The secondary education certificate offered through Grand Canyon University’s Canyon L.E.A.P. to Teach program is intended for those looking to becoming a certified teacher of sixth through 12th grade who already hold a bachelor’s degree but do not currently hold a teacher’s license. The pathway equips candidates to work as a teacher of record in a middle or high school classroom by pursuing a non-traditional route to teacher licensure with the support of their school district.
Earn Your Secondary Teaching Certificate for Grades 6-12
This post-baccalaureate certificate serves as an alternative route for obtaining a teaching license, incorporating observation requirements, mentorship, hands-on teaching experience and theoretical knowledge of pedagogy.
By following this pathway, you can qualify yourself to make a significant impact on middle and secondary school students. Coursework in the program prepares students with skills and knowledge in:
- Planning, delivery and evaluation of standards-based instruction for secondary students
- Typical and atypical development of middle and high school students
- Realistic discipline plans for managing student and classroom behavior
- Research-based reading methodologies to enhance students’ learning strategies
- Creating culturally and socially diverse classrooms
- Strategies for English language learning students through Structured English Immersion and other instructional programs
This graduate-level coursework within GCU’s secondary teaching certificate program is focused on strategies that fit within the modern classroom, preparing you to serve the types of students who will actually be in your classroom.
What Is Canyon L.E.A.P. to Teach?
The Canyon L.E.A.P. to Teach pathway is an innovative, non-traditional approach to earning a teaching certificate. This structured L.E.A.P. program prepares teacher candidates to earn their secondary education certificate through an immersive learning experience that includes daytime teaching, professional development, mentor support and graduate coursework.
The secondary education program’s requirements include:
- Experience with formal and informal evaluations
- Four online GCU teacher education courses
- Six in-person Saturday workshops
- Culminating hands-on capstone project
- Professional development and mentoring
This comprehensive approach ensures that candidates are well-supported during every step of the pathway and are able to sufficiently develop their pedagogical skills.
Flexible Online Format and Evening Class Options Available
Programs following the Canyon L.E.A.P. to Teach path are designed to be accessible both for full-time students and for working professionals. Online and evening classes are offered.
Prepare yourself to make an impact as a certified teacher. Earn your Canyon L.E.A.P. to Teach secondary education certificate online or in-person from Grand Canyon University.
* 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.
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