Initial Program – Leads To Initial Teacher Licensure
Offered By: College of Education
Advance Your Career with a Masters in Secondary Education
Grand Canyon University's (GCU) Master of Education in Secondary Education was designed to prepare you to become a licensed junior high or high school teacher. Offered through the College of Education, this regionally accredited and Arizona State Board of Education-approved master in education degree program prepares you for employment anywhere a licensure is required, including public and private schools.
With emphases placed on technology and classroom diversity, you learn to combine sixth through 12th-grade subjects (English, social studies, history, and psychology) with a variety of 21st century teaching methods and strategies to improve student outcomes.
Programs leading to teacher certification may require practicum hours, state exams, student teaching and an institutional recommendation from GCU.
Gain the Skills to Lead a Junior High or High School Classroom
With assistance from the Office of Field Experience, you gain access to a grade sixth through 12th-grade classroom, in order to complete the required practicum assignments for the observational field experience hours. This practical experience gives you a solid foundation and the classroom management skills needed to become a licensed secondary education teacher.
Your final semester of the masters in teaching secondary education degree program includes a full-time, 15-week student teaching component. These learning, development and applied teaching opportunities are emphasized through a Christian worldview of values and ethics.
What You Will Learn
Review Course Topics for the Masters in Teaching Secondary Education
Masters in secondary education online course topics include:
- Philosophical, historical and sociological influences on educational theories.
- Common trends that professional educators face.
- U.S. and Arizona Constitutions.
- Adolescent development and psychology.
- Creating and managing engaging learning environments.
- English language teaching foundations and methods.
- Assessment and evaluation of secondary education.
- Teaching methods and strategies for secondary education.
- Adolescent literacy.
- Methods of integrating Structured English Immersion (SEI).
- Curriculum and instructional planning for secondary education.
Earn Your Licensure to Teach
After earning your masters in secondary education degree, you will have the skills and credentials you need to become a licensed junior high or high school teacher, and effectively manage a secondary education environment. You can elect to teach in a private, public or charter school with this secondary education degree program.
Note: This program was recently revised. Disclosure statistics on this program before it was revised indicated 76% of students graduated on time (within 29 months) and graduated with a median loan debt of $35,686.
Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.
Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.
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