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Earth Science Education

Graduates of the SCSU Earth Science Education Program enter the classroom as effective, enthusiastic and responsible teachers. Our program ensures you have both the research based based skills and a depth of content knowledge to help change the lives of Connecticut students.

The Curriculum and Learning Department at SCSU strives to include field work components in a majority of the courses in the program. This apprenticeship model of teacher education will finish with a semester of student teaching. Qualified candidates will have earned the opportunity to successfully complete two eight-week student teaching placements.

  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.7 for all undergraduate courses
  • Take Praxis Core, SAT, or ACT to satisfy the State Board of Education competency examination requirement.
  • Complete an essay
  • Submit two letters of reccomendation
  • Have a personal interview
  • MAT 105- Mathematics for Elementary Education I
  • SED 225- Introduction to Eceptionalities
  • ENG 122- Writing Arguments
  • EDU 200 - Teachers, Schools, and Society

48 Credits Required

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program. Any credits over 48 are counted toward free electives.

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, some departments require that students select specific courses to complement their major. This major has specific Tier requirements/restrictions for the following:

Tier 1 – Quantitative Reasoning:
MAT 106 – Mathematics for Elementary Education II

Tier 2 – American Experience (Select one):
HIS 110 – United States History I
HIS 111 – United States History II

Tier 2 – Mind and Body:
SHE 203 – School Health

Tier 2 – Social Structure, Conflict, and Consensus:
EDU 206 – Principles of Early Childhood Education (‘C’ or better)

Tier 3 – Capstone:  
EDU 322 – Family, School, and Community Partnerships (‘C’ or better)

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.

59 Credits Required

Earth Science Requirements
35 Credits Required
‘C’ or better required

ESC 200 — Physical Geology
ESC 205 — Principles of Meteorology
ESC 220 — Physical and Chemical Oceanography
ESC 311 — Mineralogy
ESC 350 -  Structural Geology and Tectonics
ESC 430 — Field Methods

Select one from:

Select three from (at least one at the 400-level):

Education Requirements
24 Credits Required
EDU 316 - Child Development and Psychology for Educators
EDU 413 – Secondary Education
EDU 471 – Supporting English Learners for School Success (formerly IDS 471)
RDG 470 – Literacy in the Content Areas (formerly IDS 470)
SCE 490 – Science (Secondary School)
SCE 494 – Student Teaching (Science)
SCE 496 – Student Teaching Seminar (Science)
SED 482 – Teaching Exceptional Students in the Secondary Education Classroom

12 Credits Required 
CHE 121 – General Chemistry II

Select one from:

  • PHY 200 – General Physics I
    • and PHY 201 – General Physics II
  • PHY 230 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
    • and PHY 231 – Physics for Scientists and Engineers II


Dr. Adam Goldberg, Chair, Curriculum and Learning Department
Davis Hall 115G,
Southern Connecticut State University
New Haven, CT 06515
Telephone: (203) 392-6654 
Fax: (203) 392-6473