Why study Geology BA/Earth Sciences Adolescent Education EdM at UB?
The Earth Science Education program is an accelerated, combined degree program that leads to a Geology BA and an Earth Science Education EdM in five years.
The Department of Geological Sciences offers an up-to-date curriculum designed to train students to be employable earth and environmental scientists. Most courses comprise both lecture and laboratory environments, where students have hands-on access to geological specimens and state-of-the-art analytical tools to study them. The coursework in the first three years of the program will provide deep knowledge of geology making students content experts. In addition, select education courses that include experiential components give students opportunity to experience the nuances of the teaching profession. The graduate portion of the program will continue to build understanding of geology as well as providing the skills to become an effective teacher. The final year in the program includes a one-year residency that allows students to co-teach alongside an expert teacher, and to experience the inner workings of the classroom from fall setup to end-of-year grading prepares students to enter the teaching profession with expertise and confidence.
Students in the combined program will complete the learning outcomes of the Geological Sciences BA. In addition, graduates of the program will:
- Demonstrate subject-specific content expertise that supports effective teaching in the field.
- Create inclusive learning environments to meet individual differences in a caring, culturally responsive, and professional manner.
- Construct relevant and rigorous curricula that include critical assessment of student learning outcomes.
- Design, develop, and evaluate learning experiences that maximize the use of digital and interactive technologies.
- Promote the application of research and evidence based practices in diverse settings throughout their teaching careers.
- Remain intellectually curious, continually updating their knowledge and skills to ensure ongoing excellence in teaching.
The Learning Environment
Courses in the Department of Geology are focused on the latest concepts in Earth and environmental science with the goal of training the next generation. Introductory courses are typically in large lecture settings with an independent, smaller laboratory course. All remaining class sizes range from 20 to 50 students, most of which involve a hands-on laboratory component.
Most undergraduate education classes in the Department of Learning and Instruction enroll between 18-24 students while graduate courses enroll between 10 – 18 students. Education courses are offered on campus as well as online. These small class sizes create an intimate learning environment where students have more opportunity to ask questions, contribute to discussions and get to know professors and peers. In the final year of the program, one-year placements as teachers in residence will provide comprehensive learning opportunities in a real grade 5-12 classroom setting.
About Our Facilities
A variety of teaching and research equipment is available to students enrolled in the geology program. A computer facility within the departmental space is used during many laboratory sections. Our earth materials classroom contains modular student work spaces with state-of-the-art microscopes and other equipment commonly used for mineralogy, petrology and geological specimen preparation, and a sedimentary laboratory is fully stocked with research-grade equipment for analyzing a variety of material properties.
All faculty and administrative offices, advisement, and most classrooms in the Department of Learning and Instruction are located in Baldy Hall. A small selection of classes are scheduled in other locations on UB North Campus. Clinical experiences are embedded throughout the program and are embedded in WNY region PreK-12 schools.
About Our Faculty
There are fourteen full-time faculty members and usually one or two part-time instructors in the department. We also have numerous adjunct, research and emeritus professors. Faculty members have extensive research experience and well-established international reputations. Dr. Charles E. Mitchell received the Milton Plesur Teaching Award, which is presented by the UB Student Association and he has also received the rank of SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor.
Learning and Instruction distinguished faculty researchers are thought leaders and innovators. They share a commitment to mentor students to become leaders in the profession, influencing schools and communities. Our faculty pride themselves in applying knowledge that is based in theory and informed by research done in environments that promote examination of issues across boundaries. The experiences of our faculty help to instill an intellectual curiosity and encourage critical inquiry in students.
Faculty List Directory
Please visit the Department of Geology website and the Learning and Instruction website for additional information about our faculty.
Employment opportunities exist as New York State and other states nationwide are facing current and future teacher shortages. Program graduates will be equipped to find professional employment in public, private, and charter schools as teachers in grades 5-12. Graduates also may find career opportunities as educators, consultants, and researchers in public and private industry, as well as government agencies.
Academic advising within the Department of Geology is typically handled by a designated faculty member who maintains an open door policy. A popular feature of the Department’s academic advising strategy is Advisement Week when the advisor meets with every student in the department just prior to registration for the following term. During these appointments, student success factors, student records, courses completed and yet-to-complete are discussed, as well as upcoming internship and research opportunities.
Academic Advising Contact Information
The Director of Undergraduate Studies, Jason Briner, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To schedule education coursework advisement, contact:
306 Baldy Hall
Academic Advisor, Teacher Education Institute