Become a Certified English Teacher in Secondary Education
Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Arts in English for Secondary Education is an accredited degree program that prepares aspiring English teachers to meet the challenges of the modern secondary education classroom. Graduates who successfully complete state certification requirements will be qualified to teach students in grades 5-12. This degree is a joint program offered by GCU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Education.
Teacher candidates will demonstrate competency in these core domains:
- The Learner and Learning: Aspiring educators create developmentally appropriate learning programs and environments
- Application of Content: Teacher candidates make content accessible and meaningful to students, and guide students in critical thinking and problem-solving
- Instructional Practice: Future teachers use diverse assessment methods and instructional strategies to enable students to achieve learning objectives
- Professional Responsibility: Teacher candidates pursue ongoing professional development, use evidence-based practices and collaborate with key education stakeholders
What Do You Need to Become a Secondary Education English Teacher?
GCU welcomes future middle and high school English teachers to apply for admission. Accepted applicants have a high school GPA of 3.0 or above, or qualifying standardized test scores. Additional eligibility criteria may be required.
The Bachelor of Arts in English for Secondary Education degree program requires teacher candidates to complete 120 program credits. The program includes classroom instruction and real-world, hands-on experience via the practicum and the student teaching experience. Some of the core courses that future English teachers will take may include:
- SEI English Language Teaching: Foundations and Methodologies
- American Encounter Narratives
- Shakespeare and the History of Drama
- Data-Driven Instructional Methods for Middle and Secondary Teachers
- Advanced Methodologies of Structured English Immersion
Graduates will demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills, and the ability to think critically about texts of varying media. Comprehension and interpretation of diverse artistic expressions are key skills for this degree program. Future secondary educators will develop a keen understanding of the major issues and themes that are central to humanity. The program emphasizes the comprehension and practical application of methodologies and classroom techniques that support effective instruction to adolescents.
How Long Does It Take to Earn This Degree?
A bachelor’s degree program is usually completed in four years, but some students may choose a fast-track option. Additionally, up to 90 credits may be transferred from other schools. GCU supports flexible learning paths for a modern student body, with both on-campus and online classes available for this degree program. Most online courses for this program are eight weeks long, with some exceptions. On-campus courses are 15 weeks long.
What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Arts in English Education?
Teachers are well-respected members of the community, with rewarding career possibilities in public and private education. Jobs directly related to this degree program may include:
- Middle school English teacher
- High school English teacher
- English as a second language (ESL) teacher
- Special education teacher
- Private tutor
- Standardized test developer
- School administrator
- Education consultant
- Museum educator
The Bachelor of Arts in English for Secondary Education degree program at Grand Canyon University leads to initial teacher licensure. English teacher candidates are required to obtain all necessary certifications from the state in which they wish to teach. Although it’s not required to become a teacher, graduates may choose to broaden their pedagogical knowledge and skills by pursuing a graduate degree in education.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University’s General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
- COM-263, Elements of Intercultural Communication: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments. Students are required to take 3 credits of college mathematics or higher.
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- INT-244, World Religions: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.