Combined Geology, BA / Earth Science Education, EdM

The UB Teach geology education program is an accelerated, combined degree program that allows you to earn a geology BA and an earth science education EdM in five years. The program focuses on providing you with content expertise in geology while preparing you to teach earth science at the adolescence level (grades 5 to 12).

In this combined program, you will study in the Department of Geology in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the Department of Learning and Instruction in the Graduate School of Education. While in the Department of Geology, you benefit from a dedicated focus on the discipline of geology; in the Department of Learning and Instruction, you learn how to bring earth science to life in the grades 5 to 12 classroom.

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Why Geology and Earth Science Education at UB?

UB prepares highly-qualified teachers who lead their classrooms, shape students’ lives and positively engage with the communities they serve.

Students enrolled in this program will:

  • Think spatially and creatively to address some of the most pressing issues of our time: climate change, resource management, and natural disasters.
  • Engage in a deep scientific understanding of the Earth’s processes to help others understand the planet we live on.
  • Complete intensive clinical education experiences in collaboration with Western New York grades 5–12 schools in rural, suburban and urban settings, while learning the nuances of the teaching profession.
  • Gain the skills, expertise and confidence to implement evidence-based practice in the classroom and co-teach alongside an expert teacher in a one-year residency.

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Education (EdM)
Certification option Successful completion of program leads to an institutional recommendation for New York State initial and professional certification in geology education
Grade levels 7 to 12 with 5 to 6 extension
Credits required for completion 145
Time to completion 5 years
Course delivery On campus, online
  • Earth Science teacher
  • Environmental consultant
  • Hydrologist
Experiential contact hours
  • Clinical experiences embedded in undergraduate and graduate  coursework
  • A full one-year teaching residency in the final year of the program
Application deadline Early Action: Nov. 15
Scholarship Consideration: Dec. 15
Regular Decision: Feb. 1

Students can continue to submit an application for fall consideration until capacity is reached.
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Program Coursework

Coursework Note

This is a sample course schedule. These courses are subject to change. As a student in the UB Teach program, you must work closely with your advisor before registering for classes.

Geology BA Courses

Progression to Graduate Coursework

Students will not apply separately to graduate study; instead, there are a series of progression points that must be met.

Advancement to the graduate portion of the program requires the following:

• maintain a 3.0 GPA
• earn a “C” grade or higher in content courses, as well as any course that is used to fulfill general education requirements for teacher certification
• earn a B- or better in all graduate level coursework
• complete an interview with the Teacher Education Institute in year three of bachelor's

Earth Science Education EdM Courses

Program Requirements

Dignity for All Students Act Requirement

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) requires that all students applying for certification as of December 31, 2013 have 6 hours of coursework or training on the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination. As mandated by NYSED six clock hours of training in harassment, bullying, and discrimination prevention and intervention. This workshop is available through the University at Buffalo as well as other NYSED-approved providers. If you have already completed a workshop through a NYSED-approved provider, you must submit proof of completion when you apply.

Students with Disabilities Requirement

The New York State Education Department requires three semester hours of study in the area of students with disabilities for those who are entering the teacher education programs. If you have not yet fulfilled this requirement, you may take our students with disabilities course (LAI 574).

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.