Interested in being a Secondary Earth and Space Science Teacher?
If you have an undergraduate degree in Earth and Space Science, you may qualify to enter the MAT with a content specialization in Secondary Earth and Space Science and you will not need to follow the steps below. However, please follow all previously described application submission steps.
If you have an undergraduate degree in any major other than Earth and Space Science, you may also qualify to enter the MAT. You will need 30 credit hours of coursework in Earth and Space Science which may qualify you to enter the MAT with a content specialization in Secondary Earth and Space Science.
You can do a preliminary transcript review yourself through the following:
Identify your coursework in Earth and Space Science. Coursework includes the following topics:
- Basic Scientific Principles of Earth and Space Sciences
- Tectonics and Internal Earth Processes
- Earth Materials and Surface Processes
- History of the Earth and its Life-Forms
- Earth’s Atmosphere and Hydrosphere
You may visit the ETS Website link at http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/PRAXIS/pdf/0571.pdf to review description of each topic. This will help you to determine the number of credits and courses you have that could apply to content specialization in Secondary Earth and Space Science.
You can also do a preliminary transcript review yourself by following these steps:
- Use the chart below, based on National Standards, to determine what courses you have in each of the standard areas.
- Highlight the qualifying courses on your transcript and place the name of the course and the number of credits in the columns.
Then add up the total number of credits in the right column and read the note at the bottom of the page.
Competencies Demonstrated (Based upon the National Standards for Secondary Earth/space science)
Course Prefix Number and Name
( Ex. GEOG 450 Geographic Info Systems)
Number of Credits
Demonstrate knowledge of and skills in the use of contemporary science practices (ex. courses in chemistry, biology, natural resources management)
Demonstrate knowledge of the practices of biology (ex. courses in life processes, genetics, climate, oceans, weather, cells, evolutionary theory)
Demonstrate knowledge of chemistry (laws of composition, chemical technology, earth and space
science, thermodynamics, electrochemistry)
Demonstrate knowledge of earth and space sciences (ex. courses global climate change, energy flow, evolution, land, atmosphere, objects in universe)
You may also visit the website at http://www.nsta.org/pdfs/NSTAstandards2003.pdf to review the National Standards for Secondary Earth and Space Science Teacher.
If you have a total of 30 credits in the right column, you may qualify to enter the MAT with a content specialization in Earth and Space Sciences. If you have less than 30 credits, you may or may not qualify for this specialization, and/or other preliminary ‘qualifying’ courses may be needed. Transcripts missing 3 credits will take special review by a Transcript Specialist.
If you think you may qualify for the Earth and Space Science specialization, please continue with the application process. If you have a different content specialist interest area, please go back to the FAQ page and click on one of the other content area links