Teaching Earth Science: 7-12 MA Initial

Master of Arts in Teaching Earth Science

With Intial Certification in Grades 7-12

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Admissions Information

Displaying requirements for the Spring 2024, Summer 2024, and Fall 2024 terms.

Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 36
  • Entry Terms: Summer, Fall


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  • NY State Initial: Earth Science 7-12

Application Deadlines

Entry Term AvailablePriority DeadlinesFinal DeadlinesExtended Deadlines
SummerJanuary 15, 2024June 1, 2024N/A
FallJanuary 15, 2024July 1, 2024N/A

Select programs remain open beyond our standard application deadlines, such as those with an extended deadline or those that are rolling (open until June or July). If your program is rolling or has an extended deadline indicated above, applications are reviewed as they are received and on a space-available basis. We recommend you complete your application as soon as possible as these programs can close earlier if full capacity has been met.

Application Requirements

 Online Degree Application, including Statement of Purpose and Resume
 Transcripts and/or Course-by-Course Evaluations for all Undergraduate/Graduate Coursework Completed
 Results from an accepted English Proficiency Exam (if applicable)
 $75 Application Fee
 Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
 Supplemental application required (included in online application)

Requirements from the TC Catalog (AY 2023-2024)

Displaying catalog information for the Fall 2023, Spring 2024 and Summer 2024 terms.

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Emphasis is placed on those competencies necessary for effective science teaching as a means of enhancing professional growth of in-service and pre-practice through group and individualized instruction in a general methods course and in courses applicable to specific sciences.

In order to meet New York State Teacher Certification requirements, the M.A. degree for teacher preparation programs is comprised of 36 credits of coursework in the areas of professional education, science content, and science methods. The 32-point M.A. degree program in Supervision/Teacher of Science Education serves students whose professional interests are centered in the enhancement of science teaching and learning including teacher professional development, curriculum improvement, personal professional development, and preparation for more advanced studies leading to advanced master’s degrees in science teacher supervision. In consultation with your advisor upon acceptance to a degree program, a program plan will be outlined based on your specific content certification area.

For pre-service candidates, i.e., those who intend to fulfill the requirements of New York State for initial certification to teach science in secondary schools, MSTC 4000 and MSTC 4363 are required and should precede the semester in which student teaching is completed. MSTC 4000 and MSTC 4363 are both offered in the fall and student teaching in the spring.

Other requirements that must be met before graduation include completion of a science safety workshop, successful completion of the program’s Gateway Performance Assessments for Teaching, and a final master’s portfolio project. See the Teacher Education section of this bulletin for details on other requirements.

Initial Teacher Certification Science Education M.A. applicants may refer admissions questions to the Masters program director. Inquiries should be sent to Dr. Jessica Riccio (riccio@tc.columbia.edu).

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