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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Geology 305 Competencies

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Astronomy-related Competencies for the
Minnesota Board of Teaching's Rules
Relating to Teacher Licensing:
Geology 305: Earth Science for Elementary Educators – 2 cr

In 1999, the Minnesota Board of Teaching adopted a new set of rules relating to teacher licensure in Minnesota, effective September 1, 2001. Licensure in each teaching area is now linked to a set of competencies, which must be addressed in the courses taken by teaching majors. This page presents the astronomy-related competencies covered by Geology 305: Earth Science for Elementary Educators at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The Astronomy-related Competencies for Geology 305:


Subp. 3. Subject matter standards, elementary education. A candidate must complete a preparation program for licensure under subpart 2, item C, that must include the candidate's demonstration of the knowledge and skills in items A to G and in at least one of subpart 4, items A to F.
E. A teacher of children in kindergarten through grade 6 must demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of scientific perspectives, scientific connections, science in personal and social perspectives, the domains of science, and the methods and materials for teaching science and scientific inquiry. The teacher must:
(7) know and apply the fundamental concepts and principles of earth and space science concerning properties of earth materials; objects in the sky; changes in earth and sky; structure of the earth system, including hydrosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, and lithosphere; history of the earth; and earth in the solar system; (G305)

A text designed specifically to cover the astronomy-related competencies in Geology 305 is Elementary Astronomy by Pierce (2000).