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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

ECON101

 

Introduction to Microeconomics

ENGL110

 

Critical Reading and Writing
GEOG101/111

Physical Geography: Climatic Processes with Laboratory

 

GEOG102

Human Geography

 

GEOG106

Physical Geography: Land Surface Processes

 

GEOG203

 

Introduction to Cultural Geography

UNIV101

 

First Year Experience

 

 

MATH Requirement

 

 

Foreign Language Courses

 

ECON103

 

Introduction to Macroeconomics
GEOG2XX

Geography Electives

 

GEOG271

Introduction to Geographic Data Analysis

 

GEOG372

Geographic Information Systems

 

HIST104

 

World History II

HIST206

 

U.S. History Since 1865

POSC150

 

Introduction to American Politics

 

 

University Breadth Courses

 

 

Foreign Language Courses

 

EDUC414

Teaching Exceptional Adolescents

 

EDUC419

Diversity in Secondary Education

 

EDUC413
Adolescent Development and Education Psychology

 

GEOG3XX

Geography Electives

 

HIST493

Problems in Teaching History and Social Sciences

 

 

ECON Elective

 

 

HIST Elective

 

 

POSC Elective

 

  University Breadth Courses
EDUC400

Student Teaching

 

EDUC420

Reading in the Content Areas

 

GEOG445

Method and Theory in Geography

 

HIST493

Problems in Teaching History and Social Sciences

 

 

University Breadth Courses

 

  POSC Elective Course

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