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B.S. in Adolescence Education: Earth Science (Grades 7 - 12)

Teacher and Student in ClassroomThe Bachelor of Science program in Adolescence Education: Earth Science at LIU Post prepares a new generation of teachers to cultivate and enhance student success in Earth Science comprehension and application. This program equips you with the skills, knowledge and foundation to motivate middle and high school students at various skill levels to learn the fundamentals of science, experimentation, research and the environment. The program includes supervised practice teaching in actual classrooms at two grade levels (7 to 9 and 10 to 12), allowing you to observe certified teachers, interact with students, and understand the adolescent mindset as it relates to earth science.

After you complete the degree requirements and successfully pass all certification tests (LAST, ATS-W and CSTs), you will be awarded Initial Teaching Certification by the New York State Department of Education to teach earth science to grades 7 to 12.

The Bachelor of Science in Adolescence Education: Earth Science is a joint program between LIU Post’s College of Education, Information and Technology and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The teacher-education programs in LIU Post's Department of Curriculum and Instruction are nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), ensuring you receive the highest quality instruction.

Teaching Methods

To prepare you for the classroom environment, your coursework will emphasize mastery of content in earth science education, effective teaching techniques, innovative lesson planning, motivation strategies and student assessment. Your education classes will examine ways that you can use your knowledge to teach earth science effectively to young students to maximize learning outcomes. You will learn how to understand the intellectual, physical and emotional development of teenagers; to encourage peer cooperation and collaboration; to foster student self-esteem and moral development; and to empower parents. You will learn how to assist a young person in developing the skills to achieve science comprehension and to develop a lifelong enthusiasm for knowledge and learning. LIU Post teacher education students enjoy close personal contact with faculty who are dedicated to mentoring the next generation of highly skilled teachers.

Earth Science Concentration

As an earth science education major, you will learn about the interrelations among the four major systems that make up our home planet: air, water, the earth beneath our feet and the biosphere (all living creatures). In recognition of the impact of human beings on the environment, your curriculum will embrace not just the physical sciences – such as geology, geography, biology and chemistry – but also the social sciences, including conservation, economics and urban planning. With a thorough grounding in the critical interpretation of scientific literature, you will be prepared to explore the problem of climate change from an historical and global perspective, and to help young people understand the importance of using the earth and its resources more wisely. To learn more, visit Department of Earth and Environmental Science Web site.

For over a half century, the LIU Post Campus of Long Island University has been offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs to prepare teachers for the classroom. We focus on meeting the needs of contemporary schools, families and communities. Our teacher education programs are widely recognized for their quality, and rank among the most requested majors at LIU Post.

Program Highlight

LIU Post has established partnerships with more than 65 schools on Long Island and Queens, providing education majors with a wide range of potential sites for student-teaching.