Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Master of Science in Teaching Earth Science

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Why Choose the Teaching Earth Science Program?

The Department of Earth and 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 and Human Services for a review of transcripts and course requirements for certification.

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


Academics and Curriculum

View Master of Science in Teaching Earth Science program information and degree requirements in the University Catalog.

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.


Admission

The application form for admission into the M.S.T. program must be completed online on the Graduate School website.

Most of the supplemental materials (transcripts, application fee, etc.) should be sent to the Graduate School. The recommendation letters should be sent to Dr. Slattery. Both mailing addresses are given below. We recommend that your application be submitted to the graduate school by late March so you can be considered when we begin our main cycle of reviews and financial awards in mid-April.

  1. Complete the online application on the Graduate School website.
     
  2. Submit a Statement of Educational and Professional Goals
    This statement is submitted with your online application. It is evaluated by the admissions committee for both content and style. Therefore, it should be well written and express clear and realistic goals.
     
  3. Request Letters of Recommendation
    At least three referees should be personally contacted and asked to write letters of recommendation. These should be sent to Dr, Slattery. You should specify the names and contact information for referees within the application form. Please follow up with your referees after you made your initial request to make sure that the letters reach Wright State in a timely manner.
     
  4. Request Undergraduate Transcripts
    Transcripts are required from every undergraduate institution that you attended. Your application remains incomplete until official transcripts are received. Since most institutions have many requests at the same time of year, make your request early so all documents will be received in time. The transcript request form is included in the application package.

    If you are currently pursuing your undergraduate degree, it is important that you indicate courses you are currently taking that may not be reflected on your transcript.
     
  5. Submit Application Fee
    The graduate school requires a non-refundable application fee that must be included with your application to cover the cost of handling application materials.

Mailing Addresses

Please make sure that most supporting material, i.e. transcripts, etc., are sent directly to:

Graduate School
wsugrad@wright.edu
Open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
E344 Student Union
Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, OH 45435-0001

Telephone: (937) 775-2976; (800) 452-4723; (800) 452-4723
Fax: (937) 775-2453

The recommendation letters should be sent to
Dr. William Slattery
260 Brehm Labs
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton OH 45435

Fax: (937) 775-4997


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