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How to Design an Earth System Science Course

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Begin by selecting topics that your student population need to know.

Is it a prerequisite for further coursework?

Is it a course that serves preservice teachers?

  • If so, then the course needs to be national and state science standards-based, and cover the content teachers will be expected to teach in their own K-12 classrooms.
  • Learn more about K-12 science standards here.

Is it a course that will serve students from other disciplines needing a science elective?

Is it an all-purpose workhorse that serves a wide variety of departmental curriculum needs?