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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geoscience - Earth Science (Teaching) (ESCT) - BT Major

98-105 S.H. (no minor required)

2.50 GPA required.

C grade or better required in GEOS 235 and above.

Letter grade required in all major courses unless otherwise noted.


The Geoscience Department, in cooperation with other science departments and the College of Education, has developed a Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB)-approved program.  Students should be aware that the program described below may continue to change as PELSB considers changes to the Science Licensure programs. Students will need to work closely with their academic advisor to ensure that they will be able to graduate with a PELSB-approved degree.

Successful completion of the Earth Science Teaching program will enable a student to apply for licensure in 9-12 Earth & Space Science and 5-8 General Science upon achieving passing scores on the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examination (MTLE) basic skills, content, and pedagogy tests.

This major meets Minnesota teacher certification requirements. Wisconsin certification requires minor modifications. Students preparing for certification in other states should consult with the department to learn of any additional modifications. Teaching majors must apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program before they can enroll in Professional Education Sequence courses. Teaching majors must take all courses in the Professional Education Sequence in addition to the courses in the content area listed below. Be aware that some of these courses need to be taken together.

Earth Talks Speaker Series (6x)

Enrollment with a passing (P) grade required 6x unless excused by department chair. Course is required each semester any GEOS major course is taken.

Additional Required Courses (30-36 S.H.)

Teacher Education Licensure Program Information

Students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Unit before taking Professional Education courses. This process is competitive; the number of students admitted each semester is limited. Admission is based on grades (2.75 GPA), passing Basic Skills Exams and other measures. For more information on this Admission process, visit the Teacher Education Program Admissions page.

All Winona State University Teacher Education Licensure Programs  are continuously updated to reflect new licensure requirements from the Minnesota Board of Teaching. Please contact your program advisor for the latest information about program requirements whether you are (1) applying to a teacher education program, or (2) currently enrolled in a teacher education program.

Professional Education Sequence (36 S.H.)

Note: Teacher education majors must complete all Professional Education Sequence courses in addition to content area courses. Refer to Teacher Education Licensure Programs  for more information.


  • EDFD 401 and 461 must be taken concurrently
  • EDFD 421 and 441 must be taken concurrently
  • EDFD 459 and 462 must be taken concurrently

Other Requirements

In addition to the above course requirements, all students must demonstrate that they have:

  • Judged a local, regional, or state science fair
  • Worked as a departmental teaching assistant or peer tutor in geoscience


◎ = Oral Intensive

◆ = Math/Critical Analysis Intensive

△ = Writing Intensive

✽ = Physical Development and Wellness Graduation Requirement

= Civic Engagement and Service Learning