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Geography Education students at UD teach local children geopgraphy
Students at the Etta J. Wilson Elementary School in Newark, DE take their social studies and geography learning to a new scale on a giant floor map of North America. The University of Delaware's Geography Department and the Delaware Geographic Alliance partnered to bring the map to area schools where students had the opportunity to play games on the map that enhance their knowledge of geography. - (Evan Krape / University of Delaware)

College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment

Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences


Bring children the world

If you want to help children understand the world around them, there is no better subject to teach than geography. Sharing the beauty and science of our natural landscapes and fascinating details about the diverse cultures around the globe, you can awaken children’s wonder and excitement for the world around them, helping them become engaged global citizens who care about our Earth. During your studies at UD, you will examine the physical properties of the natural environment (water, climate, landforms and vegetation) and the role that human beliefs, activities and decision-making has in shaping the world around us. You will also gain training in teaching and how to best reach and serve students in middle or high school.

Areas of study

  • History and political science
  • Educational psychology
  • Instructional design
  • Physical geography
  • Human geography


Career Options

  • Middle school geography teacher
  • High school geography teacher


Graduate programs

  • Geography
  • Geography Education
  • Educational Leadership
  • Educational Technology

What’s special about this program?

In this major, you will combine coursework in geography and education, graduating prepared to teach Advanced Placement Geography in high school settings and bring a geographic perspective to many other classes taught in secondary schools. You will receive broad training in physical and human geography as well as education, gaining the tools and methods of both disciplines. You will also gain vital experience through teaching placement at nearby schools.

Get involved

Students who come to UD in one of the majors in the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment start in CEOE’s Living Learning Community, a dormitory where you will live with your peers and enjoy special academic and social programming, fostering a successful college experience from the day you move in. There are also many opportunities on campus for students interested in the environment, such as serving as an EnvironMentor, going on extracurricular environmental field trips and joining registered student organizations like Students for the Environment. Geography Education majors have additional opportunities to get involved in GIS Day, Geography Awareness Week and ad-hoc activities like Humanitarian Mapathons.

Sample curriculum



Introduction to Microeconomics



Critical Reading and Writing

Physical Geography: Climatic Processes with Laboratory



Human Geography



Physical Geography: Land Surface Processes




Introduction to Cultural Geography



First Year Experience



MATH Requirement



Foreign Language Courses




Introduction to Macroeconomics

Geography Electives



Introduction to Geographic Data Analysis



Geographic Information Systems




World History II



U.S. History Since 1865



Introduction to American Politics



University Breadth Courses



Foreign Language Courses



Teaching Exceptional Adolescents



Diversity in Secondary Education


Adolescent Development and Education Psychology



Geography Electives



Problems in Teaching History and Social Sciences



ECON Elective



HIST Elective



POSC Elective


  University Breadth Courses

Student Teaching



Reading in the Content Areas



Method and Theory in Geography



Problems in Teaching History and Social Sciences



University Breadth Courses


  POSC Elective Course

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