Program Details

Graduate Certificate of Completion in Secondary Education Teacher Preparation

Offered By: College of Education
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 15
Online: 6 weeks
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $530 per credit. [ More Info ]

What Is a Graduate Certificate of Secondary Education?

Provisionally licensed teachers may turn to GCU when it’s time to explore professional development opportunities. The Graduate Certificate of Completion in Secondary Education Teacher Preparation is ideal for currently active secondary teachers. The program will guide you through coursework that explores a child’s academic, social and developmental needs. All classes are taught online. The classes are aligned with national content standards, as well as specialized teaching standards. Teacher candidates explore key concepts, theories and research in secondary education.

The Benefits of a Graduate Level Secondary Ed. Certificate for Teacher Preparation

Secondary classrooms have unique challenges for teachers. Through this graduate certificate, students will learn about diverse academic and developmental needs of secondary students while exploring how to meet individual needs considering engagement, motivation, and learning styles.

The Graduate Certificate of Completion in Secondary Education Teacher Preparation lays foundational knowledge that supports these objectives. By the end of the program, you will improve your ability to engage with your students. In addition, you will understand the instructional techniques needed to improve student outcomes. Online collaboration and fieldwork experiences will empower you to successfully manage the learning environment.

Earn Your Secondary Education Teacher Preparation Certificate Online

Online classes are practical and convenient for the modern educational landscape. You can study key concepts to further your career while continuing to meet your other obligations. The secondary education certification program has a total of 15 credits and each online course is six weeks in length.

This graduate certificate program includes the following classes:

  • Methods of Instruction and Assessment
  • English Language Teaching Foundations and Methods
  • Creating and Managing Engaging Learning Environments
  • Child and Adolescent Development and Psychology
  • Instruction in Adolescent Literacy

With a blend of coursework and hands-on experiences, you will explore topic areas such as best practices in the use of assessment data, strategies for engaging students and the role of culture in English language learning. You will also examine these topic areas:

  • Current trends in teaching
  • Frameworks for teaching the English language
  • Immersion strategies for English language learning
  • Discipline and student behavior management
  • Classroom procedures
  • Enriching classroom settings
  • Cognitive, social and physical needs of students
  • Reading strategies for culturally diverse classrooms

Fingerprint clearance is a requirement for this secondary education certificate program. Teacher candidates complete hands-on work while studying, including observing and assisting in a 7-12 classroom.

By the time you complete this program, you will be prepared to meet the needs of individual students in order to pursue positions in private or public secondary schools.

To apply for this graduate certificate of secondary education, you must submit a copy of your teaching license. You can also submit proof of at least one year of teaching experience. Before applying, you must have access to a K-12 classroom. Hands-on learning experiences are needed to complete the program. After completion, you may decide to further hone your skills by pursuing a master’s degree program from GCU.

Course List

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15 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
15 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

Candidates in this course will develop skills in aligning objectives, instruction, and assessments. Special attention is given to differentiating curriculum for diverse students and using assessment data to guide instruction. Candidates will collaborate with peers and colleagues to achieve instructional goals through action planning. Review of current trends in instruction and assessment are presented to guide instructional decisions with a special focus on the needs of diverse students. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course presents the historical, legal, theoretical, and sociological foundations of programs of instruction for English language learners. It includes an examination of the role of culture in learning and instructional program models, with a focus on Structured English Immersion. Teacher candidates are instructed in immersion strategies and the use of assessment data. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course is designed to allow the teacher candidate the opportunity to learn techniques involved in the successful engagement and management of a learning environment. Major emphasis is placed to the establishment of a realistic discipline plan to manage student behavior, as well as engagement and management techniques and strategies to maximize instructional time, classroom procedures, and physical space. Practicum/field experience hours: 15. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: SEC-501 or SEC-502.

Course Description

Teacher candidates will survey how adolescents grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, social/emotional, and physical areas. This survey of the seminal concepts, principles, theories, and research related to development of adolescents will allow candidates to build foundational knowledge for constructing learning opportunities that support individual students’ development, acquisition of knowledge, and motivation. Practicum/field experience hours: 6. Fingerprint clearance not required.

Course Description

This course is designed to develop a broad range of research-based reading methodologies to enhance the learning strategies of middle and secondary school students. Major emphasis is placed on the use of reading strategies for culturally and socially diverse classrooms, including the use of literacy-based instruction in all content areas and understanding, evaluating, and promoting effective pedagogy in adolescent literacy. The development and use of integrated and thematic approaches of instruction are addressed. Teacher candidates are expected to observe and assist in a grade 7-12 classroom while taking this course. Practicum/field experience hours: 6. Fingerprint clearance required.

Program Locations



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Online and Evening program disclosures (8 months)

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