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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 licensure must be obtained.  Although not required for private schools, an endorsement can still prove valuable in job hunting.  For those planning on teaching in other states, endorsements are not automatically transferred, but can make the process much easier. 

The Virginia licensure process is described in detail here:
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/licensure/licensure_regs.pdf
Details related to earth science licensure 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.

Graduate students who already have an endorsement in another science discipline will satisfy the requirements for option 3 after completing the Earth Science Certificate at Lynchburg College.