Earth and Space Science Teacher Education
The Earth and Space Science Teacher Education Program prepares students to teach science at the high school level. It is a relatively small program, with dedicated faculty in both the geology and geography programs that effectively prepare student candidates to become well-prepared science teachers. Students will become certified to teach all high school science courses (earth science, environmental science, biology, chemistry and physics), including AP and honors geology and earth science.
Point of Pride
More than 1 in 7 of Illinois' public school teachers graduated from Illinois State.
Why study Earth and Space Science Teacher Education?
Geology is the science devoted to understanding the history of the Earth and the processes that continues to shape the planet today. Geologists identify earth materials, analyze forces that act within the earth to produce major features of the earth's crust, identify processes that sculpt surface features; identify and explore resources that are vital to modern societies and apply this knowledge to solve industrial and societal problems. Regardless of the major track, students also develop and exercise critical thinking, writing and quantitative skills. The major curriculum provides a balance between traditional liberal arts, and technical/analytical skills. The main thrust of instruction continues to be in practical and applied geology. Our students are provided with ample experience in the field through course field trips and summer field courses. Other practical skills are learned in the classroom laboratory.
Applying to Illinois State
Illinois State's preferred filing periodfor freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!