College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences2021-2022

School of Earth and Sustainability

Secondary Education - Earth Science, Bachelor of Science in Education

Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement
The NAUTeach program is a challenging undergraduate course of study solely designed to prepare mathematics and science teachers for grades 6-12. The program emphasizes the pre-service teacher’s ability to develop research-based pedagogy through a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) focused, field intensive, rigorous curriculum. This allows undergraduate students to be highly supported by faculty who specialize in mathematics and science education research and Master Teachers that have years of professional classroom experience. Our program is designed for students with strong skills in mathematics or science seeking certification to teach biology, chemistry, physics, Earth sciences, general science, or mathematics at the secondary level.
The NAUTeach program, modeled after the successful UTeach program at the University of Texas, provides opportunities for you to:

  • graduate in four years. Students earn a Bachelor of Science in education in their field of study.
  • earn dual degrees. Students have the ability to earn degrees both in specific fields of science or mathematics and in teaching science or math. 
  • have early classroom teaching immersion. Students are in the K-12 mathematics or science classroom teaching and observing from the first semester and throughout the NAUTeach program to prepare for their capstone student teaching experience. 
  • work cooperatively in a STEM focused center. Course of study partnered with the department of Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and Physics.
  • experience “student-centered” instruction. Course structure supports deep student understanding of concepts related to teaching, science, and mathematics.
  • develop numerous STEM based lessons and a full STEM based unit. Students teach numerous STEM lessons and a STEM unit at local secondary schools, which build towards a capstone student teaching experience that utilizes the full range of skills and experiences.
  • engage in educational dialogue and planning. Students plan lessons that promote deep content knowledge, analytical reasoning, creative thought and use of appropriate teaching strategies.
  • use technology to enhance learning. Students experience technology throughout NAUTeach courses and develop lessons that model technology use in 6-12 classrooms.
  • earn scholarships, internships and loan forgiveness. Numerous financial opportunities exist for secondary mathematics and science education majors.
  • inspire future scientists, engineers, and mathematicians to change the world. Visit Teachers who inspired great scientists to see how teachers change the world.
Student Learning Outcomes

Outcomes align with Standards from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, the National Science Teachers Association, and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium
  • Design instruction that develops all students’ abilities to meet academic standards
  • Reflect on teaching practices including the creation of a classroom environment based on respect and rapport that fosters a positive climate for learning, equity, and excellence.
  • Create and maintain a learning climate that supports the development of all students’ abilities to meet academic standards.
  • Implement and manage instruction that develops all students’ abilities to meet academic standards.
  • Assess learning and communicate results to all students, parents and other appropriate professionals with respect to all students’ abilities to meet academic standards.
  • Collaborate with colleagues, parents the community and other appropriate agencies to design, implement, and support learning that supports all students’ abilities to meet academic standards.
  • Review and evaluate personal performance in order to improve teaching practices through reflection.
  • Develop and nurture current professional knowledge of the teaching/learning process.
  • Provide evidence of student learning through the design and implementation of instruction that makes use of effective communication techniques, is based on student prior knowledge, actively engages students in the learning process, and provides timely high-quality feedback.
  • Reflect on the roles and responsibilities and adhere to legal and ethical requirements of the profession.
  • In collaboration with other professionals, participate in the design, implementation, and assessment of individual education programs.
  • Provide evidence of meeting the Arizona Professional Teaching Standards by taking the AEPA Secondary Professional Knowledge exam.
  • Core Knowledge in Earth Sciences:
    • Characteristics of land, atmosphere, and ocean systems on Earth
    • Properties, measurement, and classification of Eath materials
    • Changes in the Earth including land formation and erosion
    • Geochemical cycles including biotic and abiotic systems
    • Energy flow and transformation in Earth Systems
    • Hydrological features of the Earth
    • Patterns and changes in the atmosphere, weather, and climate
    • Origin, evolution, and planetary behaviors of Earth
    • Orgin, evolution, and properties of the universe
    • Fundamental processes of investigating in the Earth and space sciences
    • Sources and limits of natural resources
    • Applications of Earth and space sciences to environmental quality and to personal and community health and welfare
  • Advanced Competencies in Earth Sciences
    • Gradual and catastrphic changes in the Earth
    • Oceans and their relationship to changes in atmosphere and climate
    • Hydrological cycles and problems of distribution and use of water
    • Dating of the Earth and other objects in the universe
    • Structures and interactions of energy and matter in the universe
    • Impact of changes in the Earth on the evolution and distribution of living things
    • Issues related to chagnes in Earth Systems such as global climate change, mine subsidence, and channeling waterways
    • Historical development and perspectives, including contributions of significant figures and underrepresented groups, and the evolution of theories in the Earth and space sciences
    • How to design, conduct, and report research in the Earth and space sciences
  • General Supporting Competencies
    • Biology: Evolution; Ecology; Population dynamics; Flow of energy; Flow of materials through Earth systems
    • Chemistry: Broad concepts of organic and inorganic chemistry; Basic laboratory techniques of organic and inorganic chemistry
    • Physics: Electricity; Force and motion; Energy; Magnetism; Thermodynamics; Optics; Sound
    • Mathematics: Statistics; Probability


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