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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1What is Earth Science?
Course SummaryTake Earth Science for Teachers to earn 3 college credits to apply towards your licensure renewal requirements. Learn with fun and engaging science video lessons that you can watch around your teaching schedule.
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- Detailed video explanations for wrong answers
How It Works
Earn professional development credits to renew your science teaching license with Earth Science for Teachers. Brush up on Earth science topics so you can better teach geology, meteorology, and other physical sciences. Learn on your own schedule and at your own pace. You can complete this course in under two weeks - perfect for teachers who need to earn science credits in a hurry!
1. Watch engaging video lessons about earthquakes and energy resources.
2. Check your knowledge of things like geology and weather with practice quizzes and exams.
3. Ask clarification questions from our expert science instructors.
4. Earn three college credits by taking the UExcel Earth Science exam.
Always check with your school district or state Department of Education to ensure that the course credits will be accepted before beginning the course. UExcel credits are accepted by over 2,000 schools and directly by many state departments of education.
Who's It For?
Earth Science for Teachers is ideal for any teachers looking to earn credits to use towards licensure renewal. The flexible, self-paced format makes it easy to fit your studies into a busy schedule. The course is fully online, so you can study anytime, anywhere. This course also benefits:
- Science teachers who want to brush up on Earth science
- Teachers who want to incorporate engaging Earth science videos into their instruction
- Teachers planning an Earth science unit or course
- Aspiring science teachers
Why It Works
- Fun and Engaging: Animations and interesting examples make Earth science easy to learn.
- Expert Instructors: Expert science instructors break difficult concepts down so they are easy to remember.
- Practice Makes Perfect: Quizzes and practice exams let you review Earth science terminology and key concepts and track what you've mastered.
- Quick and Flexible: Learn on your own schedule and on any device. You could earn science credits in less than two weeks.
- Access our full library of professional development courses for teachers, including Environment and Humanity for Teachers, Physical Geology for Teachers, and Biology Review for Teachers.
- Find 10,000 engaging lessons that you can use in your classroom or assign out to students.
- Watch more lessons in Earth science as well as biology, chemistry, physics, and other science topics.
- Earn transferable college credit for dozens of courses.
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Course Plan for Earning Credit in Less Than Two Weeks
Follow this course plan if you want to complete Earth Science for Teachers and be ready to earn transferable credit in less than two weeks. For each chapter assignment, take all of the lesson quizzes and the practice chapter exam at the end of each chapter. If you miss any questions, review the video lesson to master the concept.
|Day||Assignment||What You'll Learn|
|Day 1||Chapter 1 |
| Earth Science Basics (terms, the periodic table, experimental methods) |
Geologic Time (formation of the Earth's surface, radiometric dating, fossils)
|Day 2||Chapter 3||Properties of Matter (definition of elements, the composition of molecules, nuclear reactions|
|Day 3|| Chapter 4 |
|Earth's Spheres and Internal Structure (forces that shape the planet, the four spheres, the Earth's layers)|
Plate Tectonics (definition, continental drift, proof of plate tectonics)
|Day 4||Chapter 6 |
| Minerals and Rocks (definitions, types, properties) |
Igneous Rocks (definition, types, where they're found)
|Day 5|| Chapter 8 |
|Volcanoes (how they are formed, why they erupt, gases released on eruption) |
Weathering and Erosion (types of weathering, definition of soil, causes of erosion)
|Day 6|| Chapter 10 |
|Sedimentary Rocks (definition, types, origin) |
Metamorphic Rocks (definition, types, origin)
Rock Deformation and Mountain Building (types of differential stress, geological folds and faults, how mountains are formed)
|Day 7|| Chapter 13 |
| Water Balance (water cycle, solar power, evaporation and transpiration) |
Running Water (drainage basins, stream valleys, alluvial channels)
|Day 8|| Chapter 15 |
| Ground Water (role of ground water, springs, wells) |
Glaciers (definition, how they formed, impact of glaciers)
|Day 9||Chapter 17||Oceans (ocean basin, ridge system, waves)|
|Day 10||Chapter 18 |
| Coastal Hazards (why hurricanes form, harmful effects of coastal erosion, hard stabilization) |
The Atmosphere (components of the atmosphere, the atmospheric cycle, air pollution)
|Day 11||Chapter 20||Weather and Storms (difference between climate and weather, air masses, causes of tornadoes)|
|Day 12|| Chapter 21 |
| Earthquakes (definition, aftershocks, the Richter scale) |
Earth History (the Big Bang Theory, formation of the Earth and moon, the sun)
|Day 13||Chapter 23||Energy Resources (the Laws of Thermodynamics, renewable and non-renewable energy, types of energy)|
|Day 14||Final Exam||Take the practice final exam to see what you've mastered and make sure you are ready to earn credit for Earth science|
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