Program Details

Master of Education in Secondary EducationInitial Program – Does Not Lead to Initial Teacher Licensure

Offered By: College of Education

Med in Secondary Education – Non Licensure

Prepare for Your Future as a Private Secondary Teacher

The College of Education's Master of Education (MEd) in Secondary Education offers the instruction and practice to enhance your methodologies in teaching students in sixth through 12th grade classrooms. Through a combination of theory and applied practice, gain the knowledge to effectively lead in today's diverse classrooms middle and high school classrooms.

In the MEd in Secondary Education program, you learn strategies to promote student mastery of learning objectives and research ways to improve school outcomes. Core coursework emphasizes critical thinking and communication skills, increasing your readiness for adolescent teaching. Although this master's program does not lead to credentialing, it includes field experiences to prepare you for promotion, future certification or teaching in institutions that do not require a license.

Note: This program was recently revised. Disclosure statistics on this program before it was revised indicated 66% of students graduated on time (within 20 months) and graduated with a median loan debt of $32,200.

Degree Outcomes

Learn to Manage and Engage Your Class

The MEd in Secondary Education degree program includes the foundations for prepare you to act as an outstanding educator. The master’s in secondary education program also includes a focus on classroom management and engagement. Study methods to enrich, evaluate and assess student learning. You also review secondary content, technology in the 21st century classroom and curriculum planning and design in addition to working with English language learners.

What You Will Learn

Study Our MEd in Secondary Education Curriculum

In this program, you examine:

  • Lesson planning, development, assessment and methods to engage diverse learners
  • Advanced methods for teaching English language learners elementary subjects
  • Sixth through 12th grade classroom management
  • Serving students with exceptional needs
  • Adolescent growth and development
  • Research and analysis of evidence-based science learning concepts

Career Outcomes

Discover Your Career Options in Education

The Master of Education in Secondary Education program provides the necessary framework for an advanced career in teaching. Graduates of this masters of education program will have the training to pursue a career in middle school, junior high or high school teaching at a private or community education center, academic support organization or other education-focused enterprise.

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Total Program Credits: 30
Online: 6 weeks
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)

Online: $545 per credit [More Info]

Course List

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30 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
30 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

Teacher candidates will survey the philosophical, historical, and sociological influences upon which educational theories and practices are constructed and explore a variety of the common issues, trends, and opportunities that professional educators face in the field. Candidates will prepare for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University by developing and strengthening the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the College of Education. Practicum/field experience hours: 2. Fingerprint clearance not required.

Course Description

Candidates examine the United States Constitution, and the constitution of the State of Arizona. From this foundational review, candidates will explore application of the United States Constitution and the constitution of the State of Arizona in educational contexts. Practicum/field experience hours: 3. Fingerprint clearance not required.

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: 15. Fingerprint clearance not required. Prerequisite: SEC-501.

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

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

Teacher candidates will investigate multiple methods of assessment that support student engagement, monitoring student progress, and guiding decision-making. Candidates will build foundational knowledge regarding formal and informal assessment strategies for planning, evaluating, and strengthening instruction to promote continuous intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of each student. Practicum/field experience hours: 15. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course is designed to foster application of proven teaching and learning methodologies for both instructor and student in order to make appropriate and data-driven decisions about all aspects of teaching. Major emphasis is focused on planning instructional objectives and lessons, assessing objectives, and developing teaching methodology that encourages problem solving, active participation, and assessment. Practicum/field experience hours: 15. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: SEC-515 or SEC-516 or SEC-517.

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 5-12 classroom while taking this course. Practicum/field experience hours: 15. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

In this course, teacher candidates continue to examine the fundamentals of the legal, historical, and educational foundations of Structured English Immersion and other instructional programs for English language learners. Theoretical principles of language acquisition and the role of culture in learning are examined. Methods of assessment are identified and analyzed. Teacher candidates identify strategies to promote English language development and improve student achievement. They plan, deliver, and evaluate instruction for English language learners. Practicum/field experience hours: 15. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

Various orientations to curriculum development and assessment are investigated and elements of model curricula are examined. Emphasis is placed on understanding current structures and trends in high schools, as well as critical issues, as these relate to curriculum and assessment. Course content is strategically planned to enable participants to make informed curriculum decisions to meet the needs of a diverse student population. Also emphasized is the alignment of educational objectives to standards and building both formative and summative assessments, including rubrics to analyze student learning. This course focuses on the principles and practices involved in curriculum design. Teacher candidates develop their own curriculum unit. Practicum/field experience hours: 15. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: SEC-540.

Program Locations

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 that are not presently offered as program availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability of the program.

Program Domains

Online and Evening program disclosures (1.333 years)

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.

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