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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Geology 310 Competencies

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Astronomy-related Competencies for the
Minnesota Board of Teaching's Rules
Relating to Teacher Licensing:
Geology 310: Earth and Space Systems – 3 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 310: Earth and Space Systems at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The Astronomy-related Competencies for Geology 310:

8710.4750 TEACHERS OF SCIENCE

Subp. 3. Subject matter standards for science in grades five through eight. A candidate for licensure as a teacher of science in grades 5 through 8 must complete a preparation program under subpart 2, item C, that must include the candidate's demonstration of the knowledge and skills in items A to E.
D. A teacher of science must be able to understand and apply fundamental principles, laws, and concepts of earth and space science, life science, and physical science. The teacher of science must:
(1) know and apply the fundamental principles, laws and concepts of earth and space science including understanding:
(c) the Earth in the solar system and the universe as evidenced by the ability to:
ii. explain qualitatively, using fundamental processes of chemical, physical, and geological change, how processes of change on a given solar system object are different or similar to Earth; (G310)
iii. describe, using words, diagrams, and physical models, the motion of objects in our solar system; (G310) and
Subp. 5. Subject matter standards for teachers of earth and space science. A candidate for licensure as a teacher of earth and space science in grades 9 through 12 must complete a preparation program under subpart 2, item C, that must include the candidate's demonstration of the knowledge and skills in items A to C.
B. A teacher must demonstrate knowledge of earth and space science concepts. The teacher must:
(5) understand the Earth in the solar system as evidenced by the ability to:
(a) describe, with words, chemical formulas, drawings, scaled diagrams, and numerical orders of magnitude, the mass, size, and composition for a given solar system object; (G310)
(b) explain and predict, using geologic and climatic stability, availability of nutrients, and atmospheric parameters, the suitability for life for a given planetary description; (G310)
(c) explain and predict quantitatively and qualitatively, using Newton's laws of motions and gravitation and conservation of momentum, the motion of the bodies of a given solar system; (G310)
(d) explain, with words, diagrams, and models using orbital paths and relative sizes of solar system objects, the locationally dependent observation of solar and lunar eclipses and phases of the moon for a given simple solar system; (G310)