- Major Courses and General Education Courses
- Admission and Transfer Requirements
- Graduation Requirements
Why Choose Geography Education?
The employment outlook for geography education students is excellent. Graduates are prepared to teach in middle and 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.
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.
Teacher Certification Requirements
As required by the State of Michigan to receive teacher certification all teacher candidates must: (1) meet the MDE (CAEP) cohort requirements, (2) pass the pedagogy tests in their subject area majors, and (3) have a 2.75 minimum GPA to receive teacher certification in Michigan. These state requirements are in addition to the Ferris graduation requirements of your individual program.
School of Education
Bishop Hall Room 421
Ferris State University
1349 Cramer Circle
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2737
Telephone: (231) 591-5361
Required Directed Electives
Professional Education Sequence
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 seeking admission to teacher education candidacy must meet all university requirements for admission to the specific program they wish to enter.