The Earth/Space Science Graduate Certificate Program was initiated as a collaborative partnership between the Maryland Space Grant Consortium in Johns Hopkins University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and the School of Education. The certificate program is designed for educators who want to enhance their knowledge and teaching skills in the earth and space sciences. It helps fill teachers' "gaps" in their formal educational training. The Certificate program models pedagogical approaches for teaching earth and space science in K-12 classrooms. Over the life of the program more than one hundred students have been enrolled.
Note: This program is only available as a cohort. The graduate certificate does not lead to teacher certification. The next cohort will begin Fall 2013; applications must be received before July 1, 2013.
Program courses currently offered include:
886.630 Understanding and Teaching Physical Geology
Participants integrate the content and instructional strategies necessary to effectively teach the basic concepts of physical geology. Topics include the geological history of the earth, plate tectonics, mineral identification, the rock cycle, and the dynamic activity that affects the earth's changes. Methods of applying geology concepts to the classroom are emphasized. A variety of laboratory activities, as well as the inquiry approach, are presented and practiced.
886.631 Understanding and Teaching Earth Observations from Space
Participants learn to acquire, process, interpret, and manage remote sensing planetary data. They use satellite imagery and data as tools for enhancing the science classroom. Various methods of satellite data and image retrieval from the Internet are explored. Teaching methods for applying the concepts to the science classroom are modeled and discussed. Hands-on activities emphasizing the inquiry approach are used to apply findings from data to the science classroom. Technology is an integral part of the course.
886.632 Understanding and Teaching the Solar System
Participants are introduced to the history of solar exploration; space observation methods and techniques; survey of planets and small bodies; the sun as a star; the earth as a planet; and the search for life. Emphasis is on developing a thorough understanding of the solar system and applying the concepts to the classroom. Teaching methods, strategies, resources, and recent space mission data are explored and discussed. Promoting student-centered experimentation and problem solving are discussed and modeled.
886.633 Understanding and Teaching Stars, Galaxies, and Beyond
Participants explore the content and methods of teaching stellar and intergalactic astronomy. Topics include cosmology, galaxy classification and evolution, stellar classification and evolution, radiation theory, and the interstellar medium. Current results from the Hubble Space Telescope are explored and classroom activities include space observations. Methods of applying the concepts and research to the science classroom, emphasizing the inquiry approach to teaching, are modeled and discussed.
886.634 Understand And Teaching Earth's Weather and Climate
Participants examine the content and methodology of teaching the basic concepts of meteorology. Content focus includes factors that create local, regional, and global weather phenomena. Special topics include climate change issues such as global warming, greenhouse effect, and El Nino. Inductive and inquiry approaches to instruction are used throughout the course to model experimentation and problem solving for the earth/space science classroom.
886.811 Internship in Earth/Space Science
Students participate in supervised scientific activities and research with a focus on earth/space science. The field experience provides an opportunity for students to work in areas of research, data collection, and scientific inquiry, and get exposure to actual scientific procedures and problem solving. Students are expected to use this experience to develop lessons that they will use in their own classrooms. Participants must obtain approval from their adviser for field research assignments.
Note: Must have permission of academic adviser to register for this course.
The information below includes program-related disclosures provided pursuant to federal regulations issued by the United States Department of Education on October 29, 2010, required for title IV eligible certificate programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation.
1. CIP Code: 13.0101 Education, General
2. Credential Level: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
3. Program Length
a. Credits: 18
b. Weeks: 45
4. Occupations, by name and SOC Code, for which the program prepares
students, including links to O*NET occupational profiles:
a. Tuition & Fees: $12,060
b. Books & Supplies (if not included in tuition/fees): $900
c. Room & Board (if applicable): Not Applicable
6. On-time Completion Rate* (2011-12): 30%
7. Job Placement Rate: Not Applicable
8. Median Loan Debt upon Program Completion* (2011-12): $0
a. Title IV debt: $0
b. Private Educational Loan debt: $0
c. Institutional Financing debt: Not Applicable
*Note: In accordance with US Department of Education guidelines, the On-time Completion Rate and Median Loan Debt upon Program Completion figures published here were calculated based on the data for all 2011-12 program completers who graduated from Title IV eligible gainful employment certificate programs sharing the 13.0101 Education, General CIP code.