How do the earth’s physical features affect our lives, our economies and our societies" What’s the impact of location on the world’s people, cultures, education and business" In what ways are geography and history related" Help inspire the next generation of geographers when you study for the M.S.Ed. in adolescence education: social studies (7-12) - geography concentration at SUNY Cortland.
Under the guidance of a dedicated faculty mentor, you will enjoy small graduate-level reading and writing seminars in geography augmented with online components. As you immerse yourself in the writing, scholarship and history of the profession, you will explore the expanse of human geography and develop a research paper addressing one of its many aspects, including cultural, historical, economic, political, feminist or urban, among others.
You may focus on topics such as the effects of the Erie Canal on the growth of New York state and the nation, the Underground Railroad, mapping Civil War battles, the northward movement of African-Americans during the Great Migration, alternative energy or environmental issues.
Through course work that combines content and pedagogy in courses such as Maps in the Classroom, Historical Geography, Teaching the Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa, Teaching the Geography of New York State, Teaching Geography through Film or GIS in the K-12 Classroom, you’ll enhance your instructional skills and your professional expertise.
If you hold an undergraduate degree in history, the study of geography rounds out your educational background. If you hold a bachelor’s degree in geography, our history-oriented courses increase your competence in teaching social studies in middle schools and high schools.
Our flexible scheduling offers you classes that begin at 4:20 p.m. to accommodate your work schedule.
In addition to completing any specific requirements for state certification, you’ll write a culminating master’s thesis or sit for a written comprehensive exam based on work taken in the concentration and on your professional education.
The M.S.Ed. in adolescence education: social studies (7-12) - geography concentration from SUNY Cortland provides you with the terminal master’s degree required for professional certification to teach social studies, history and geography in the public schools of New York state. In addition to teaching at the secondary level or pursuing a Ph.D., your expanded career options include working in libraries and museums, public services, social work, urban planning, state and federal civil service, business and political science.
At the State University of New York College at Cortland, we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.
Minimum admissions criteria include:
Preference will be given to candidates with the following:
Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 1
Summer semester applications: April 1
Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.
Note: It is best to check with the History Department for changes to the requirements stated below.A. Geography Concentration: 18 credit hours
1. Research and Writing Seminar: 3 credit hours
Select nine credit hours of geography courses at the 500 level from the following:
Select three credit hours of geography at the 500 or 600 level.5. CARR, DASA and SAVE
Proof of completion of state-mandated workshops:
Students concentrating in geography must choose a history course combining content and pedagogy at the 500 level; and an elective course in history at the 500 or 600 level.C. Professional Education: 6 credit hours
1. Select one of the following:
Three credit hours on the subject of teaching students with disabilities.Total Credit Hours Required: 31