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).

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Why Geology and Earth Science Education at UB?

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.

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 schools across diverse 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. 8
Regular Decision: Feb. 1

Students can continue to submit an application for fall consideration until capacity is reached.
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For more information about coursework and requirements, please contact:
Office of Educator, 716-645-2461