Thinking about teaching earth science?

One part of preparing to teach earth science is a strong preparation in the subject.  The best content preparation is a major in geology.  If you are unable to major or minor in geology, you can still teach earth science if you prepare carefully.

To gain an earth science endorsement you must demonstrate your subject –matter knowledge in two ways prior to your admission to the M.A.T. program

  1. You must pass the Washington Educator Skills Test—Endorsements (WEST-E) in earth science.
  2. You must also have taken coursework that prepares you for teaching secondary earth science.  This generally means at least 5 Puget Sound units in geology.  These units should be selected from:
  • Introductory Geology.  At Puget Sound take: GEOL 101: Physical Geology, GEOL 105 Oceanography, GEOL: 110 Regional Field Geology
  • Earth Dynamics: At Puget Sound take: GEOL 200: Introduction to Mineralogy and Petrology, GEOL 206: Introduction to Geophysics, GEOL 302: Structural Geology and Tectonics
  • Earth History: At Puget Sound take: GEOL 305: Earth History, GEO: 306 The Fossil Record
  • Topics in Geology: At Puget Sound take: GEOL 310: Water Resources, GEOL 344: Climate Change