About this Program

The earth science education concentration in the Ocean & Earth Sciences B.S. degree is designed for students interested in teaching earth science in secondary schools. This program meets the requirements for teacher licensure in Virginia as established by the Virginia Board of Education licensure regulations.

Program Highlights

  • The combination of classroom learning and hand-on training (including one semester as a student teacher in a local high school) provides students with the necessary skills to teach earth science at the secondary school level directly after graduating from college

AT A GLANCE
Degree Level
Undergraduate
Degree Earned
Bachelor of Science
Concentration
Earth Science Education
Delivery Modes
On-Campus

Careers

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Teach courses in forestry and conservation science. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

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Environmental Science Teachers, Postsecondary

$87,660 Median Salary

Teach courses in environmental science. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Requirements

What are the requirements to apply for Earth Science Education at ODU?
Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Earth Science Education should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.
  • Students must first declare the Ocean and Earth Science major, Earth science education concentration with the chief departmental advisor.

  • All students must apply for and be admitted into the approved earth science teacher preparation program.

  • Students must meet the required criteria for admission by passing the Virginia Board of Education prescribed assessments and earn the minimum required grade point averages (GPA).

  • Old Dominion University students seeking admission to an approved teacher education program must satisfy the Virginia Board of Education Required Assessment for Admission to an Approved Teacher Education Program. This requirement can be satisfied by meeting a passing score in one of the selected criteria (right)

  • For the most current information on the prescribed Virginia Board of Education admission assessment, visit the Teacher Education Services website, http://www.odu.edu/tes and review the Teacher Education Handbook.

For Admission to the Earth Science Education Program

PRAXIS

Passing Praxis I composite score of 532 by December 31, 2013; or Passing Praxis Core Academic Skills Tests beginning January 1, 2014: Reading Score of 156, Writing Score of 162, and Mathematics Score of 150, or, Praxis I Math test score of 178 by December 31, 2013 and a composite Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (hereafter referred to as the VCLA) score of 470; or Praxis Core Academic Skills Mathematics test score of 150 beginning January 1, 2014 and a VCLA score of 470; 

SAT

SAT score of 1000 with at least 450 verbal and 510 mathematics taken prior to April 1, 1995; or SAT score of 1100 with at least 530 verbal and 530 mathematics taken after April 1, 1995 and before March 2016; or SAT score of 1170 with at least 580 evidence-based reading and writing and 560 mathematics taken after March 1, 2016, or SAT Mathematics test score of at least 510 taken prior to April 1, 1995 and a VCLA score of 470; or SAT Mathematics test score of at least 530 taken after April 1, 1995 and a composite VCLA score of 470; or SAT Mathematics test score of at least 560 taken after March 1, 2016 and a composite VCLA score of 470; or

ACT

ACT composite score of 21 with ACT mathematics score of at least 21, and ACT English plus Reading score of at least 37, taken prior to April 1, 1995; or ACT composite score of 24 with ACT mathematics score of at least 22, and ACT English plus Reading score of at least 46, taken after April 1, 1995, or ACT Mathematics test score of at least 21 taken prior to April 1, 1995 and a composite VCLA score of 470; or ACT Mathematics test score of at least 22 taken after April 1, 1995 and a composite VCLA score of 470. Note:  ACT scores taken prior to 1989 are not valid.

Transfer

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Cost

Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Non-Resident
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

Ways to Save

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Contact

Assistant Professor; Chief Departmental Advisor

345 OCEANOGRAPHY & PHYSICS BLDG
NORFOLK, 23529