Earth Science Cohort

2018-2020 Earth Science Cohort

MSSST is an M.S. Program for current in-service secondary science teachers. By participating in content-specific cohorts, teachers develop in-depth content knowledge, pedagogical techniques, and leadership skills. In addition to rigorous coursework, key program elements include targeted professional development and a capstone 8-week summer research experience. The MSSST 2018-2020 cohort will focus on the content and skills in the Utah SEEd Standards for middle school, and will also provide in-depth training for those teaching (or hoping to teach) 9th grade Earth Systems and AP Environmental Science.

The application period for the 2018-2020 Earth Science Cohort is now closed. This cohort will begin classes in June, 2018.

**Due to generous support from the College of Geology and Geophysics, teachers can count on a MAXIMUM out-of-pocket tuition cost of $3,000 for the entire program (distributed over 2.5 years), with likely additional scholarship opportunities to support research experiences.**


Program Structure

  • 2.5 year degree program with ~34 credits of course and project work
  • Program begins June 2018 and ends December 2020
  • 2 to 3 intensive courses during Summers of 2018 and 2019
  • Summer 2018 course dates/times: June 11-29, 8am-5pm
  • 1 evening course per semester through academic years 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 from 4:30-7:30pm either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evening, depending upon instructor availability
  • Monthly support and professional development seminars
  • 8 week summer research experience in 2020
  • Research project completion and presentation, Fall 2020
Benefits to teachers in the Earth Science cohort include:

  • MS degree in Earth Science with an emphasis in Teaching
  • Coursework in chemistry, geology, geophysics, ecology, astronomy, and atmospheric science
  • Evening/Summer class schedules designed specifically for teachers
  • Lab and field-based research opportunities
  • Reduced and/or highly subsidized tuition rates
  • Coursework aligns with criteria for Earth Science, Physical Science, and Environmental Science endorsements for teachers with USBE prerequisites

Applicants must:

  • Have a BS degree in a STEM field
  • Be currently licensed and teaching in a STEM field in Utah
  • Have three years of prior K-12 teaching experience (teachers with fewer may apply, but slight preference may be given to veteran teachers, as we respect the grueling reality of early teaching years)
  • Have completed 1 course in General Chemistry and 1 course in Physics

Contact Jessica Dwyer ( for more information

Click here to download the Earth Science Cohort information flyer.

Click here for a tentative Program of Study.