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Geography Education Graduate Certificate Program (Non-Degree) – Courses & Requirements

Course of Study

  • This certificate features fully online courses in the Fall and Spring terms to fit your education around your teaching schedule.
  • The Summer course is online from May to July, plus an early-August field experience in Grand Junction and on the Colorado river.
  • You can begin this program any term, but most students choose to start with the Spring term online courses.
  • You may also choose to take any two of these courses without being required to complete the certificate.

Certificate Courses

For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

For an example of upcoming courses, visit the Current Program Students page.

GEOG 520 Topics in Systematic Geography (3)

  • Advanced Human Geography (Part A)
  • Urban Geography (Part B)

GEOG 513 Professional Renewal (3)

  • Teaching Geography

GEOG 592 Field Course in Geography (6)

  • Trip to Grand Junction, CO and 3-day trip on the Colorado River.

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Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
2 terms + Summer Trip
$520/credit hour

Delivery Options:

Program Coordinator:

James Dunn


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What Students Say

“I was able to work full time as well as attend the online classes. The courses pertained exactly to what I was teaching at the time, so I was able to apply what I was learning in my own classroom. The credits I earned in the program will also allow me to apply for teaching jobs in a community college.
Finally, the summer field experience was very enticing. It gave us a chance to actually ‘do’ geography.”

Jenny Pettit, Certificate Program Graduate;
Social Studies Coordinator, Longmont