Master of Education in Earth Sciences

In collaboration with the Dutton e-Education Institute and the World Campus, Penn State's Department of Geosciences offers an instructor-led online Master of Education in Earth Sciences program for secondary science teachers.

The Master of Education in Earth Sciences degree program includes 21 required credits (7 courses) and a minimum of 9 elective credits to comprise the 30-credit degree program.

The courses that make up the M.Ed. in Earth Sciences program are offered during the 15-week Spring and Fall semesters, as well as the 12-week Summer semester.

Please follow the links to the right to learn more about our program!

Our Master of Education in Earth Sciences program ranked 2nd in online science education degree programs

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"One of the best aspects of this program is the emphasis on the sciences."

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Where we are!

This map plots the locations of current students and alums of the M.Ed. in Earth Sciences program

locations of current and former students in the M.Ed. in ESprogram

Recent Program Highlights!


Cory Wees, Eliza Richardson and Sharon DykhoffWinter 2016 graduates Cory Wees (left) and Sharon Dykhoff (right) are pictured with Professor Eliza Richardson (Penn State) during their visit to University Park for their graduation ceremony. 



Jennifer Williams (Penn State) and Sharon Dykhoff at the CUAHSI Biennial MeetingSharon Dykhoff developed a lesson “The Case of the Muddy Water” as part of her capstone project that has been published and made available by the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI). The unit is intended for introductory-level undergraduate students in hydrology, environmental sciences, geology, and earth sciences. Using available data, the objective is to introduce the potential impacts of natural gas extraction through data analysis. This lesson came from Sharon's involvement with data-driven education research through the TeenShale Network Project. Pictured is Penn State's Jennifer Williams (left) and Sharon Dykhoff (right).

Lauren Smith participated in a NSF Research Experience for Teachers that led her to present her work at the CUASHI Biennial Meeting and PSTA Conference in 2016. Her poster “Critical Zone Science: Creating an Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching Science in Secondary Schools using NGSS” describes the use of Virtual Field Experiences to walk students through why a place looks the way it does using the interdisciplinary field of Critical Zone Science.

Past Highlights

Four students traveled to the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco in December 2013 to present their research projects. Greg Collins and Art Mina presented a poster in a seismology session in which they discussed their observation that regions where slow slip has been observed in subduction zones also produce fewer than normal aftershock sequences when ordinary earthquakes occur there.

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richardson mcguire august 2013 poster

Katona Miller and Katrina Bullock presented a poster in an education session in which they showed off the educational materials they created and taught to their own students based on our group's recent research regarding the nature of slow slip events in subduction zones.

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Did you know...

...that the National Science Teachers Association has a position statement regarding online learning? See "The Role of E-Learning in Science Education"