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Department of Geography-Geology at Illinois State University
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Geography Teacher Education Major Course Requirements

Total number of hours: 56

Basic Requirement (16 hrs)

  • GEO 100 Earth Science Systems (4 cr.)
  • GEO 135 World Geography (3 cr.)
  • GEO 140 Human Geography (3 cr.)
  • GEO 204 Doing Geography (3 cr.)
  • GEO 205 Living in the Environment (3 cr.)

Techniques Requirement (3 hrs)

  • GEO 300 Cartography (3 cr.)

Teaching Methods Requirement (6 hrs)

  • GEO 261 Teaching Geography in a Social Sciences Context (3 cr.)
  • GEO 307 Teaching Geography/Earth Science (3 cr.)

Capstone Requirement (3 hrs)

  • GEO 315 Seminar in Geography (3 cr.)

Regional Elective (3 hrs - choose 1)

  • GEO 215 United States (3 cr.)
  • GEO 220 Illinois (3 cr.)
  • GEO 250 Africa <3 cr.)
  • GEO 235 Geography of Emerging Areas (3 cr.)
  • GEO 265 Our National Parks (3 cr.)

Advanced Social Science Electives (9 hrs)

  • GEO 310 Field Geography (3 cr.)
  • GEO 313 Energy & Sustainability (3 cr.)
  • GEO 331 Cultural Geography (3 cr.)
  • GEO 334 Political Ecology (3 cr.)
  • GEO 336 Urban Geography (3 cr.)
  • GEO 342 Economic Geography (3 cr.)

Supporting Courses Requirements (16 hrs)

  • HIS 101 Western Civilization to 1500 or HIS 102 Modern Western Civilization (3 cr.)
  • HIS 135 History of the United States to 1865 or HIS 136 History of the United States Since 1865 (3 cr.)
  • SOA 106 Introduction to Sociology (3 cr.)
  • POL 101 Citizens and Governance or POL 106 U.S. Government and Civic Practices (3 cr.)
  • ECO 105 Principles of Economics (4 cr.)

Professional Education Requirements (26 hrs)

  • EAF 228 Social Foundations of Education or EAF 231 Introduction to Philosophy of Education or EAF 235 Historical Foundations (3 cr.)
  • PSY 215 Educational Psychology--prereq. PSY 110 or 111 (3 cr.)
  • C&I 212 Issues in Secondary Education--prereq. GPA 2.5, C or better in COM 110 & ENG 101 (2 cr.)
  • C&I 214 Reading in the Content Areas of Secondary Education--prereq. C or better in C&I 212, PSY 215, 2.5 GPA (3 cr.)
  • C&I 216 Instructional & Evaluative Methods in Secondary Education--prereq. C or better in C&I 212, PSY 215, 2.5 GPA (3 cr.)
  • STT 399.18 Student Teaching in Geography--sec. 01 & 02 (12 cr.)

Note 1: Students desiring Middle School or Junior High employment should also complete C&I 233 Middle School Education and the Young Adolescent as well as PSY 302 Adolescent Development.

Note 2: A 2.75 GPA in the major and overall is required for admission to Professional Studies and Student Teaching.

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Department of Geography - Geology
Normal, Il 61790-4400
Phone: (309) 438-7649