Jun 24-Aug 02, 2019
Credit: 1 graduate
Instructor(s): Suzanna Soileau

Course Description

Registration begins on March 25th - please register for CRN 11310.
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 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:

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

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table below:

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedules.

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

You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.

Learn how to apply.

After your application has been accepted, you will register via MSU's online registration system, MyInfo.

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