Those teaching secondary education specialize in the middle school, junior high and high school level. The content being taught stays the same, however the cohorts of students rotate throughout the day. Secondary teachers may choose to work at the middle school level in a team environment or the high school level in a department.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in addition to conducting classroom activities, secondary teachers "oversee study halls and homerooms, supervise extracurricular activities, and accompany students on field trips. They may identify students who have physical or mental problems and refer the students to the proper authorities. Secondary school teachers occasionally assist students in choosing courses, colleges, and careers. Teachers also participate in education conferences and workshops."
Having a good knowledge of technology is also important for secondary teachers, since junior high and high school students integrate computers and technology into a huge portion of their learning. Educational software is oftentimes used in teaching these students.
Grand Canyon University offers a variety of bachelor's secondary education degrees and master's degrees in secondary education. These degrees have various emphases depending on the content area an individual chooses to focus on. Those pursuing bachelor's degrees in secondary education at GCU can focus on Social Studies, English, Math, or Business Education. GCU also offers a Master of Education in Secondary Education.
GCU's secondary education degrees are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in the areas of educational psychology, reading strategies, teaching methods, classroom management, and curriculum development. All courses are directly aligned with the Arizona Professional Teacher Standards (APTS) and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) principles.
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (Emphasis in Biology)
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (Emphasis in Business Education)
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (Emphasis in Chemistry)
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (Emphasis in English)
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (Emphasis in Math)
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (Emphasis in Physical Education)
Master of Education in Secondary Education
Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading with an Emphasis in Secondary Education