Career Spotlight: High School English Teacher

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For those who wish to inspire, empower, educate and challenge future generations, becoming a teacher is an ideal career path. Teachers not only have the power to shape the next generation, but the influence to touch individual lives as well. High school education in particular is a rewarding field, because teachers have the opportunity to encourage and educate students as they continue to develop their own identities and dreams. If you aspire to become a high school English teacher, then pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English for Secondary Education at Grand Canyon University is the perfect place to begin:


There is a saying, “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Start your career by determining what you love to do. Working as a high school English teacher presents an almost unending stream of variety and possibilities for those who enjoy reading and writing. Imagine discussing famous literary works daily or instructing students on how to express their own voices through writing. Simply put, English teachers are in the business of sharing and developing ideas. If you desire to share this infinite world with others through language, then an English degree for secondary education may be the perfect fit for you!


Grand Canyon University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, in conjunction with the College of Education, will equip you to take your passions and apply them with hands-on learning and instruction in the classroom. When you graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in English for Secondary Education at GCU, you will meet the requirements for the secondary education in English certificate and also be qualified to teach grades 6-12. If you choose to student teach in a middle school setting, you’ll also be eligible for the middle grades endorsement.

In the program, you will learn about effective communication, the English language and its evolution, teaching theories and effective classroom techniques. Outside of the classroom, you will gain real-world experience through practicum and student teaching opportunities. This allows you to apply your knowledge while growing as a teacher in front of high school students. Overall, GCU’s Bachelor Arts in English for Secondary Education can empower you with a blend of both education and experience so that you can confidently become a high school English teacher!


Upon completing your degree program, you will be uniquely positioned to find work. Your degree provides you with flexibility, as you will be qualified to teach grades 6-12. You will also have a foundation in both English and education, allowing you to pursue a career outside of teaching if you desire.

Grand Canyon University is committed to helping students find their purpose and strives to prepare them for success in their future career paths. To learn more about GCU’s College of Education or its secondary education programs, visit our website or click the green Request More Information button at the top of this page.

Written by Breanna Alverson, a junior majoring in business administration at GCU.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University.

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