Geography-Anthropology/Social Studies Major — Secondary Teacher Education Track (6-12)

Program Type
Undergraduate Major
Bachelor of Art (BA)
Modes of Study
Blended;In Person

Full-time tuition

In-state: $8,910;
Out-of-state: $26,250 (30 credit hours per year). See details and other costs

Financial aid

Average offer covers a large portion of tuition & fees.
In-state: nearly 100%;
Out-of-state: nearly 70%.
May include scholarships, grants, waiver, & work-study. Explore aid

Program duration

Typical completion time: 4 years. Flexible options may save time. Explore options


SAT & ACT scores optional. Early action & year-round admissions. View application process & deadlines

Program highlights

  • Benefit from our unique approach: We combine teacher preparation courses and student-teaching experience with courses in geography, anthropology, archaeology, mapping, and the environment.
  • Develop expertise in geography, anthropology, and social studies and prepare to be an engaging and resourceful social studies teacher.
  • Gain more student-teaching experience than any other Maine-based teacher preparation program.
  • Excel with academic advising and professional development — from course selection to the student-teaching internship.
  • Tailor the major to your interests: Choose to specialize in Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Geospatial Analysis; Cultural and Natural Heritage Management; or Sustainable Cultures and Communities.
  • Study in state-of-the-art facilities, including three archaeology laboratories and three Geographic Information Systems (GIS) laboratories.
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Continual classroom experience

We provide practice with grades 6-12 early and often — you’ll start working with students in your first year. During your final year-long student teaching internship, you’ll gain experience in two grade levels.

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Flexible career options

You’ll be prepared for a wide range of careers within and beyond the field of education. Along with options in the field of geography-anthropology, you’ll qualify for teacher certification in public school grades 6-12 through the Maine Department of Education.

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Diverse, expert faculty

You’ll study with faculty in both Education and in Geography-Anthropology. This unique approach ensures a superior background in educator preparation and mastery of geography-anthropology and social studies.

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Program requirements

Share your enthusiasm for social studies and education — prepare to teach middle or high school. We provide a rigorous, authentic learning experience, ensuring you graduate with a solid knowledge base in the classes you’ll teach.

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State-of-the-art facilities

Put theory-to-practice in one of our three archaeology laboratories or three Geographic Information Systems (GIS) laboratories. You’ll also have access to the extensive and remarkable map collections of the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education.

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National accreditation & state approval

Our Teacher Education program is nationally accredited by CAEP (Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation) and state-approved by the Maine Department of Education.

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Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships offer valuable financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. You’ll be automatically considered for Merit Scholarships when you apply for admission by the deadline. Additional opportunities are available.

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Teacher Education Program Options

Interested in another content area or grade level? We offer additional Secondary Teacher Education Tracks in STEM and liberal arts. We also offer programs for Elementary Education (K-6), French and Spanish Linguistics (PreK-12), Art Education and Music Education (PreK-12).

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