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EDGE Program

Now, more than ever, geography education really matters.

geography-clipart-4c9jbopceChanging political boundaries, territorial conflicts, threats to sustainability, and impacts of globalization are but just a few examples of geographic issues that face us every day. They illustrate the power and importance of studying geography. Current geography teaching standards and methods help our students understand their rapidly changing world while also grounding them in the local geography of their hometown, region, and state.

For more than sixty years, the Department of Geography at the University of Oregon has offered a summer master’s degree program in geography education for K-12 teachers. In 2016, we are revising the program to better reflect the needs of our teachers, and the new curriculum will be 100% online. No travel to Eugene required!

**Update: As a part of this change, we are applying for approval for a new program and curriculum. As such, we will not be accepting program applications until January 2018**

The program will require two summers of full course loads, sandwiched around three courses, one each in fall, winter, and spring terms, all offered online. The new curriculum will not require a final project, and instead students will focus on learning geography content and methods of geographical instruction. In lieu of a final projects, students will complete an online portfolio of lessons developed throughout the various courses.

This program will help teachers:

  • Expand their knowledge and understanding of geography content and pedagogy;
  • Learn how to include geographic thinking in the classroom to solve real-world problems;
  • Think critically about environmental, socio-economic, and cultural information from a spatial perspective.

Due to the changes coming to this program, we will not be accepting new EDGE applications for the 2017 Summer. We will be applying for approval for the revised program and plan to accept students for the Summer of 2018.

For questions, please email Dr. Leslie McLees, EDGE Program Coordinator at