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Teaching Earth and Environmental Science

Numerous opportunities exist for students interested in teaching earth and environmental science.  For those wanting to teach secondary education (grades 6-12) in Virginia public schools, a license must be obtained.  LC's School of Education has provided a checklist to assist with this process:

Please use this list to also check for application deadlines.  It is required that you start this process immediately, get the Virginia Department of Education to confirm your completed content coursework, and be aware of application deadlines.  Make sure to contact Dr. Mary Ann Mahew (Mayhew.M@lynchburg.edu) and Ms. Cheryl Pendergraft (pendergraft@lynchburg.edu) so they can guide you through the process.

Although not required for private schools, an endorsement can still prove valuable in job hunting.  For those planning on teaching in other states, Virginia shares reciprocity with about 40 other states, meaning a Virginia teaching license is valid in those states.

The Virginia licensure process is described here:
Details related to earth science endorsement are on pages 53-54, and are also pasted here:
8VAC20-22-490. Science Earth science.
Endorsement requirements. The candidate must have:
1. Graduated from an approved teacher preparation program in Earth Science;
2. Completed a major in geology or environmental science with at least one course in each of the following: oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy, and a course in geology for environmental science majors, or 32 semester hours in Earth sciences, including geology (18 semester hours), oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy and other preparation consistent with the competencies required for the endorsement; or
3. Earned an endorsement in another science discipline and at least 18 credits in Earth sciences, including preparation in each of the following areas: geology, oceanography, meteorology, and astronomy.

Applying for Virginia Licensure:
A.  Application can be obtained by Googling the Virginia Department of Education.
B.  Click on licensure on the right side of the screen.
C.  Then click on Application for a Virginia Teaching License.
D.  Print the application.
E.  Complete the Child Abuse Recognition section online.  Print a copy of the certificate when you complete the online assignment.  Keep a copy of the certificate for your records and include a copy with your license application.
F.  Include a cover letter explaining you are seeking a Virginia Teaching License in Secondary History and Social Sciences and English as a Second Language.
G.  For any course where it is not clear the course may match the VDOE expectations, cut and paste the course descriptions from the course catalog.
H.  Include the $50 fee one-time cost.
I.   Save the original reply from VDOE.

Undergraduate Students:

The Environmental Science Department at Lynchburg College is a state approved teacher preparation program in Earth Science, with Environmental Science undergrad majors satisfying Option 1, above.  In completing the ENVS major, you must take at least one class in each of the following areas:  oceanography, meteorology, astronomy, and geology.  You also need to complete a Minor in Secondary Education, which includes a semester of student teaching.  Dr. Gail Brown (Brown.G@lynchburg.edu) is the contact person for student teaching.

Graduate Students:

For students enrolled in the M.Ed. in Science Education program, initial certification is available for those who have the earth science content, but still need the following education courses:
    EDCI 600 Classroom Management and Instructional Methodology
    EDCI 606 Effective Instructional Strategies
    EDCI 617 Foundations and Curriculum
    EDHD 602 Human Development
    RDNG 672 Reading and Study Skills in the Content Area
You will also need to take EDCI 699, Internship in Education, for 6 credit hours - this is your student teaching, and does require you to first complete several items in order to be eligible.  These are explained in detail here: http://www.lynchburg.edu/sites/default/files/documents/grad-med.pdf (pp. 49-52) This student teaching requirement is beyond what is officially required in the M.Ed. in Science Education, meaning it might take an extra semester to complete.  Dr. Gail Brown (Brown.G@lynchburg.edu) is the contact person for student teaching.

Additional Points
1.  You do not need to complete the M.Ed. to student teach or get a teaching license.
2.  Content coursework needs to be confirmed by VDOE ASAP hence the need to apply for a license as soon as you are admitted into the M.Ed. program.
3.  You can then take the content courses and the 5 professional preparation courses you need concurrently so you can student teach as soon as possible. LC does not have an approved program for the middle school science endorsement.  It is best to steer towards the secondary licenses for biology, chemistry, earth science, or physics.  And the middle school endorsement requires RDNG 625 and 640 rather than just RDNG 672 for secondary.
4.  Since this program is designed around the schedules of working teachers, you are welcome to get a job and then complete the M.Ed.!

An add-on endorsement in earth science is also available through the Earth Science Certificate.  This add-on endorsement is primarily for secondary school teachers who already have an endorsement in one of the other sciences (biology, chemistry, or physics)