The Graduate Certificate in Earth Science Education is designed to meet the professional needs of practicing secondary science teachers who wish to expand their subject matter knowledge in the Earth sciences, particularly in scientific critical thinking, solid Earth science, plate tectonic theory, Earth surface processes in the Critical Zone, and oceanography. Certificate students earn the Graduate Certificate and 12 graduate credits by successfully completing each of the four instructor-led online courses with a grade of C or better. If a student is subsequently admitted to the Penn State M.Ed. in Earth Sciences degree program, he/she may count the 12 certificate credits toward the M.Ed. in Earth Sciences degree, subject to outlined in the Transfer of Nondegree and Certificate Graduate Credits. Certificate program students who wish to have the certificate courses applied to the M.Ed. degree program must formally apply and be admitted to that degree program. Admission into the degree program is a separate step and is not guaranteed.
Effective Semester: Summer 2018
Expiration Semester: Summer 2023
Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 General Admissions Standards. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.
Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.
|EARTH 501||Contemporary Controversies in the Earth Sciences||3|
|EARTH 520||Plate Tectonics and People: Foundations of Solid Earth Science||3|
|EARTH 530||Earth Surface Processes in the Critical Zone||3|
|EARTH 540||Essentials of Oceanography for Educators||3|
Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 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.
Certificate Program Head: Eliza Marone
Mailing Address: 409 Deike Building, University Park, PA 16802
Telephone: (814) 863-2507