Master of Science in Teaching Earth Science

MST student taking a summer field courseThe Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences offers the degree of Master of Science in Teaching (Earth Science) to students possessing a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree from a recognized institution. The Master of Science in Teaching (Earth Science) program prepares a student for teaching Earth Science at K-12 level. Since students come to the program with a broad spectrum of experience, their courses of study are designed on an individual basis.  No GRE scores are required for applicants to the MST-Earth Science program.

The MST program can lead to teaching certification in Earth Science; however, the College of Education and Human Services approves applications for certification. If you are interested in receiving certification, contact the College of Education & Human Services for a review of transcripts and course requirements for certification.

Download: M.S.T. Program in Earth Science at Wright State flyer (PDF)

To learn more about the application process: Application Instructions - MST program

Program Requirements

  1. Completion of a minimum of 30 graduate credits apportioned in the following way:
    a.  A maximum of 10 credit hours in the College of Education and Human Services
    b. 6 credit hours of approved EES Field courses or approved alternate field courses
    c. 1 credit hour of MST Project Development
    d. 3 credit hours of MST Project
  2. Submission of an approved project report
  3. Satisfactory performance in an oral presentation on the project

Courses

The list of courses is meant to be a guide for the students in the M.S.T. program in their selection. The selection and schedule of courses will ultimately be finalized by submitting a completed Program of Study form to student's Graduate Advising Committee for approval.

Student can usually complete an M.S.T. degree in two summers and the intervening academic year. To accommodate teacher's schedules, courses offered during the academic year are generally in the evenings, weekends and/or online. Student can complete most of their field-based course requirements during the first summer, take online courses during the academic year, and return for M.S.T. Project presentation and any remaining course work during the second summer. The following coursework has been created for M.S.T. students. In addition, other graduate courses in the department listed on the Academic Year Graduate Courses webpage are also available to M.S.T. students to choose from.

Fall Semester

Course# Course Title Credit Hours
EES 6050 Earth Science Concepts for Educators 3.5
EES 6150 Global Change (Online) 3
EES 6470 Astronomy (Online) 3
EES 6480 Plate Tectonics (Online) 3
EDL 7510 Statistics and Research (Online) 3
ED 7400 MST Project Development (Online) 1

Spring Semester

Course# Course Title Credit Hours
EES 6230 Introduction to the Ocean (Online) 3
ED 6900 Developing Educational Research (Online) 3
EES 7810 MST Project (Independent Study) 3

Summer Semester

Course# Course Title Credit Hours
EES 6170 Field and Laboratory Studies of Coastal Processes* 2
EES 6390 Caves, River and Earthquakes* 2
EES 6400 Glacial Landforms: Ohio to the Fingerlakes* 2
EES 6410 Physical Geology & Natural History of Ohio* 2
EES 7750 MST Seminar 1

* = Field Courses

 

Description of Summer Field Courses Designed for MST students

The following field courses meet program requirements.

EES 6170 Field and Laboratory Studies of Coastal Processes (2 Credit Hours): This course consists of a one day orientation to the seashore environment, a four-day field trip to the New Jersey shore, and a day of additional laboratory work after the trip. Contact Dr. William Slattery for course schedule and other details. Course fee (transportation & lodging): $250.

EES 6390 Caves, Rivers & Earthquake Field Studies (2 Credit Hours): A four-day field course to western Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri and Indiana. Major topics include karst features in and around Mammoth Cave in Kentucky, fluvial processes along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, and geological consequences of earthquakes at the Reelfoot lake, Tennessee and New Madrid, Missouri areas. Visit to an open-cast coal mining operation near Evansville, Indiana, and the Paleozoic history of the mid-western US at the Falls of the Ohio, near Louiseville, KY. Contact Dr. Abinash Agrawal for course schedule and other details. Course fee (transportation & lodging): $250.

EES 6400 Glacial Landforms: Ohio to the Fingerlakes (2 Credit Hours): A four-day field trip from Ohio to the Finger Lakes region of central NY examining, photographing, and studying the classic landforms and deposits associated with continental glaciation (i.e., drumlins, etc.), and subsequent evolution (i.e., Lake Erie shoreline retreat, Niagara Falls). Contact Dr. Ernest Hauser for course schedule and other details. Course fee (transportation & lodging): $250.

EES 6410 Physical Geology/Natural History of Ohio (2 Credit Hours): An introduction to the rich geological history, mineral resources and geological hazards of Ohio through day-long field trips. Contact Dr. Ernest Hauser for course schedule and other details. Course fee (transportation): $100.

Program Faculty

  • Dr. William Slattery (contact person): Geoscience Education, Sequence Stratigraphy
  • Dr. Rebecca Teed: Geoscience Education, Biostratigraphy
  • Dr. Abinash Agrawal: Biogeochemistry of Wetlands, Pollutant Degradation and Remediation
  • Dr. Songlin Cheng: Water Resources, Hydrogeochemistry
  • Dr. Charles Ciampaglio (at Lake Campus): Paleobiology and Paleoecology, Vertebrate Fauna
  • Dr. Ernest Hauser: Near Surface Geophysics, Obstruction Imaging