Missouri State University

MSEd, Secondary Education: Earth Science Emphasis


Contact Dr. Melida Gutierrez for additional information.


Student must hold certification to teach secondary education and meet all graduate school requirements. Students in education-related occupations or professions other than secondary school teaching which require licensing or certification by state or national boards may be recommended for admission. The student must complete any required prerequisite courses. Such courses do not count toward completion of the degree requirements.


A minimum of 24 hours in Science and/or Mathematics.


General Core Total of 18 hrs

A. Required Courses 6 hrs
  • SFR 750 Philosophies of Education
  • SFR 780 Introduction to Educational Research
B. Professional Courses 6 hrs

Course work designed for improvement of classroom instruction. Courses should be selected from two of the six areas below*:

  1. EDT 662 Educational Applications of Computers in the Classroom OR EDT 650 Selection & Utilization of Instructional Technology
  2. MID 725 Advanced Theory & Practice in the Teaching of Early Adolescents
  3. PSY 705 Psychology of Adolescence OR PSY 710 Psychology of Education
  4. RDG 710 Reading in the Content Fields
  5. SEC 701 Secondary School Curriculum
  6. SPE 613 Physical & Health Needs of Students with Disabilities

* Other electives specifically related to classroom teaching may be identified and substituted for numbers 1 through 6 above in conference with, and approval of, the degree advisor.

C. Research and Specialized Experience 6 hrs

Includes research (see below) and other course work to total 6 hours. Of these 6 hours, a minimum of 2 hours must be in one of the following two research options. Additional course work is needed if less than 6 hours of research is chosen.

  • Option I: Completion of a thesis. Thesis credit may not exceed 6 hours of the total program. Students writing a thesis may enroll in the appropriate course for their certification area (SFR 799 or thesis course in the emphasis area).
  • Option II: Completion of an extensive research project or major creative work. Students may enroll in SFR 796, Problems in Education, or an appropriate course in the emphasis area specialty (generally GLG 751, Seminar in Geology, for students in the Earth Science emphasis area) with the consent and guidance of the program director and/or advisor.

Emphasis Area (Earth Science) 15 hrs

  • GLG 701 Geology for Secondary Teachers I 3 hrs   Available Online (PDF*)
  • GLG 702 Geology for Secondary Teachers II 3 hrs
  • Additional Geography and Geology course work 9 hrs


A comprehensive examination must be passed by the candidate before a degree will be granted.


In addition to requirements established by the Graduate College, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on all work attempted in education and in all work attempted in the emphasis area.


The advisor works with the student to determine the Program of Study which will be developed according to the needs and interest expressed by the advisee; the advisee’s formal training at the undergraduate level; the teaching assignment of the advisee; and, professional assignments in which the advisee hopes to be involved in the future. The seminar paper or original work must be approved by the advisor from the area mentoring the project. The advisor will determine the number of copies of the seminar paper or original work to be submitted.

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