Inspire Young Minds by Teaching Humanities
The Master of Education in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in Humanities ITL degree program at Grand Canyon University can prepare you to work toward becoming a licensed secondary education teacher (grades 6–12) with a specialty in teaching humanities. If you enjoy being a part of helping guide your students through exposure to history, other cultures, literature, languages and other humanities education, this degree may be right for you.
The study of humanities and social sciences can vary widely in scope and may include the following areas:
- English literature
As a humanities education teacher, you may have the opportunity to help students:
- Ask questions about the world
- Understand diversity and the human condition
- Contemplate contemporary society through a historical lens
- Cultivate writing and reading skills
- Learn to think creatively
- Become informed and critical citizens
In this master’s in secondary education degree program, you will study how to teach grades 6–12 subjects, including English, social studies, history and education psychology. The program emphasizes technology and diversity in education, as well as modern teaching methods and strategies to improve student achievement in the 21st century classroom.
Cultivate Curiosity in Students with Humanities Education
Teaching humanities in high school and middle school can prepare you to connect with your future students and help them with life beyond school. Humanities education is important for all, as it explores fundamental questions about who we are, where we are in life (theoretically speaking), and how we got there.1 Humanities courses often require students to develop critical thinking skills, to engage in thoughtful reflection and to recognize that the world is a diverse place that is full of different perspectives. GCU’s faith-integrated curriculum incorporates a Christian worldview, which cultivates an ethical and moral approach to education.
As a humanities educator, you will be taught the skills needed to, in turn, equip your students in middle school or high school with the tools they need to move forward in life with curiosity. It’s available through online classes or on-campus in the evening. Your coursework will conclude with a full-time, 15-week student teaching course.
Teach Middle and High School Humanities with Your MEd Degree
Upon completing your education degree in humanities, whether through online or on-campus studies, and obtaining your teaching license, you'll be prepared to pursue teaching roles at both the secondary and postsecondary levels. This applies to a range of subjects within public or private educational institutions. Teachers may be designated to a certain area based on their subject matter specialty.
Institutionally Accredited Courses for Advancing as a Humanities Teacher
This institutionally accredited and Arizona State Board of Education-approved program is designed specifically for adult learners who would like to build on their knowledge to deepen their understanding of educational methodologies and practices. Professionals in their respective fields lead courses with the goal of creating knowledgeable humanities teachers by sharing their own knowledge and experiences in secondary education, humanities and educational psychology.
All courses meet the standards from the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) and the International Society of Technology Educators (ISTE). You will also participate in secondary education field experiences that guide you through 100 hours of practice-based and observational experiences. These experiential learning opportunities prepare you to practice applying concepts, theories and research in classroom settings.
MEd in Secondary Education: Humanities Emphasis FAQs
Whether you’re already teaching humanities in the classroom and thinking about advancing your own education, or you’re just beginning a career in teaching, you’ll have plenty to think about as you plan your career path. Use the following answers to frequently asked questions to guide your decision-making process about your future career in humanities education.
Prepare to share your passion for humanities education and inspire the rising generations of students. Apply today for enrollment in GCU’s master’s in secondary education with a humanities emphasis.
If seeking licensure or certification, applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. In addition, fingerprint and background clearance is required.
1 Mintz, Steven (2021, Aug. 30). Why We Need the Humanities in Today’s Career-Focused World. Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved on August 10, 2023.
2 Excluding observational and practice-based experiences, and student teaching.
3 Lesley, Younge (2020, May 3). What is a “Humanities” class? Teacher Lesley. Retrieved on August 10, 2023.
4 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2023, Jan. 10). How to become a high school teacher. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved August 3, 2023.
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