Students who major in Environmental Studies may also want to complete a sequence of courses that will enable them to pursue a career teaching earth science in grades 7-12. The BA/MA program in Environmental Studies and Adolescent Education: Earth Science is designed to prepare prospective teachers to serve as high-quality educator for adolescents in urban schools..
This is an accelerated program leading to a BA in Environmental Studies and an MA in Adolescent Education: Earth Science. The program is designed for highly qualified Environmental Studies majors who, during their sophomore year, decide to pursue a career in secondary school teaching. This program will ensure that these students receive all of their pedagogical and disciplinary training before entering the classroom to teach. Students who complete the 134 credit program will have satisfied the coursework requirements for teacher certification. The 18 elective credits required for the Environmental Studies degree must emphasize atmospheric systems, earth systems, water systems, or geological systems.
For students in this BA/MA program, the 18 credit elective portion of the Environmental Earth Science Concentration major must include GEOL 102, PGEOG 130, ASTRO 100/107 or, after spring 2011, ASTRO 101, and a minimum of 9 undergraduate credits selection from 200- and 300-level GEOL, PGEOG, and GTECH courses (with the exception of GTECH 201), and the independent study, honors, and internship courses in each of these series.
Students interested in this program should speak to adviser in the Department of Geography during their sophomore year to review the curriculum path for the five-year program. And students should also speak to an adviser in the School of Education as soon as possible.
Admission to the School of Education is not automatic with admission to Hunter College. There is a separate admission process that involves a paper application, a writing sample, and an interview.