University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Earth and Space Science

Science Education

Earth and Space Science:Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Instructional I Certificate, or MOSAIC

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You must have the following academic and education prerequisites completed prior to beginning the program in the Fall term.

Requires a minimum of 38 credits of college-level coursework in Earth & Space Science or related fields (e.g. Physics, Geochemistry, etc.).

At least 9 credits must be upper level courses (targeted for Junior or Senior year students) and/or research internships.

Academic Prerequisites

Required Courses

Prerequisite Credits
General Chemistry I (with Lab) -
General Chemistry II (with Lab) -
Introduction to Physics I (with lab) -
Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1
(not included in 38 credit total)

Additional Coursework

Evidence of coursework (or equivalent academic or professional experiences) in the following areas is also required. Please note that single courses may satisfy multiple areas, if evidence can be provided and approved (e.g. a course that substantially addresses both the areas of Physical Geology and Geological Laboratory Techniques). Independent Studies and/or Junior / Senior Seminars that substantially address any of these areas may also be submitted for potential approval. Professional and/or research experiences in these areas may also be considered (e.g. work as a Land Surveyor may be considered substantial coverage in one or more of these areas).

Prerequisite Credits
Astronomy -
Physical Geology -
Historical Geology -
Oceanography -
Earth Systems Science or Meteorology -
Environmental Science -
Geological Laboratory Techniques -

Education Prerequisites (6 credits required)

Prerequisite Credits
Foundations of Special Education
Required for all applicants
Teaching English Language Learners
Required for MOSAIC and MSW/CAST applicants only.