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- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Course SummaryReview geology, Earth science research, astronomy and other topics you'll find on the MTTC Earth/Space Science exam in our informative test prep course. These easy-to-follow text and video lessons and quizzes are designed to help you prepare to do your best on exam day.
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About This Course
If you're getting ready to sit for the MTTC Earth/Space Science teacher certification exam, check out the lessons in this study guide. We've put together a collection of professionally written lessons on the foundations of Earth science, the nature of scientific research, maps and spacial concepts and much more. In addition to these helpful lessons and quizzes, you also have access to assistance from an expert through the Dashboard if you struggle along the way.
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Syllabus & Course Information
The short videos and quizzes provided here are aligned with subjects covered on the MTTC Earth/Space Science test. These include lab safety, global water issues, and the life cycle of stars. By the time you finish this course, you should be ready to achieve the following objectives:
- Identify lab equipment and understand safety measures
- Discuss the formation of Earth's features
- Explain geologic time
- Identify the hydrosphere
- Define atmospheric science
- Detail natural resource use and water
- Describe weather conditions and climate change
- Explain the sun's structure and life cycle
- Outline the solar system and star characteristics
- Identify the laws of motion
- Discuss the origins of the universe
In 283 bite-sized lessons grouped into 37 comprehensive chapters, you have a mobile-friendly and easy-to-follow resource you can use to prepare for the MTTC Earth/Space Science exam. Each lesson is accompanied by a short quiz, and you'll also find a test with each chapter.
MTTC Earth/Space Science (020) Exam Information
The MTTC Earth/Space Science exam is one of two tests required for Michigan secondary teacher certification in this subject area.
- Number of Questions: 100 questions
- Question Type: Multiple-choice questions
- Time Limit: Two hours and 30 minutes
- Exam Cost: $130
MTTC Earth/Space Science (020) Exam Breakdown
|MTTC Earth/Space Science Exam Concept||Percent of the MTTC Earth/Space Science Exam||Approximate Number of Questions||Chapter Lessons|
|Foundations of Scientific Inquiry||20%||20 questions||37|
|Physical and Historical Geology||20%||20 questions||70|
|Oceanography and Freshwater Systems||20%||20 questions||33|
Preparing & Registering for the MTTC Earth/Space Science (020) Exam
Preparing for the MTTC Earth/Space Science exam is easy when you use the resources in this course to help manage your study time. The ten-minute video lessons are organized into short chapters you can complete at your own pace. We've also included multiple-choice lesson quizzes to help you determine how much of the material you're familiar with. Use them along with the practice final exam to track your progress and pinpoint areas that you'd like to go back and spend some extra time reviewing.
Exam registration requires you to create an account on the MTTC website. After entering your personal information, you'll be able to sign up and pay for an exam, modify your registration information, view your admission ticket and access your test scores. Regular registration deadlines fall around six weeks prior to the test date. If you miss the cutoff for the testing appointment you want, late and emergency registration deadlines are available for an extra fee.
Scoring the MTTC Earth/Space Science (020) Exam
The passing score for this MTTC exam is 220 points. You'll find out how well you did on the exam around one month after taking it.
Foundations of Scientific Inquiry
Number of questions: 20
Exam topics covered: Scientific investigation procedures, experiment design, data analysis and presentation, lab and field safety, Earth science tools and materials, measurement devices, map and chart interpretation, the historical development of scientific thought, the nature of scientific inquiry, impacts of technology on society, pollution sources, environmental conservation, common themes among scientific disciplines
What you'll study: Review topics ranging from the scientific method and experiment validity to topographic maps and lab safety techniques with video lessons designed to get you ready for test questions appearing in this content domain.
Physical and Historical Geology
Number of questions: 20
Exam topics covered: Stages in the rock cycle, Earth materials, plate tectonic theories and processes, Earth's internal structure, causes of earthquakes and volcanoes, weathering and deposition, erosion and mass wasting, soil formation, glaciation in the Great Lakes region, the geologic time scale, evolutionary trends, fossil formation, relative and numerical dating methods, use management strategies for renewable and nonrenewable geologic resources
What you'll study: Prepare for physical and historical geology test questions with chapters covering the Earth's formation and structure, continental drift, ocean formation, volcanoes, earthquakes, rock and mineral properties, weathering and geologic time.
Oceanography and Freshwater Systems
Number of questions: 20
Exam topics covered: Ocean water characteristics, features of ocean basins and ocean zones, factors influencing ocean circulation patterns, causes of waves and tides, circulation of freshwater resources, the hydrologic cycle, water movement in the Great Lakes region, groundwater infiltration and recharge, groundwater processing, characteristics of a watershed's rivers and lakes, environmental issues associated with water use, causes and effects of water pollution
What you'll study: Take another look at each stage in the water cycle and review characteristics of the Earth's oceans and freshwater resources. Lessons are also included to help you study water management issues, such as aquifer depletion, water storage and Great Lakes water pollution.
Number of questions: 20
Exam topics covered: Atmospheric layers, the electromagnetic spectrum, atmospheric processes affecting weather and climate, wind patterns, air mass and cloud formation, precipitation types, causes of severe weather, regional weather patterns, the Great Lakes' effect on weather, distribution of various climates, history and causes of climate change, ENSO climate phenomenon, methods for reducing atmospheric pollution
What you'll study: Re-examine the atmospheric processes causing various weather conditions and patterns. You can also go over the causes of global warming and strategies for mitigating the effects of climate change.
Number of questions: 20
Exam topics covered: Earth's orbit and rotation, effects of solar energy, the moon's gravitational pull, characteristics of various space objects, the physics of planetary motion, theories on the solar system's origin, life cycles and types of stars, star temperature and magnitude, star composition, black holes and star clusters, galaxy characteristics, theories on the origin of the universe, space exploration, prominent figures in the history of astronomy, uses of telescopes and space crafts
What you'll study: Take another look at the effects of the sun and moon on Earth alongside characteristics of stars, planets, asteroids and comets. Lessons also review Kepler's and Newton's laws of motion as well as the theories used to explain the origin of the universe.
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