Secondary Education - Earth Science (6-12) Undergraduate Certificate
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This 27-credit undergraduate certificate is available only to students pursuing a BS in Earth Science. Students who complete both the BS in Earth Science and this undergraduate certificate will be considered Virginia state-approved educator preparation program completers and will be eligible for recommendation for an initial VA teaching license in Secondary Education (6-12) Earth Science.
Students applying for this undergraduate certificate as a secondary program must complete the Undergraduate Declaration of Certificate and the Undergraduate Educator Preparation Program application. At the time of application, students must also have satisfied the following requirements: a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; passing scores on the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) prescribed entry assessment; and an official College of Education and Human Development review of discipline-specific content competencies coursework (note: a minimum grade of C (2.0) must have been attained in such coursework completed at Mason). See https://cehd.gmu.edu/UGTeach for more information on the admissions process.
Prior to application for internship, students are required to complete all discipline-specific content competency requirements (https://cehd.gmu.edu/endorse/), pass licensure assessments, and have earned a grade of B (3.0) or better in all licensure coursework.
Additional Discipline-Specific Content Competencies Coursework (4 credits)
4 credits in Astronomy chosen from:
- ASTR 103: Astronomy (3 credit hours) (Note: this course must also be paired with a lab in ASTR 112 or ASTR 114.)
- ASTR 111: Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System (3 credit hours)
- ASTR 112: Introductory Astronomy Lab: The Solar System (1 credit hour)
- ASTR 113: Introductory Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe (3 credit hours)
- ASTR 114: Introductory Astronomy Lab: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe (1 credit hour)
- ASTR 115: Finding New Worlds (4 credit hours)
All other discipline-specific content competencies coursework for Earth Science should be satisfied with the core requirements of the major, with a total of 32 credits from the four fields of Geology, Astronomy, Oceanography, and Meteorology.
Teacher Licensure Coursework (23 Credits)
- EDCI 473: Teaching Science in the Secondary School (3 credit hours)
- EDCI 483: Advanced Methods of Teaching Science in Secondary School (3 credit hours)
- EDCI 490: Student Teaching in Education (6 credit hours)
- EDCI 491: Internship Seminar in Secondary Training (2 credit hours) (corequisite EDCI490)
- EDRD 419: Literacy in the Content Areas (3 credit hours)
- EDUC 372: Human Development, Learning, and Teaching (3 credit hours)
- EDUC 422: Foundations of Secondary Education (3 credit hours)