Secondary Education - Earth Science Concentration

Secondary Education - Earth Science Concentration Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.)

About Secondary Education Earth Science Concentration

Explore Earth's systems with middle and high school students as an Earth science teacher.

Launch a successful Earth science teaching career with this top-quality undergraduate program that prepares you to teach grades 7-12 in Pennsylvania. You'll complete all education requirements necessary for teaching certification while gaining hands-on experience in local classrooms.

The Earth science education bachelor's program is designed specifically for future science teachers. Our expert faculty have doctorates in their fields and years of experience teaching in middle and high school classrooms.

Gain experience and expertise at PennWest California.

  • Rigorous courses in teaching methods combine with comprehensive Earth science classes to give you mastery of discipline-specific teaching skills.
  • Extensive fieldwork and student teaching in Pennsylvania classrooms make you job-ready.



Top Accreditation
The Earth Science education program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, PennWest California education programs have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Over 165 Years of Experience
PennWest California was founded as a teachers college and has a long-standing reputation of producing top-quality educators in Pennsylvania.

Top Accreditation: This  degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) accredits PennWest California. CAEP promotes excellence in educator preparation through quality assurance and continuous improvement. See CAEP reporting measures of program impact and outcomes.


Average annual salary for secondary education teachers in Pennsylvania. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
fieldwork experiences in Pennsylvania classrooms prior to student teaching.
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Degree Benefits

Discover the many benefits of PennWest California's affordable secondary education bachelor's degree.

  • Study Earth science curriculum development techniques.

  • Learn top strategies in classroom management.

  • Master classroom technology for the teaching of Earth science.

  • Deepen your knowledge of astronomy, geology, oceanography, meteorology and other related topics.

  • Gain real-world teaching experience in Pennsylvania schools.

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Graduate Outcomes

As a graduate of this program you'll be prepared to teach Earth science to grades 7-12 in public, private and charter schools. You can also pursue a master degree program in teaching. Many of our graduates return to PennWest California for graduate studies in education. Our alumni have successful teaching careers in dozens of schools in Pennsylvania and across the country.

Earth Science Concentration Secondary Education - Bachelor's Degree
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Student Spotlight

Meet program alumna Katie Mercadante '09. She now works as a high school teacher and instructs at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. She recently received a doctorate degree.

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Course Spotlight: Methods of Science Education

Help middle and high school students understand key principles while igniting their wonder for the natural world. In this course you'll learn proven methods for teaching Earth science.

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Faculty Know-How

Learn best practices in teaching from faculty members who have worked in secondary education classrooms. You'll benefit from the know-how of professors like Dr. Marcia Hoover who, in addition to teaching in P-12 classrooms, has served as a consultant to faculty in developing instructional uses of technology in education.

Earth Science Concentration Secondary Education - Bachelor's Degree Courses

This bachelor's degree program meets all education standards for teaching certification in Pennsylvania. Our ever-evolving curriculum will deepen your scientific knowledge while equipping you with the latest theories and practices in Earth science education.


Course Credits
General Education Courses 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I 
Public Speaking
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT 181  College Algebra
Health and Wellness
HSC 315  First Aid
Technological Literacy
EDU 333  Technology in Teaching and Learning 
ESP 210  Special Education Foundation and Collaboration 
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
PHY 121  General Physics
Social Sciences
PSY 100  General Psychology
Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis
EDU 310  Teaching in a Multicultural Society
General Education Options
  • PSY 206  Adolescent Psychology 
  • MAT Course
  • Approved U.S. or British Literature Course
Required Concentration Courses 39
SEC 210  Intro to Secondary Ed 3
SEC 220  Standards-based Instruction 3
SEC 310  Instructional Strategies 3
SEC 350  Content Area Literacy 3
SEC 360  Technology Integration 3
SEC 395  Teaching of Science  3
SEC 400  Classroom Management 3
SEC 420  Assessment and Interventions 3
SEC 460  Professional Practices 3
SEC 461  Student Teaching 12
Required Education Foundation Courses* 6
ESP 311  Assessment and Positive Interventions 3
ESP 413  Evidence-Based Practices 3
Related Content Courses 35
PHS 145  Astronomy 3
CHE 101  Gen Chem I 4
GLG 150  Intro to Geology 3
EAS 163  Intro to Oceanography 3
GLG 200  Historical Geology 3
EAS 104  Intro to Meteorology 4
EAS 142  Climatology 3
GLG 303  Hydrology 3
GLG 343  Geomorphology 3
GLG 230  Earth Resources  OR  GLG 39X 3
EAS Elective 3
Total 121

Additional requirements not counted toward the General Education requirements and included in this program are:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): SEC 461 Student Teaching
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): SEC 420 Assessment and Interventions AND SEC 460 Professional Practices
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): PHY 121 General Physics

* EDU 333, 310, 350; PSY 206; and ESP 210 fulfill general education requirements but are also considered "Required Education Foundation Courses."

Program Notes: This is a professional program. All courses listed as program requirements must be passed with a grade of C or higher. Math and English courses must also be passed with a grade of C or higher. Many SEC courses are linked to include field experiences and must be taken together as co-requisites. LiveText software is a requirement of this program. The science elective can have a prefix of: CHE, BIO, EAS, PHS, PHY.

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