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Dr. J. Randy McGinnis

Science Teaching Center
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
University of Maryland, College Park

University of Maryland, College Park
Earth Science Teacher Preparation

I. A Summary of Earth Science Teacher Preparation and Continuous Professional Teacher Education at the University of Maryland (UM)

Undergraduate students at UM who seek to teach earth science at the elementary, middle, or high school levels are enrolled in academic programs that lead to either an undergraduate Education degree in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction (B.S, Maryland State Teacher Certification in grades 1-8) or a double major degree in Education and Geology (B.A, and B.S., Maryland State Teacher Certification grades 7-12). In addition, a second option for undergraduate students seeking teacher certification in secondary schools (grades 7-12) is to enroll in a Fast-Track Bachelor/Master's Program. This is a five-year academic program that allows prospective science teachers to begin work toward Masters in Education (M.Ed) during their undergraduate program, with up to 9 credits counting toward both degrees. For those who hold an undergraduate degree in Earth Science (Geology, Meteorology, Astronomy majors) there are also additional cohort programs available (Masters Certification Program, Project LINK, Resident Teacher Certificate) that can lead to Maryland certification to teach secondary Earth Science. Finally, the Science Teaching Center in the Department of Curriculum of Instruction offers both masters degrees (M.A, Ed.M) and doctoral degrees (Ed.D, Ph.D) in Science Education for Earth Science Teachers.

Relevant URLs:
UM Teacher Education
UM Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Elementary Education
Secondary Education
Graduate Programs in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction
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