Written by Dr. Richard G. Boehm
Overview: There is always a great need for talented and qualified high school geography teachers. You can prepare with a geography or social studies composite major in college or through the many alternative certification programs. There are high school geography positions available in every state, but particularly in Texas. In 2020 there are over 5,000 geography teachers in the Lone Star state and about 20% of them resign, move, or change responsibilities every year. Most of them teach World Geography but an increasing number teach Advanced Placement Human Geography. On the physical/environmental side many high school teachers specialize in Earth Science, Environmental Science, and geographic-related technology (mapping). Geography teaching and learning in Texas is guided by the requirements outlined in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
Geographers at work: It is important to take as many geography courses at college as possible if you want to teach in high school. Highly recommended courses would be World Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography and perhaps some work in Social Studies Methods.
Skills: More and more geographers in everyday life are using GIS, so you should be prepared to pass these skills along to your students.