This 27-credit undergraduate certificate is available only to students pursuing a BS in Earth Science. Students who complete both the BS in Earth Science and this undergraduate certificate will be considered Virginia state-approved educator preparation program completers and will be eligible for recommendation for an initial VA teaching license in Secondary Education (6-12) Earth Science.

This certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.


Students applying for this undergraduate certificate as a secondary program must have satisfied the following requirements:

  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • passing scores on the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) prescribed entry assessment
  • an official College of Education and Human Development review of discipline-specific content competencies coursework
    (note: a minimum grade of C (2.00) must have been attained in such coursework completed at Mason).

See website for more information on the admissions process.

Prior to application for internship, students are required to complete all discipline-specific content competency requirements, pass licensure assessments, and have earned a grade of B (3.00) or better in all licensure coursework.

Banner Code: E1-CERB-SEES

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 27

Discipline-Specific Content Competencies Coursework

Coursework is additional to discipline-specific content competencies coursework satisfied with the core requirements of the major, with a total of 32 credits from the four fields of Geology, Astronomy, Oceanography, and Meteorology.

Select four credits from the following:4
Astronomy (Mason Core) 1
Introductory Astronomy: The Solar System (Mason Core)
Introductory Astronomy Lab: The Solar System (Mason Core)
Introductory Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe (Mason Core)
Introductory Astronomy Lab: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe (Mason Core)
Finding New Worlds (Mason Core)
Total Credits4

This course must also be paired with either of the following labs: ASTR 112 Introductory Astronomy Lab: The Solar System (Mason Core) or ASTR 114 Introductory Astronomy Lab: Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe (Mason Core).

Teacher Licensure Coursework

EDCI 473Teaching Science in the Secondary School3
EDCI 483Advanced Methods of Teaching Science in Secondary School3
EDCI 490Student Teaching in Education (Mason Core)6
EDCI 491Internship Seminar in Secondary Training2
EDRD 419Literacy in the Content Areas3
EDUC 372Human Development, Learning, and Teaching (Mason Core)3
EDUC 422Foundations of Secondary Education3
Total Credits23