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Geography Education

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Education and Human Services

Why Choose Geography Education?

The employment outlook for geography education students is excellent. Graduates are prepared to teach in high schools and also have the necessary basic preparation to enter a career in industry or pursue an advanced degree in geography. One semester of directed teaching at the secondary level is required. A teaching minor is also required.

Career Opportunities

Geography Education is a four-year curriculum that may be selected as a major. A teaching minor is also required. Successful completion of the program leads to recommendation for a Michigan secondary provisional certificate. The program is designed to take full advantage of the unusual, hands-on Ferris instructional capabilities in developing both teaching and subject matter competency. Students receive the broad background in classroom, laboratory and field training essential to be effective teachers.

Admission Requirements

High school students and transfer students with 29 credit hours or less must possess a high school grade point average of 2.25 (on a 4.0 scale) or an ACT composite score of 15. Transfer students with 30 credit hours or more must possess a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Students transferring into the program with completed majors or minors must have the appropriate GPA as established by each department. Consult individual program description for other admission requirements.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-bachelor.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Teacher Certification Requirements

As required by the State of Michigan to receive teacher certification all teacher candidates must: (1) pass the Professional Readiness Exam, (2) pass the pedagogy tests in their subject area majors and minors, and (3) have a 2.50 minimum GPA to receive teacher certification in Michigan. These state requirements are in addition to the Ferris graduation requirements of your individual program.

Graduation Requirements

The geography education program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree through the School of Education, College of Education & Human Services. Graduates must complete all of Ferris' general education, geography, and education requirements. Professional education requirements include a semester of directed student teaching. Consult individual program description for other graduation requirements.

A 2.75 GPA is required for successful completion of the Geography major.

More Information

College of Education & Human Services
School of Education
Bishop Hall Room 421
Ferris State University
1349 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2737
Telephone: (231) 591-5361

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Major

Geography of World Regions
3
Geography of Phys Environment
4
Cultural Geography
3
Weather and Climate
3
Geography of US and Canada
3
Map Analysis - Interpretation
3
Social Aspects of GIS
3
Geog of MI and Great Lakes Reg
3
Geog-Latin America-Africa-Asia
3
or
World Medical Geography
3
or
National Parks of the World
3
Current Global Problems
3
Geography Teaching Methods
3
Issues in Public Policy
3

Required Directed Electives

Amer Gov 1-People and Politics
3
Amer Gov 2-Policy Making
3
US History to 1877
3
US History - 1877 to Present
3
Principles of Macroeconomics
3
Principles of Microeconomics
3

Professional Education Sequence

Level II

NOTE:Prior to admission into Level II courses, students must the Professional Readiness Exam, complete all Professional Education Pre-requisite courses with a minimum of 2.5 GPA, with no grade lower than a C (2.0), have a 2.5 cumulative GPA, and meet all other program requirements. Students may have no more than two repeats in Level I coursework. Level II application packet required.
NOTE: STUDENTS MUST OBTAIN THE APPROPRIATE GPA FOR THEIR MAJOR/MINOR AS ESTABLISHED BY EACH DEPARTMENT. A 2.75 GPA IS REQUIRED IN THE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION COURSE SEQUENCE. A 2.50 CUMULATIVE GPA IS ALSO REQUIRED BEFORE STUDENT TEACHING..
Level I

NOTE: Students seeking admission to teacher education candidacy must meet all university requirements for admission to the specific program they wish to enter.
Intro to the Professn of Teach
1
Life Span Human Growth - Devel
3
Principles Teaching - Learning
3
School and Work and Society
3
Secondary General Methods I
4
Teaching Special Needs
3
Secondary General Methods II
5
Tchg Reading-Secondary Areas
3
Student Teaching
12
Total credits required:
40