Jun 29-Aug 07, 2020
Credit: 1 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $278.50
Instructor(s): Suzanna Soileau

Course Description

Registration begins on March 23rd - register for CRN 11162.
In this online course we will investigate our landforms and the processes that shaped some of the most prominent landmarks and features across the country. To do this, we will look at a variety of landscapes and investigate how they came to look like they do. Through hands-on labs, we will model landforms and encourage sharing and discussions of additional teaching ideas in this course. The principles you learn will increase your confidence in teaching science in general as well as landforms in particular.

By taking this course, students will:

  • Articulate the mechanisms behind the development of mountains, volcanoes, valleys, hills, and coastal areas through geologic processes.
  • Apply the portfolio of activities they developed in the course to enhance elementary student curriculum through hands on experiential learning of landform science.
  • Develop landform science activities that illustrate the broader relationship to other earth sciences, as well multidisciplinary opportunities in art, history, civics, etc.
  • Use and demonstrate creative and critical thinking skills when addressing potential barriers to implementing landform science in their classroom.
  • Evaluate K-6 student comprehension of landform science through a variety of assessment tools and techniques.
  • Value the network/community of practice developed through in-class sharing and discussions of teaching ideas and approaches to landform study.
Each week’s work will include text reading assignments, participatory lab activities, participation/evaluation exchange in on-line discussions, and written homework assignments.

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers log into the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend 5 - 7 hours each week while the course is in session, either online or offline working on course related assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this fast paced 1 credit graduate course.


Suzanna Soileau, ME.
Suzanna spent seven years as the Education Coordinator and a Water Quality Research Associate for the Montana State University Extension Water Quality Program. She is currently the Outreach Coordinator for the USGS Ecosystems Mission Area where she develops tools and strategies to engage audiences in learning more about biological science in USGS. For MSU, Suzanna develops and delivers online water quality and soil science courses for teachers and professional practitioners. She received her bachelor's degree in Earth Sciences at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and her master's degree in Education at MSU.


A general science methods course.

Target Audience

K-8th grade elementary teachers.

Time Commitment:

5-7 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

Required Books/Materials

  • Reading the Earth, Landforms in the Making by Jerome Wyckoff
    ISBN: 0967407508
    This can be purchased on inexpensively.

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

Contact Suzanna Soileau at for questions regarding course content, or Kelly Boyce at for questions about registration policies.

How to Register

Call the Office of Continuing Education at (406) 994-6683 or toll free (866) 540-5660.