Bachelor of Arts in Education in Earth & Space Science/Secondary

About

The Bachelor of Arts in Education in Earth and Space Science prepares you to teach courses like earth science in middle schools and high schools in Washington State. In the program, you’ll get a foundation in education. You’ll also study chemistry, geology, weather, physics, astronomy and more. In addition, you’ll choose from electives that cover a variety of topics including hydrology, wetland science, soil science.

For more information, contact the program advisor, Professor Sharen Keattch at skeattch@ewu.edu.

Course Requirements

Curriculum & Requirements

Earth and Space Science/Secondary Major, Bachelor of Arts in Education (BAE)

This is an interdisciplinary major–see an advisor to determine if courses required by this major may be taken in partial fulfillment of the BACRs.

Note: this major takes more than 12 quarters at 15–16 credits a quarter.

Grade Requirement for Earth and Space Science BAE: ≥2.8 cumulative average and ≥C in each course.

Secondary Education students must complete the required Secondary Education Core and the following courses.
Earth and Space Science Required Courses
CHEM 171
171L
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I
5
GEOG 305INTRODUCTION TO OCEANOGRAPHY5
GEOG 314WEATHER FORECASTING5
GEOG 410GEOMORPHOLOGY5
GEOL 222THE EARTH THROUGH TIME 5
GEOL 311EARTH MATERIALS4
GEOL 320ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY4
or GEOL 360 GEOLOGIC HAZARDS
GEOS 111THE EARTH'S INTERIOR5
GEOS 112THE EARTH'S SURFACE5
MATH 142PRECALCULUS MATH II5
PHYS 121DESCRIPTIVE ASTRONOMY5
PHYS 131INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS I4
PHYS 161MECHANICS LABORATORY1
SCED 390SCIENCE TEACHING METHODS2
SCED 391MIDDLE LEVEL AND EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE METHODS3
Electives–students must take field-oriented coursework from the list below or from special field courses in GEOG or GEOL approved by the Earth and Space Science advisor.4-5
RESEARCH METHODS
FUNDAMENTALS OF SOIL SCIENCE
WATER RESOURCES
WETLAND SCIENCE I
GEOLOGY FIELD TRIP
EXPERIMENTAL COURSE
Required Senior Capstones–must be taken concurrently
SCED 490ASCIENCE TEACHING CAPSTONE SEMINAR3
SCED 490BSCIENCE TEACHING CAPSTONE FIELD APPLICATION2
Total Credits72-73

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Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully earn a BAE in Earth and Space Science/Secondary from EWU should be able to do the following:

  • apply best practices to teach earth and space science that are outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards;
  • demonstrate understanding of core concepts in earth and space science;
  • demonstrate effective strategies for teaching earth and space science to a community of diverse students;
  • describe the procedures for responding to potential safety hazards in the laboratory, classroom, and field;
  • shows evidence of integrating the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards.