Master of Arts (MA) in Communication Education

Master of Arts in Communication with an Emphasis in Education

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

What is a Master of Arts in Communication Education?

Grand Canyon University's Master of Arts (MA) in Communication with an Emphasis in Education degree program provides students who have a passion for communications with the opportunity to pursue a career in teaching. This degree prepares graduates to teach at the post-secondary level for either 2-year or 4-year institutions. In addition, graduates are capable of teaching both in-person and online.

The Master of Arts in communication education degree helps future educators understand and practice the wide range of communication skills needed in both personal and professional settings. In turn, the MA in communication graduate learns the leaderships and teaching skills necessary to teach these strategies to others. Critical thinkers with an interest in leadership and community building are great candidates for this communication master’s degree program at GCU.

Earn Your MA in Communication at GCU

The Master of Arts in Communication with an Emphasis in Education degree program at Grand Canyon University is structured around three domains: pedagogy, theory and practice. By building a communication degree around these three areas, GCU ensures that graduates will be well-prepared to fulfill leadership roles in this field.

Master of communication graduates focus on adult-learning theory and best practices for teaching adult learners. These methods include teaching in communication online programs.

Communication theory focuses on cultural use of communication. Theories about organizational and societal use of communication are compared. Master of Arts in communication education graduates investigate theories around corporate social responsibility, public policy and spheres of influence related to ethics and messaging.

Masters in communication education grads at GCU practice what they learn. They study communication in personal and professional environments. They conduct audience analysis and learn to measure communication campaigns.

In this MA in communication degree program, graduates also learn about:

  • Relationships and communication in the workplace
  • Social influencing
  • Communications case studies and best practices
  • Argumentation and persuasion strategies
  • Adult learning
  • Student comprehension
  • Media consumption
  • Strategic communication for diverse audiences
  • Media literacy

What Types of Jobs are Available with a Masters in Communication Education

GCU graduates with an MA in Communication with an Emphasis in Education degree will be equipped to act as communications leaders in many fields. They may find work as:

  • College professors
  • Adjunct faculty
  • PR specialists
  • Communications managers
  • SEO or content writers

Communications educators have many options when it comes to potential workplaces. These settings include:

  • Public and private colleges and universities
  • Technical/vocational schools and programs
  • Government offices
  • Private businesses and corporations

If teaching the next generation of communicators and influencers sounds like a dream job, get started on your path today. Join your fellow future communication educators at GCU and earn your Master of Arts (MA) in Communication with an Emphasis in Education degree.

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Total Credits: 34
Online: 8 weeks
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Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)
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Course List

34 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
34 credits

Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the liberal arts. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

This course focuses on theories of interpersonal communication and their application in a variety of professional contexts. The course builds upon a foundation of relational communication theories to address problems that arise in workplace relationships, including leadership communication, managing emotions at work, working in groups, and becoming social influencers. The course builds skills in direct and indirect messaging, listening, managing perceptions and workplace identity, negotiating conflict, and more.

Course Description

This course covers theoretical approaches to organizational culture; the processes by which organizations, create, manage, and modify organizational culture; and the ways in which organizational culture is communicated to both internal and external audiences. The course also investigates organizations’ larger relationships with society through examining corporate social responsibility, public policy, and ethics and by considering how organizations manage these spheres of influence and weigh business decisions in the larger context of the collective community in which organizations operate.

Course Description

This course covers adult learning theory and instructional practices that are research-based and proven effective in higher education. Technology, online learning, and effective instructional methods for online and traditional instruction are emphasized. Participants research learning models, personalized learning and andragogy and apply their knowledge to improve student engagement and achievement in higher education.

Course Description

This course focuses on the concepts and theories of strategic communication and their relevance for constructing effective and ethical organizational messages for diverse audiences. The course prepares communicators to make organizational messages meaningful to stakeholders within organizations as well as stakeholders outside organizations. Through an emphasis on real-world applications, students learn how to ethically and effectively persuade through carefully crafted, contextually sensitive messages. The course does so by examining principles and theories of argumentation, persuasion, and behavior change. Students practice skills associated with these concepts as they apply to future career contexts.

Course Description

This course emphasizes principles of pedagogy and student learning in the context of communication studies. Students are encouraged to apply education frameworks and praxis-based training to a communication classroom. Through an emphasis on real-world organizational development, traditional theories of student comprehension, and modern pedagogy, this course prepares students to teach a diverse and eclectic range of communication courses.

Course Description

This course applies learning theories to classroom instructional methods and strategies. Effective communication, creating learning goals, developing student outcomes and assessments, and giving effective feedback are emphasized. Participants are asked to develop activities, assessments, and lesson plans that would be appropriate for a course taught at a community college or university. Prerequisite: EDU-534.

Course Description

Students in this course learn the underlying theories, methodologies, and effects of media consumption. This course emphasizes the role and influence of television, radio, social media, internet blogs and websites, and other media outlets on a globalized, interconnected world. The course builds on these concepts by encouraging students to critically evaluate ever-present media messages through applied projects and group work.

Course Description

This course investigates the interactions between organizational structure and communication within organizations. Theoretical and methodological analyses are emphasized. Specifically, students in the course examine how discourse, meanings, symbols, and information flow in organizational context.


GCU Online Student

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere.

GCU Evening Student

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom.

* 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.

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