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Secondary Education - Earth Science

The secondary education integrated science earth science program seeks to improve the quality of teaching in secondary schools by:

  • preparing well-qualified candidates for positions in schools in diverse communities
  • identifying, disseminating and developing a commitment to the use of professional knowledge based on grounded research and established practice
  • cultivating inquiry and reflective practice
  • fostering a commitment to collaboration and lifelong learning among program participants and graduates

The secondary education program prepares candidates to teach adolescents and young adults (grades 7-12). 

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Quick Info

Program Code

18BSED-SEC-ES

Real-World Learning Components

Required teaching experience

Duration

4 years

Admission Criteria

Selective

Location

Main Campus
ACT
21.0 - 25.0
SAT
970 - 1110

Department

Secondary Education
College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services

Contact

361 Dyer Hall
Cincinnati,OH  45221
CECH Student Services Center
Email: cechssc@ucmail.uc.edu
Phone: 513-556-2336

Student Success Factors

Candidates who succeed as teachers of adolescents and young adults:

  • know how individuals learn and develop
  • can articulate the central concepts, tools of inquiry and the structures of their discipline
  • effectively collaborate with others
  • demonstrate leadership
  • address issues of diversity with equity
  • use technology to support their practice
  • use assessment to inform their efforts
  • demonstrate pedagogical knowledge
  • are responsible, caring, fair and honest
  • are committed to social justice

Career Possibilities

Graduates of the secondary education integrated science earth science program assume teaching positions in science. Secondary education earth science program graduates usually elect to teach in Ohio, but graduates teach across the nation.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

The goal of the secondary education program in the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) is to prepare candidates for success. Through course work, field experience and internships, candidates learn the skills necessary to meet the challenges and changing needs of schools and communities.

Each candidate must complete science related course work, as well as course work in educational and professional studies. The program provides on-site contact with schools and social agencies. These experiences give candidates the professional point of view and practical understanding essential to the preparation of effective teachers. In cooperation with area school systems, candidates complete a wide range of field clinical experiences in urban and suburban classrooms.

The secondary education program is a four year program that prepares candidates for teaching young adults in grades 7-12.

Advancement in the program consists of a two-step process. The first step is admission to the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services as an education student. The second step involves admission into the professional cohort, which occurs during the second year (i.e., sophomore status or its equivalent). For more information about the cohort selection process and criteria, please contact an academic advisor. During year two, education students who meet requirements for advancing in the program must attend a mandatory information meeting during fall semester and must submit a completed application for admission to the secondary education cohort that begins the following fall semester. Enrollment is limited; admission is competitive.

Once admitted into the cohort, students take their professional education courses and complete student teaching requirements.


Candidates earn a baccalaureate degree from the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services upon successful completion of the program. After successful completion of the program, including passing appropriate Ohio Assessments for Educators exams, candidates are eligible to apply for an appropriate state of Ohio teaching license.

 

Minor Details

There is no minor offered in the secondary education earth science program.

Curriculum

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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Secondary Education Integrated Science: Earth and Space Science

Predominant Program

    Fall (Year 1)
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • EDST1001, Introduction to Education, DC, HP, 3
    • BIOL1081, Biology I: Molecules, Cells, and the Foundation of Life, NS, 3
    • BIOL1081L, Biology I Laboratory, NS, 1
    • GEOL1003, Physical Geology, NS, 3
    • GEOL1003L, Physical Geology Laboratory, NS, 1
    • PHYS1020, Astronomy: The Solar System, NS, 3
    Spring (Year 1)
    • EDST1002, Educational Psychology, SS, 3
    • SPED1001, Individuals with Exceptionalities, DC, SE, 3
    • BIOL1082, Biology II: Evolution, Physiology, and Ecology, NS, 3
    • BIOL1082L, Biology II Laboratory, NS, 1
    • GEOL1004, Historical Geology, NS, 3
    • GEOL1004L, Historical Geology Laboratory, NS, 1
    • PHYS1021, Astronomy: Stars & Galaxies, NS, 3
    Summer (Year 1)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 2)
    • CI1001, Educational Technology, TI, 3
    • GEOL2001C, Mineralogy and Igneous Petrology, NS, 3
    • CHEM1030, General, Organic and Biochemistry I, NS, 3
    • CHEM1030L, General, Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory I, NS, 1
    • XXXXxxxx, Student may select GEOL1061, PHYS1032, or EVST1011., 3
    • MATH1044, Applied Calculus I, QR, 3
    Spring (Year 2)
    • EDST2003, Pre-Adolescent through Adolescent Development, SS, 3
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • GEOL2002C, Petrology and Structural Geology, QR, NS, 3
    • CHEM1031, General, Organic and Biochemistry II, NS, 3
    • CHEM1031L, General, Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory II, NS, 1
    • STAT1034, Elementary Statistics I, QR, 3
    Summer (Year 2)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 3)
    • CI3003, Teaching and Learning in Diverse Classrooms, 3
    • PHYS1051, General Physics I (Algebra-based), QR, NS, 4
    • PHYS1051L, General Physics Lab I (Algebra-based), QR, NS, 1
    • GEOL2003C, Paleontology and Evolution, NS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Student may select a Fine Arts (FA), Historical Perspective (HP) or Humanities/Literature (HU/LT) elective., 3
    Spring (Year 3)
    • SEC4018, Introductory Methods Secondary: Science, 3
    • SEC4025, Secondary Practicum Experience I, 3
    • PHYS1052, General Physics II (Algebra-based), QR, NS, 4
    • PHYS1052L, General Physics Lab II (Algebra-based), QR, NS, 1
    • GEOLxxxx, Student may select a Geology course at the 2000 level or higher., 3
    Summer (Year 3)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 4)
    • LSLS4014, Disciplinary Literacy in the Secondary School, 3
    • SEC5023, Intermediate Methods Secondary: Science, 3
    • SEC5026, Secondary Practicum Experience II, 3
    • SEC5190, Secondary Student Teaching I, 1 - 12
    • GEOLxxxx, Student may select a Geology course at the 2000 level or higher., 3
    Spring (Year 4)
    • SEC5133, Advanced Methods Secondary: Science, 3
    • SEC5191, Secondary Student Teaching II, 1 - 12
    • XXXXxxxx, Student may select a free elective., 3
    Summer (Year 4)
    • N/A

