In keeping with UTA's mission to provide lifelong learning opportunities, the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers a Graduate Certificate in Geology Education. The purpose of this certificate is to provide teaching professionals with graduate instruction in geology as a means of maintaining and promoting their professional development. The certificate provides a post-baccalaureate educational opportunity to teachers that is narrower in scope, and shorter in duration, than its associated graduate degree program.
The terms of admission allow participants to take specific courses approved for the certificate program. They are not allowed to take courses outside of their program.
Any student that later seeks a graduate degree in the M.A. program may apply 9 of the 12 hours of course work toward that program if done within 6 years of completion of the certificate by petitioning the Graduate School through her/his prospective academic department.
All participants in the program must meet the normal GPA requirements of the Graduate School, College, and Department. In particular, they must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 in order to receive the certificate.
The Certificate in Geology Education requires students to take and successfully complete Contemporary Science 5301 plus at least 9 advanced hours in Earth and Environmental Sciences with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Advanced courses available to participants in the Graduate Certificate in Geology Education program include:
SCIE 5301 – Contemporary Science*
GEOL 5330 – Earth Systems I
GEOL 5331 – Earth Systems II
GEOL 5332 – Earth Resources and the Environment
GEOL 5333 - Earth Sciences Field Methods
GEOL 5335 – Laboratory Methods & Techniques