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Certification in Secondary Education

One rewarding career choice open to geography majors is teaching. For secondary school teachers, this requires majoring in geography and completing certification in secondary education.

You’ll study in both the Department of Education and the Department of Geography & Geosciences. You’ll also meet regularly with advisors in both departments. The State of Illinois has special requirements for teaching geography: The state requires a second teaching field, usually history.

Required Coursework:
GEO 105 Introduction to Atmospheric Science
GEO 111 Regional Study of the Modern Industrial World
GEO 112 Regional Study of the Developing World
GEO 411 Urban Geography
GEO 412 Political Geography
GEO 413 Economic Geography
GEO 440 Teaching Geography in the Secondary School

Plus, two of the following regional specialty courses:
GEO 311 Regional Study of Europe
GEO 315 Regional Study of the United States and Canada
GEO 317 Regional Study of Latin America

 

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