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

 Formed as the Teachers College in 1905, the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services continually merits local, state and national recognition. Recent commendations include:

  • accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the organization responsible for professional accreditation of teacher education
  • a 65th ranking in U.S. News & World Report
  • the Best Practice Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • consistently high scores by candidates on state mandated licensure exams

The secondary education program is committed to the continuous improvement of its programs and operations and is nationally recognized for specific licenses by the National Council for Teachers of English, the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, the National Council for the Social Studies and the National Science Teachers Association. This program has been determined to meet the Ohio reading mandate and is aligned with the Ohio content area standards.

In addition, the secondary education program provides small classes, talented faculty in each discipline and extensive field clinical experiences in urban and suburban schools.

Special Programs

Future Educators of America (FEA)
UC’s FEA chapter is dedicated to fostering the love of teaching, examining the reality of teaching and promoting the rewards of teaching. FEA is open to all UC students; however, our main focus is to offer a path for teacher education students to stay connected to their college and to their future profession. Members have the opportunity to work with children and young adults in local schools and FEA chapters.

Kappa Delta Pi (KDP)
Kappa Delta Pi is a prestigious international honor society that recognizes scholarship and excellence in the field of education. Members must have a college GPA of at least 3.0 for undergraduate students or 3.25 for graduate students. KDP members work on several volunteer activities that focus on education. Some of the benefits of being a member of KDP include annual scholarships, professional development, a nationwide job database and access to the ideas, research, insights and expertise of internationally renowned educators.

Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)
SCEC is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities and gifted children, as well as those typically developing. If you are committed to children, focused on becoming the best educator and want to meet new people, then SCEC is for you! Membership dues permit you to receive professional development opportunities, journals and newsletters with new research and classroom practice and the opportunity to attend conventions and conferences.

CECH Tribunal
The purposes of the CECH Tribunal are to ensure that the interests of the students of the college are voiced and to provide student representation on behalf of all undergraduate students in CECH where representation is warranted. Also, the tribunal organizes programs and social events for students of the college.

Student Ambassador Program
The Student Ambassador program represents CECH at the University of Cincinnati by assisting with the recruitment and retention of students in the college. CECH student ambassadors provide a valuable service by representing the student perspective of university life to prospective and new students. Ambassadors also represent the college at numerous collegiate functions, professional events and key promotional events. Being selected as a CECH student ambassador is an honor that reflects academic rigor and a commitment to the fields of education, health promotion and education and criminal justice.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to this program is generally available for students transferring to the University of Cincinnati if they were admissible directly from high school and have a 2.8 cumulative GPA (all prior institutions combined).

Students who were NOT admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA (all prior institutions combined)

Changing Majors Within UC

Admission to this program is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges of the University of Cincinnati if they were admissible directly from high school and have a 2.8 cumulative GPA (UC and any prior institutions combined).

Students who were NOT admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA (UC and any prior institutions combined)

Current UC students wishing to transfer into the program should contact the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services at 513-556-2336.

International Student Requirements

Please contact the University of Cincinnati's Office of Admission for details.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, a student must:

  • Complete all required course work and program requirements.
  • Obtain at least a 2.8 university grade point average and a 2.8 GPA in content area.
  • Be in good academic standing; that is, not on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Meet the college's residency requirement of 30 semester credit hours.
  • File formal application for the degree by the posted semester of graduation deadline.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Freshmen:

  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1*
  • Confirmation Deadline: May 1

* Your application must be complete by this date in order to be considered for scholarships and the Honors Program.

Transfers:

  • Application Deadline: July 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: Aug. 1

Spring Semester

Freshmen and Transfers: 

  • Application Deadline: Nov. 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: Dec. 1

Summer Semester

Freshmen and Transfers: 

  • Application Deadline: March 1
  • Confirmation Deadline: April 1

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.



The educator preparation programs at the University of Cincinnati are accredited by theCouncil for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  In addition, the secondary education program is accredited by the following associations: the National Council for Teachers of English, the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, the National Council for the Social Studies and the National Science Teachers Association. This program has been determined to meet the Ohio reading mandate and is aligned with the Ohio content area standards.