Earth and Space Science / General Science Education

As an Earth and Space Science (9-12) or General Science (5-8) Education major at St. Cloud State University, you will be part of an interdisciplinary program in the College of Science and Engineering and the College of Education and Learning Design. To prepare you to teach Earth and Space Science classes at the high school level or any science class at the middle school level, your coursework will allow you to develop skills necessary to create innovative curriculum, laboratory exercises, and assignments to engage your future students. During your time here, you'll gain teaching experience by visiting science classrooms while student organizations provide unique education outreach opportunities to work with students while you earn your degree.

Program Highlights

  • Strong foundation in physical sciences and mathematics.
  • Hands-on experience through laboratories, fieldwork, research, and student teaching opportunities.
  • Active student organizations that engage earth science students socially and in community, state and world issues related to weather, wind energy and water.
  • Opportunities to participate in community-based education outreach events, including Tech Savvy, Science Fest, regional science fairs, and more.
  • Faculty engaged in research that addresses current issues and topics relevant to changes in the Earth.

Program Distinctions

  • All teaching licensure programs approved by the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB). 
  • Membership in Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).
  • A full-sized planetarium in remodeled Robert H. Wick Science Building.
  • Support for teacher candidates through the first three years of their first teaching position.
  • Select laboratories and courses held in the Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF).

Popular Careers

  • Middle School Teacher
  • High School Teacher
  • Private Instructor/Tutor
  • Test Preparation
  • Outdoor Educator
  • Naturalist
  • Museum Educator/Tour Guide 

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