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Geography Education (7-12)

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Geography education is of critical importance in a world where each day brings new challenges to the fragile cultural and environmental stability of the planet. Geography is the lens through which we come to understand global and regional conflicts over land, resources, migration, demographics, and the ongoing struggles of humanity. It’s important that every generation understands geographical concepts in order to understand the world. If you have a passion for geography and enjoy teaching, a degree in geography education is an excellent choice. At Wayne State, you’ll research things such as physical landscapes, cultural similarities and differences, and population patterns. You’ll learn how to use computer-mapping software, called Geographic Information Systems (GIS), to show and help you understand your findings. After studying these geographical foundations, you’ll be ready to teach geography in a school setting.

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99.8% of WSC grads are employed or in grad school

Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey

Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A., B.S. (Subject Endorsement)
In addition to choosing the geography subject endorsement, you will also need to select a field endorsement or a second subject endorsement in order to receive your B.A. or B.S.


Hours required:
For endorsement: 36
Professional education: 27-33
General education: 41
To graduate from WSC: 120 hours minimum (education programs may require more)


Popular pairings: History Education (7-12), Political Science Education (7-12), Sociology Education (7-12), Spanish Education (7-12), Psychology Education (7-12), Social Sciences Education (7-12)


Schools: Natural and Social Sciences, Education and Counseling


Departments: History, Politics, and Geography, Educational Foundations and Leadership


Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Nebraska Department of Education

Geography Education Scholarships

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and aid for your degree to teach geography.

Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.

Skills

Skills Learned

  • World regional geography
  • Human and physical geography
  • Political and economic geography
  • Geography of recreation, tourism, and sport
  • Geographic information systems
  • Computer mapping
  • Map reading and spatial analysis
  • Geospatial reasoning
  • Environmental awareness
  • Cultural and global awareness
  • Teaching and instruction
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Research and analysis 

Careers

Possible Careers

  • Middle school geography teacher
  • High school geography teacher
  • Earth science or geology teacher
  • Cartographer
  • Geographical information systems (GIS) specialist
  • Community planner
  • Criminal intelligence analyst
  • Environmental planner
  • Urban planning specialist
  • Land surveyor
  • Travel agent
  • Foreign service officer
  • Geographical marketing
  • Transportation planner
  • Park ranger
  • GIS specialist/technician

Employers

Employers

  • Middle schools
  • High schools
  • Colleges and universities
  • Education and learning centers
  • Transportation companies
  • Surveying companies
  • Foreign service agencies
  • Government / federal agencies
  • International trade agencies
  • Research and consulting companies
  • Forestry and mining companies
  • Urban planning companies
  • Museums and exhibitions
  • Travel agencies
  • City or county districts

Learn from the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 85% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, activities, and more.

Student clubs and organizations

Clubs and Organizations

WSC Service Learning

Service-Learning

Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.

Activities Outside the Classroom

Opportunities

  • Northeast Nebraska Teachers Academy (NENTA) - Develop your classroom skills and get paid at the same time.
  • Research projects and more – Conduct your own research projects and present your work at area geography conferences. Additionally, you will have opportunities to attend lectures by guest speakers and embark on travel adventures to places of geographical interest.
  • Events and competitions – Show off your geography knowledge at WSC’s annual Geography Bowl, assist with the National Geographic State Bee in Nebraska, and participate in Social Sciences Day each semester.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Student Teaching and Clinical Practice for Education Majors

Clinical Practice

Before graduating with your degree to teach geography, you will complete a semester of clinical practice in a school district chosen with the help of your advisor. During this semester, you’ll work closely with an experienced geography teacher to gain classroom experience.  Internships are not required as part of this program; however, Career Services is available to help students find employment opportunities.

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