Earn Your Master of Education at GCU

By Jessalyn Johnson

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Grand Canyon University offers a number of academic opportunities for educators looking to advance their career and achieve their goals by earning a master’s degree. Being a licensed teacher can be a rewarding career for those who are passionate about educating students. By earning a master’s degree, you can grow in your knowledge and explore new opportunities in the world of education!

Graduate Programs for Educators

GCU’s College of Education offers a variety of Master of Education degrees; you are bound to find a focus area that you are passionate about and that will provide you with the tools and resources you need for success. GCU has programs in: 

Most of these programs have two versions: a licensure and a non-licensure. If you earned your bachelor’s degree in education and already have certification, you can pursue the non-licensure path. If you have a bachelor’s degree in another field, then you can the licensure version to prepare you for certification.

Additionally, our Master of Education programs are offered conveniently online or in evening cohorts. Course topics for education include:

  • Lesson planning development and assessment
  • Professional ethical principles
  • Classroom management
  • Professional development
  • Creating engaging learning environments
  • Curriculum and instruction

These topics are generally present in all of our Master of Education programs, though each program contains unique aspects to fit the learning concepts within your degree of choice. Earning a Master of Education from GCU gives you all the room you need to develop and hone in on your skills as a teacher!

Benefiting Your Career

Having a master’s degree can provide options to help you advance your career through a variety of outcomes. With a master’s degree, you may be able to teach as an adjunct faculty member at a community college or university level or become a school administrator. Depending on your degree, you can also choose a teacher education, leadership or teaching position from either a public or private school. Graduates may choose to work, for example, as a principal at an elementary, middle or high school, an occupation that is projected to see a 4% increase over the next decade.1

Another benefit is a higher salary – teachers and school administrators who possess a graduate degree may see an increase in pay for their hard work, knowledge and dedication to the art and science of teaching! The wages for preschool and kindergarten teachers with a master’s education are reported at around 43% higher than for those without a master’s degree, the second highest wage premium after education administrators, who saw a 44% increase in wages.2

To learn more about GCU’s master’s degree programs in education, visit the College of Education or click the green Request More Information button at the top of this page.

Written by Jessalyn Johnson, a junior majoring in English literature at GCU.


  1. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/elementary-middle-and-high-school-principals.htm
  2. https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2015/article/should-i-get-a-masters-degree.htm#Education

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. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.

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