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Graduate Degree Programs

Earth Sciences (EARTH)


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CHRIS J. MARONE, Associate Head for Graduate Programs and Research
536 Deike Building
University Park, PA 16802


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The Graduate Faculty


The Program

The M.Ed. in Earth Sciences program is designed for secondary science teachers who seek to enrich their knowledge and practice through rigorous courses and individual projects supervised by Penn State faculty members. Combining graduate courses from academic departments in Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, College of Education, and Eberly College of Science, the curriculum will prepare teachers to help students in grades 7 through 12 master educational objectives related to Earth and space science, as specified in National Science Education Standards (National Academy of Sciences, 1996). To accommodate working teachers who are only able to study part-time and at a distance, courses will be offered online through Penn State's World Campus. Fall, Spring, and Summer semester offerings will be available. Students will be granted licenses to use the courseware modules developed for the M.Ed. in Earth Sciences program in their secondary classrooms.

Admission Requirements

The language of instruction at Penn State is English. International applicants must take and submit scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), with the exceptions noted below. The minimum acceptable score for the TOEFL is 550 for the paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based test, or a total score of 80 with a 20 on the speaking section for the internet-based test. The minimum composite score for the IELTS is 6.5. International applicants are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement who have received a baccalaureate or a masters degree from a college/university/institution in any of the following: Australia, Belize, British Caribbean and British west Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Republic of Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, The United States, and Wales.

Requirements listed here are in addition to general Graduate School requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Students may initially enroll in M.Ed. in Earth Sciences classes as non-degree graduate students. Up to 15 credits earned in non-degree status may be counted toward the M.Ed. in Earth Sciences degree.

Master's Degree Requirements

The M.Ed. in Earth Sciences degree is conferred upon students who earn a minimum of 30 credits while maintaining an average grade of 3.0 or better in all course work, including at least 18 credits at the 500 level or above (with at least 6 credits at the 500 level), and who complete a quality culminating individual project in consultation with a graduate adviser. Students will have the opportunity to participate in face-to-face field experiences or workshops at University Park or other locations during Summer sessions.

Student Aid

Graduate assistantships are not available. Financial aid opportunities for part-time students who participate through the World Campus are discussed at


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 599 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.




Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2008

Blue Sheet Item #: 36-06-187

Review Date: 4/15/08

Faculty linked: 8/14/14


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