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Description of Graduate Programs

Note: Beginning in 2010, a new cohort of teachers will start the program in June and move through the courses as a group.

Graduate Certificate Program

Educational professionals wishing to improve their knowledge and teaching skills in Earth/Space Science may pursue the "Graduate Certificate in Earth/Space Science", for which 18 credits are required. This two-year program is open to elementary, middle, and senior high school teachers.

Content and methodology are integrated in all the courses, which reflect the Maryland State Department of Education's Outcomes and Core Learning goals, the American Association for the Advancement of Science's K-12 Benchmarks for Science Literacy, and the National Academy of Science's K-12 Standards.

Courses required for the certificate are:

886.630 Understanding and Teaching Physical Geology
886.631 Understanding and Teaching Earth Observations from Space
886.632 Understanding and Teaching the Solar System
886.633 Understanding and Teaching Stars, Galaxies, and Beyond
886.634 Understanding and Teaching Earth's Weather and Climate
886.811 Internship in Earth/Space Science

Master's Degree Program

Educational professionals who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in Earth/Space Science and also obtain an advanced degree may pursue the degree "Master of Science in Education: Educational Studies with Concentration in Earth/Space Science", for which 33 credits are required.

This course is open to elementary, middle, and senior high school teachers. Content and methodology are integrated in all the earth/space science courses, which reflect the Maryland State Department of Education's Outcomes and Core Learning goals, the American Association for the Advancement of Science's K-12 Benchmarks for Science Literacy, and the National Academy of Science's K-12 Standards.

In addition to the courses required for the Certificate in Earth/Space Science, participants in the master's degree program complete the following:

881.622 Advanced Instructional Strategies
881.611 Action Research for School Improvement
855.610 Seminar in Teacher Leadership

Electives (six credits to be determined with the consent of the program advisor) after the required earth/space science courses are completed, individual schedules are developed in consultation with the JHU program advisor to include the remaining required courses.

 


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