Certification Requirements

An innovative approach to teacher preparation

In this pathway, you’ll gain Earth science knowledge typical of working geologists. You’ll receive the training and certifications to teach middle school and high school students.

Certification checklist

You can complete these requirements in only five years. The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) qualifies you to teach dual-credit courses.

It’s critical that you work with our dedicated advisor to ensure that you stay on track to reach your goals.

Extra benefit

Compared to traditional teacher preparation programs, this pathway gives you more options for you career. You can work as a professional geologist and have the qualifications to teach Earth science.

Required major

Geology (Non-Comprehensive)

Bachelor of Science

Major requirements (45-47 hours):

  1. GLG 110(4) or both GLG 171(3) and GLG 172(1); GLG 314(3), 332(3), 333(3), 334(3), 340(4), 358(3).
  2. Four hours from GLG 412 or GLG 413 or equivalent pre-approved field geology course transferred from another university.
  3. Three hours from GLG courses numbered 318 or higher.
  4. Three additional hours from GLG courses numbered 400 or higher.
  5. CHM 160(4), 161(1).
  6. MTH 137(3) or higher.
  7. GEO 363(4).
  8. Public Affairs Capstone Experience will be fulfilled by completion of GLG 358(3).
  9. Minor required (or second major). Geology majors wishing to emphasize paleontology should minor in biology.

University level requirements:

  1. General Education Program and Requirements
  2. General Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Required minor

The Earth science education advisor will help you determine your electives within the geography minor.


Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science in Education (Non-Certifiable)
  1. Additional GRY, GEO, or PLN courses numbered 300 or higher to total at least 17 hours.