 Biological Concepts
BIO 112 Field Biology
BIO 221 Zoology: Animal Form and Function
BIO 222 Botany: Plant Form and Function

B. Chemistry
CHE 101 Consumer Chemistry
CHE 105 Introductory Chemistry I
CHE 201 General College Chemistry
CHE 202 General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis

C. Physics
PHY 235 Mechanics, Heat and Wave Motion
and
PHY 236 Mechanics, Heat and Wave Motion Laboratory
PHY 255 Electricity, Magnetism and Light
and
PHY 256 Electricity, Magnetism and Light Laboratory

Required for Secondary Certification.............................32 hrs
EDU 303 Strategies of Teaching
EDU 403 Structures and Foundations of Education
EDU 405 Evaluation and Measurement in Education 1
SEC 420 Practicum in Secondary Schools1
SEC 421 Student Teaching in the Secondary School

SEC 422 Extended Practicum 2
SED 300 Educating Students with Disabilities

Total Curriculum Requirements...................................120 hrs
1 Must be taken together and two semesters before student teaching.
2 Must be taken one semester before student teaching.

Earth Science Teaching Specialization
The teaching specialization in earth science is a path to secondary certification in earth science designed to accompany certification in another science content area (biology/chemistry/physics). All College of Education secondary certification course requirements must be met. Note: Even though this program exceeds Murray State University’s requirements for an earth science minor, in order for a earth science minor to appear on a transcript, a minor must be declared, and all residential and graduation requirements must be met.
Requirements for teacher certification are established by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board. Students are cautioned that changes in these requirements may occur. Therefore, for the most current information, students should check with an advisor in the College of Education.

Earth Science Teaching Specialization............................30 hrs
AST 115 Introductory Astronomy
AST 116 Introductory Astronomy Laboratory
GSC 101 The Earth and the Environment
GSC 102 Earth through Time
GSC 125 Weather and Climate
GSC 202 Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences
GSC 303 Introduction to Water Science
GSC 336 Principles of Geomorphology
GSC 339 Field Geology
or
GSC 350 Field Techniques in Geosciences

 

Students interested in the program should contact:
Haluk Cetin
Professor
Advisor, Earth Science
Department of Geosciences
334 Blackburn Hall
Murray State University
Murray KY 42071

E-mail: hcetin@murraystate.edu
270-809-2085 (voice)
270-809-3276 (fax)

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