The Master of Arts in Applied Geography

Geosciences Education for Teachers Concentration (GET)

The Geosciences Education for Teachers concentration is directed towards students and educators interested in expanding their expertise in teaching geosciences. Completing the Master’s of Arts in Applied Geography with this concentration requires students to combine the core requirements of the M.A. degree with courses emphasizing the knowledge and skills needed to teach geosciences at the middle grades, secondary grades, and community college levels. The required core courses, formal reviews and examinations are the same as for the Master of Arts degree in Applied Geography, non-thesis, course-work option-with a competency portfolio. Within this framework, students will complete 38 credit hours by taking the required courses specified below. Note that GEO 560 and GEO 570 will be field course experiences for the GET concentration and students will present their portfolios as part of GEO 560 and GEO 570. (Students’ competency portfolios will becomprised of self-selected geosciences instructional modules designed while students were enrolled in GEO 607, 608, 609, 610 and 611.

Required Core Courses (38 hours)

  • GEO 560 Seminar in Regional Geography (Field Course) (3:1:6)
  • GEO 570 Applied Physical Geography (Field Course) (3:1:6)
  • GEO 601 Research Trends in Geography (1:1)
  • GEO 607 Earth Science for Educators (5:3:6)
  • GEO 608 Weather and Climate for Educators (5:3:6)
  • GEO 609 Hydrology for Educators (5:3:6)
  • AST 609 Solar System Astronomy for Teachers (3:3)
  • GEO 610 Physical Geology for Educators (5:3:6)
  • GEO 611 Natural Hazards and Society for Educators (5:3:6)
  • GEO 620 Spatial Analysis (3:3)