Earth & Space Science with Teaching

Career Options

Completion of the Earth & Space Science with Teaching degree will prepare students for the same scientific and related careers as the Geology BA Program. Students will acquire a solid foundation in the Earth and Space Sciences through classroom instruction, laboratory and field work, and will be provided with opportunities for undergraduate research. In addition, students will also be prepared to take the Pennsylvania Department of Education Praxis exams, which will certify them to teach Earth & Space Science in a secondary school classroom in Pennsylvania, and in states with reciprocal agreements with Pennsylvania. The pedagogy courses in this program are especially designed for science and mathematics majors, and emphasize skills in designing and delivering inquiry-based curricula, with extensive opportunities for practice teaching in Philadelphia School District classrooms. 


After completing this program, students should:

  • acquire a strong foundation in geology, astronomy and related sciences and be able to apply these principles in the solutions of problems
  • know key paradigms in Earth and Planetary Science Including Plate Tectonics, Rock Cycle, Evolution, Biogeochemical Cycles, Geologic Constraints on Resources, and Cosmology including the Origin of the Solar System, and the Star Cycle
  • understand how to research the literature and formulate geologic hypotheses
  • have appropriate laboratory skills for the analysis of earth and physical systems, including data and error analysis, instrumentation, counting statistics, and dimensional analysis
  • be able to apply theoretical, conceptual, and observation knowledge to the analysis of geologic and physical data, test hypotheses, and solve geologic and physical problems
  • demonstrate the ability to discuss issues related to earth and space science that impact society and planet Earth
  • demonstrate competence in scientific inquiry, writing, and oral presentation to people from a wide variety of backgrounds
  • be employable in earth science-related fields or able to further their education in professional school programs
  • work with Master and Mentor teachers to learn to gain an appreciation of the teaching profession and increase teaching skills
  • understand, design and deliver lessons using the “5E” model
  • design and deliver inquiry-based science and mathematics lessons, groups of lessons and entire courses
  • gain experience in utilizing state of the art technology in designing science and mathematics lessons
  • understand accepted models and standards for science and mathematics principles
  • acquire skill in designing and applying a variety of methods to assess student learning
  • have compared and utilized various modes of teaching including direct instruction, inquiry and cooperative group instruction in designing and delivering instruction
  • be ready to teach lessons via project-based instruction
  • develop an overview of the development of modern science and mathematics and acquire skills in historical resource including identify sources and evaluating their reliability
  • develop awareness of issues of equity and diversity as applicable to instruction in secondary schools
  • know how to create a classroom environment of respect and rapport that fosters a positive climate for learning, equity and excellence
  • be skilled in promoting student learning by providing responsive instruction that make use of effective communication techniques, instructional strategies that actively engage students in the learning process, and through timely, high-quality feedback

Further Information
TUteach Program