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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Secondary Education - Earth and Space Science (B.S.Ed.)

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Program: B.S.Ed.
School of Education  
College of Professional Studies

Neff Hall 250 ~ 260-481-4146

The B.S.Ed. in secondary education-earth and space science is intended to prepare students for successful careers as science teachers of youth in middle school/junior high and high school settings.  Upon satisfactory completion of the program, and the other requirements listed under Teacher Licensure in the Special Academic Regulations, you are eligible to apply for an Indiana teaching license.  These requirements are subject to change based upon program and state regulations.

To earn the B.S.Ed. in secondary education-earth and space science, you must satisfy the requirements of Purdue University Fort Wayne (Regulations ) and the College of Professional Studies.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of a major in Secondary Education-Earth and Space Science students will:

  • Become more caring, humane and functional citizens in a global, multicultural, democratic society 
  • Improve the human condition by creating positive learning environments
  • Become change agents by demonstrating reflective professional practice
  • Solve client problems through clear, creative analyses
  • Assess client performance, creating and executing effective teaching, counseling, and educational leadership by utilizing a variety of methodologies reflecting current related research
  • Utilize interdisciplinary scholarship, demonstrating technology and critical literacies, and effectively communicating with all stakeholders.


  • The Secondary Education Earth and Space Science program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (currently seeking reaccreditation via the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation [CAEP]) and nationally recognized as high-quality programs through the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).  Because of these statuses, students who meet specified requirements are eligible for a secondary teaching license in Earth and Space Science in the state of Indiana.  Indiana holds reciprocal licensing agreements with other states.

Program Delivery:

  • This program is available on campus

Declaring This Major:

  • You must declare this major with the School of Education

General Education Requirements Credits: 34

 General Education Requirements   

Some of the following General Education courses may be included in your major.  See your Education advisor.

Category A: Foundational Intellectual Skills

1. Written Communication

2. Speaking and Listening

3. Quantitative Reasoning

Category B: Interdisciplinary or Creative Ways of Knowing

5. Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing

6. Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing

  • (at least 3 credits and all outcomes in approved courses)

7. Interdisciplinary or Creative Ways of Knowing

Category C: Capstone

8. Capstone Experience

  • (at least 3 credits and all outcomes in approved courses)

Education: Credits: 33

Pre-Professional Education (3 cr)

Prior to being admitted to the Block 1: Professional Education program you must complete the following Pre-Professional Education requirements:

  • Pearson Basic Skills Assessment or alternative measure (see your advisor for approved alternatives)

Block 1: Professional Education Cr. 9 (Spring only)

P: Pre-Professional Education
P: 28 crs in major

Student Teaching (12 cr)

P: Block 2
P: Take Pearson Content Exam

Earth and Space Science Major Courses: Credits: 36

The following courses also count in General Education:  ASTR 10000, ASTR 26400, CHM 11500, GEOG 10900, MA 15300 and PHIL 35100.

Elective Courses Credits: 17

Note: Since teaching opportunities are limited if you only hold certification in Earth and Space Science, it is strongly recommended that you use your elective credits toward the completion of a minor in another science content area or Mathematics.

Total Credits: 120

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies, and procedures governing your academic career.  All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.

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