Montana State University

ERTH 591-802: Landforms for Elementary Teachers

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Oct 23-Dec 15, 2017
Credit: 1 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $278.50
Instructor(s): Suzanna Soileau

Course Description

Please register for CRN 22472
In this online course we will investigate landform science. Observing landforms and how they change is fun! We will look at a variety of landscapes and how they came to look like they do. We will model landforms and encourage sharing and discussions of teaching ideas in our course. The principles you learn will increase your confidence in teaching science in general as well as landforms in particular.

The goals of this course are to...

  • Introduce concepts of structure, process and time
  • Review the battle between living and non-living forces and the relationship it has to landforms
  • Model and represent landforms using resources such as remote sensing, maps, physical models and math models
  • Uncover the importance of orders of landforms
  • Distinguish between continent and ocean basin movement versus minor slope elements
  • Compare and contrast varying degrees of arid regions
  • Classify volcanic landforms by their composition
  • Compare and contrast varying degrees of water erosion regions
  • Identify landscapes formed by landslides and glaciers
  • Incorporate a Native American perspective on Landform Science

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week to stay current and successfully complete this 1 graduate credit course.


Suzanna Soileau, ME.
Suzanna spent seven years as the Education Coordinator and Water Quality Research Associate for the Montana State University Extension Water Quality Program. She is currently an Outreach Physical Scientist with the USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center in Bozeman, Montana. The primary focus of her work is in relaying technical scientific information in a manner that enables non-science audiences to gain sound, science-based knowledge, as well as develop and deliver online water quality and soil science courses for teachers and professional practitioners. Suzanna 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:

4-6 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 for approximately $50.

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.

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