Bachelor of Arts in History for Secondary Education Initial Program - Leads to Initial Teacher Licensure

Thrive in a Classroom Setting

Principals across the dynamic landscape of schools today are searching for educators who possess a strong blend of content knowledge, teaching skill and critical reasoning.

GCUs Bachelor of Arts in History for Secondary Education opens the doors for a scholar to become a middle school or high school social studies or history teacher. The program meets the competitive demands of a teacher who thrives in a classroom setting. It provides a solid foundation in historical content and the classroom skills for a successful career in teaching.

The contemporary history programs at GCU explore the discipline thematically, as an alternative to the more common chronological approach. This BA in History for Secondary Education program engages scholars in historical contexts that are relevant to their interests and contemporary society.

Alignment to Standards

The format and courses of this regionally accredited and Arizona State Board of Education approved program are designed to maximize the content knowledge that the teacher candidate will possess upon graduation. The coursework for the Bachelor of Arts in History for Secondary Education aligns with the requirements set by the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) and meets the academic standards of certification in Arizona. The NCSS sets national standards for an institutions curriculum, to ensure future social studies and history teachers are equipped with frameworks for teaching, learning and assessment.

Learners will have the education to teach in any state curriculum. However, requirements for certification do vary from state-to-state and candidates must be aware of the guidelines set by the respective states they intend to pursue certification in.

The secondary education history program could serve as a platform to obtain the necessary credentials, such as a masters or doctoral level degree, to pursue a teaching assignment at the community college or university level.

Program Highlights

  • Earn this history degree online or on campus
  • One-semester (15-week) teaching assignment, with placement assistance from GCUs Office of Field Experience
  • Preparation for Arizona teaching certification
  • Coursework aligns with the standards set by the National Council for Social Studies, to successfully teach in any states curriculum
  • Learners are exposed to the latest technologies available in the classroom

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:

Main Campus

Enjoy Grand Canyon University\'s traditional campus experience. As of fall 2014, our 179-acre campus serves a growing student population of approximately 11,000. New modern classrooms, suite-style residence halls, popular dining options, resort-style swimming pools and a focus on creating a rich student life make GCU a top choice for high school graduates and transfer students.


The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.

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* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.