Earth and Space Science

Earth-space science is a broad course of study that draws from many disciplines – including physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics – to build a comprehensive understanding of how the earth, its systems and the cosmos in which it exists all work. Teachers in this content area help learners in grades 9-12 understand our home planet and its environment in space. Teachers also earn an endorsement in general science, qualifying them to teach in grades 5-8. In this program, you will:

  • Gain the knowledge and skills to have a positive impact on students in the K-12 classroom
  • Become part of a supportive network of fellow students, alumni and faculty that will inspire and sustain you throughout your career
  • Learn from expert faculty currently active in the K-12 classroom who are here to help you shape your path to your own classroom

What you can earn

Where you will learn

  • On campus (Minneapolis)



When to start

Enroll in Fall, Spring or Summer terms.

 License & MA

License: 28+

MA:        34+


For the License:

TEGR 510   Education's Place in Society
TEGR 511   Field Experience I: Exploration
TEGR 512   Diverse Learners and Families
TEGR 530   Psychology for Teaching and Learning
TEGR 532   Field Experience II: Learning & Teaching
SPED 750   Survey of Exceptionality
TEGR 518   Curriculum & Instruction: (5-12) Science
TEGR 544   Field Experience III: Curriculum & Instruction
TEGR 585   Reading for the 5-12 Teacher
CIED 551   Technology for Instruction
TEGR 660   Clinical Practice & Seminar: Student Teaching
9-12 Earth & Space Requirements (if not taken as undergraduate)
5-8 General Science Requirements (if not taken as undergraduate)

For the MA (add the following):

CIED 500   Principles of Educational Research
3 credits of Electives

Full course catalog with descriptions


Find current course offerings

Below is the coursework needed to fulfill Earth/Space Science (9-12) with General Science (5-8) licensure requirements in Minnesota.  Coursework is included in your program of study.  You may have completed some of these requirements as an undergraduate.  Our admissions team will help you to determine which requirements if any are met via the transcript review process.

9-12 Earth/Space Science Requirements

5-8 General Science Requirements

One of the following:

BIOL 101   General Biology (or the sequence BIOL 207 208 209)

GEOL 115   Environmental Geology

CHEM 100   Chemistry in Our World (or CHEM 111)

GEOL 111   Introductory Physical Geology

GEOL 111   Intro Physical Geology

GEOL 114   The Science of Natural Disasters

PHYS 101   Physics for Liberal Arts I (or 109/110 or 111/112)

GEOL 162   The Earth's Record of Climate

PHYS 104   Astronomy





GEOL 211   Earth Materials


GEOL 252   Earth Surface Processes and Geomorphology


GEOL 260   Regional Geology and Geological Field Methods


GEOL 320   Sedimentology and Stratigraphy


GEOL 340   Fundamentals of the Lithosphere I (Petrology)


GEOL 360   Fundamentals of the Lithosphere II (Structural Geol)


GEOL 460 or 491   Advanced Field Geology or Research


PHYS 104   Astronomy


Plus either:


MATH 113 OR   Calculus


MATH 108/109   Calculus with Review I and Calculus w/ Review II



  1. Candidates for this degree have:
    • A Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • A cumulative minimum undergraduate G.P.A. of 3.0 (4.0 scale). If below 3.0, please reference our special admissions policy.
  2. Submit the following application materials:
    • Application form
    • Two positive letters of reference from non-related individuals
    • Official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (unless that work was completed at the University of St. Thomas)
      • Submit transcripts to: Graduate Admissions, University of St. Thomas, Box 5, 1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403
    • Personal statement.
  3. Submit the supplementary materials:
    • Initial Licensure: MTLE Basic Skills required by the end of an initial teacher licensure candidate's first semester of coursework.
    • Official test score
      • Each of our programs uses an assessment to assist in making admissions decisions. Specific requirements can be found here.
      • If you have questions regarding this requirement, please email us directly at
    • International Applicants:
    1. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English.
    2. Transcript Review: All international transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation service to determine U.S. equivalency of the degree awarded and the institution awarding the degree. Applications will not be reviewed for admissions until the official review is submitted.

Ongoing Professional Development

Whether networking with leaders in the field of education reform, acquiring new tools to identify early warning signs of mental illness in your classroom, or simply catching up on the latest offerings in children’s literature, annual events and conferences in the College of Education, Leadership & Counseling offer a variety of networking and professional development opportunities. Most events include a CEU component.


Mentored Clinical Practice

The dedicated faculty and staff in the Teacher Education program will work with you to ensure that your clinical practice experience (student teaching) will meet your needs and facilitate your growth, both personally and professionally. Throughout your time student teaching, regularly scheduled seminars with faculty and peers offer the opportunity to form a strong professional network as you prepare to enter the field.


Community Partnerships

The College of Education, Leadership & Counseling takes pride in engaging in innovative partnerships with a variety of organizations. Students in the College of Education, Leadership & Counseling will find many opportunities for professional growth as a result of working these organizations. Partnership examples include the Northwest Suburban Integration District, Center for Academics and Sports, FAIR School and the Collaborative Urban Educators program.