Jun 13, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 - Phase II 
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 - Phase II

Adolescent Earth Science, Grades 7-12 - BA/MA

The BA/MA program in Adolescent Earth Science Education leads to initial certification as a teacher in New York State.

This bachelor’s / master’s program in adolescent education is designed to prepare prospective teachers to serve as high-quality educators for students in urban secondary schools. Teacher candidates will take a specified sequence of education courses in addition to fulfilling of the CUNY Common Core Requirement and the requirements of their aligned liberal arts or sciences major. Courses for this program are taken at both the undergradaute and gradaute levels. This program includes fieldwork in New York City Public schools. 


Declaring the Major

Before you can declare a School of Education major as part of your bachelor’s degree, you must complete a group interview with faculty. Signing up for an interview can be done through the School of Education website. Current Hunter students can request an interview throughout the year.

Students interested in an Education program should interview as early as is possible in the semester prior to the one in which they plan to enroll. Transfer students should seek advisement about declaring a School of Education major as soon as they have been admitted to Hunter. 

The School of Education does not accept non-degree or second-degree students. Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.

Requirements to Declare the Major

  1. Minimum of at least 60 credits but no more than 90 credits completed by the first semester in the education program.
  2. A Hunter College Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.
  3. Evidence of advanced writing ability through a review of English composition and writing intensive coursework.
  4. Formal declaration of a major in Environmental Studies Earth Science Concentration.
  5. Participation in a group interview.

Academic Progress Standards

  • Students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Any student who receives a grade of B-, C+, C or D in a course with fieldwork or student teaching must apply to the department chairperson for permission to re-register for that course, which may be repeated only once.
  • Any student who receives a grade of D in an education course will be required to repeat that course. Students are permitted to repeat a course only once.
  • Any student who receives a grade of F in any education course will not be permitted to continue in the program.
  • Take and pass both the Educating All Students test (EAS) and the appropriate Content Specialty Test (CST) of the New York State Teacher Certification Exams prior to student teaching.

Hunter Core Requirement

Courses within this major may fulfill parts of the Hunter Core Requirement (CUNY Common Core Requirement [CCCR], Concurrent Requirements). When selecting courses, it may be to a student’s advantage to choose courses that count toward the Hunter Core Requirement and also advance the student on the path to the major. Details on the Hunter Core Requirement can be found here: Hunter Core Requirement - Fall 2013 to Spring 2019  

In the case of the Environmental Studies major, the courses that meet CCCR are:

GEOL 10100 - Introductory Geology Lab  

PGEOG 13000 (STEM) - Weather and Climate  

Please note that no more than two courses from any one department will count for the CUNY Common 

Course of Study

Academic Plan: ESCAE-BAMA

Credits: 87 - 97

Earth Science Requirements (61-70 credits)

Based on placement exams or transferred courses, students may place into some more advanced Mathematics and Statistics courses without taking Hunter College pre-requisites. See the Mathematics and Statistics department for details.

2. Introductory Geography (3-4 credits)

These courses are prerequisites to PGEOG 25000. Either of these courses, or GEOG 22600 is acceptable.

5. Graduate Earth Science Courses (16 credits)

For course descriptions please see the graduate catalog.

  • PGEOG 70563 - Earth Science Today
  • GTECH 71000 - Concepts and Theories in GeoInformatics
  • PGEOG 63000 - Science and Society
  • PGEOG 66000 - Challenging Concepts in Earth Science: Using Research to Identify Common Misconceptions and Assess Student Learning
  • One elective chosen from 600- or 700-level courses with a PEGOG or GTECH prefix, 3 or 4 crs.

Students lacking a significant background in geology or earth science may be required to take PGEOG 70564 - Introducing Earth Science at the Museum of Natural History
as their elective:


Education Requirements (26-27 credits)

For course descriptions please see the graduate catalog.

  • SEDF 70300: Social Foundations of Education: Grades 7-12
  • SEDF 70400: Adolescent Development
  • SEDF 70500: Educational Psychology: Applications in Grades 7-12
  • SEDF 70600: Assessment of the Teaching and Learning Process in Grades 7-12
  • SEDC 71000: Building the Foundations of Literacy in Grades 7-12
  • SEDC 72000: Adolescent Health and Safety
  • SEDC 71300: Methods I: Advanced Study of Secondary Learning Environments for Teaching Mathematics and Science
  • SEDC 72400: Methods II: Intensive Study of Teaching Diverse Learners in Science Grades 7-12
  • SPED 70800: Teaching Students with Special Needs in Inclusive Settings
  • SEDC 75404: Student Teaching in Grades 7-12: Earth Sciences

       - or -

  • SEDC 77414 - Practicum in Earth Science, Grades 7–9

       - Plus -

  • SEDC 77424 - Practicum in Earth Science, Grades 10–12


School of Education Exit Standards

Students must meet the following criteria in order to graduate with a School of Education major or minor:

  • Have an overall GPA of at least 3.0
  • Complete the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) anti-bullying workshop.  The DASA workshop is required for all students in a NYS certification program at the School of Education. The workshop requires six clock hours of coursework or training.