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Secondary Education, BSE - Earth Science

Make a Difference as a Science Teacher

The BSE in Secondary Education-Earth Science option major will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to become an effective high school earth science teacher. The program is designed to help you become an accomplished teacher for the 21st century. equipped with knowledge, skills, and attitude to succeed in a highly technological society. High quality courses in small classroom settings allow you to work directly with faculty and collaborate with peers.

Hands-On Learning

You will have multiple hands-on opportunities to learn science teaching in both university and secondary school settings. Our graduates have nearly 100% placement in Missouri schools and faculty will work with you as you begin your career.

Student Learning Outcomes

You will use the knowledge and skills obtained in this program to:

  • Interpret and interrelate important science concepts, ideas, and applications in the fields of licensure.
  • Recognize and employ science-learning approaches for all students.
  • Plan for engaging all students in science learning by setting appropriate goals that are consistent with theories of learning as well as national science standards.
  • Create safe science lab environments for students.
  • Conduct preliminary data collection and present evidence of student science learning as a result of the instruction.
  • Propose educational research study about challenges of learning science in science classroom settings.
  • Participate in research and professional development opportunities in both areas of science and science education.


After completing this degree, you will be eligible to apply for educator certification in grades 9-12 Earth Science, as well as unified science certification through the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).



UCM is the longest continuously CAEP accredited public institution in Missouri


UCM’s Science Education programs are recognized by National Association of Science Teachers (NSTA)



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