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Earn Your Secondary Education Degree Online or at GCU’s Campus

Can you remember a teacher that had a profound impact on your education or the way you viewed the world? Outstanding teachers instill a love for learning and knowledge in their students. They develop and nurture each student's individual talents and abilities. Secondary education teachers also help students learn to think critically,Earn your Secondary Education degree at Grand Canyon University a skill that is needed throughout a person's educational and personal career. In addition to teaching a specific subject, quality teachers also help students strengthen their professional dispositions and ethics.

Secondary education teachers work with youth and adolescents, and typically teach a single subject. While the content being taught stays the same, the cohorts of students rotate throughout the day. Secondary teachers may opt to work at public, private or charter schools at the middle, junior high or high school levels. At the middle and high school levels, secondary teachers may work in a team and/or departmental environment.

Steps to Become a Secondary Education Teacher

You may be wondering what the first step is to becoming a secondary education teacher. The minimum requirements for nearly all schools is for secondary education teachers to have at least a bachelor's degree. Grand Canyon University offers a variety of bachelor's in secondary education degrees as well as 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 English, Math, Chemistry, Biology, Physical Education or Business Education. GCU also offers a master's in secondary education developed for career changers who have a bachelor's degree in a field outside of education.

Secondary Education Degree Coursework

In addition to taking courses in your chosen subject area of interest, students earning a secondary education degree typically study secondary teaching methods, classroom management, student assessment techniques, teaching sheltered English, methods for educating culturally diverse students, human development, and adolescent psychology.

Secondary education teachers today also need a solid understanding of how technology and computers can be integrated into the classroom. Regardless of the teacher's area of concentration, across all subjects technology is used as a tool in learning.

Expert Instructors

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. Hiring only outstanding faculty members who are expert practitioners and passionate about their field, GCU employs a number of full-time faculty for our online courses. All courses are directly aligned with the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) principles.

“GCU is a well-known university. Not only is it well known, but it prepares students to be great teachers. Through guidance from many people in the COE office, it was easy to obtain "Highly Qualified" status as it is mandatory to graduate. The program helps give a diverse background in teaching and also content.

My degree program at GCU helped prepare me in a few different ways. I think the best aspect of it was my practicum and student teaching experience as I was able to get in the classroom and really see what happens on a daily basis. I also had great professors who tried to give us a glimpse of what teaching was all about.”

Amber Loyd
Graduated with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education in Dec. 2012
Algebra Teacher
Metro Tech High School, Phoenix, Arizona