Secondary Education: Earth Science

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Secondary Education: Earth Science?

Our Secondary Education minor is a component of the teaching option within Geology. This minor fulfills state requirements to teach Earth Sciences in grades 9 through 12. As a Secondary Education student, you will learn how to plan lessons. Our program will teach you how to assess the strengths and weaknesses of your students. You'll practice strategies on how to help students overcome specific learning challenges. If you’re interested in this program, you’ll apply to the Geology major. Once you’ve completed most of your major requirements, you’ll apply into the Secondary Education minor. This is usually by the end of your sophomore year.

Career Options

  • Kindergarten and Elementary School Teacher
  • High School (Secondary) Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Postsecondary Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Elementary, Middle and High School Principal

Post-Graduation Success1

84% employed or continuing education

54% employed after graduation

29% attending graduate school

1% volunteering

$51,527 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Epic Systems, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Allstate Insurance Company View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

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Annual Program Costs3

Tuition has not yet been determined for this program.