Program Details

Master of Education in Secondary Humanities Education Initial Program – Leads to Initial Teacher Licensure

Offered By: College of Education
Next Start Date: Jan 18, 2018
Program Now Enrolling
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 44
Online: 6 weeks [ More Info ]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $515 per credit. [ More Info ]
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Overview

Lead Classrooms in Humanities Education

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Education in Secondary Humanities Education provides an academic pathway for students who want to teach adolescents and young adults in language arts, social studies, art or music. The College of Education offers this Nevada-approved program for aspiring teachers who seek alternative route to licensure (ARL) in the state of Nevada. Curriculum in this masters in secondary humanities education is specially designed to meet the needs of master’s-level students and aligns with standards from the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) and International Society of Technology Educators (ISTE). Experts in their respective fields teach courses based on shared knowledge and experience in secondary education, humanities and educational psychology.

Students in the secondary humanities education degree have opportunities to apply concepts, theories and research throughout the program—particularly in secondary education field experiences. These guide students through 126 hours of observational and practice-based learning. Then during the final semester, students will engage in a full-time, 15-week student teaching component. Teacher candidates are required to produce documentation of successful completion of required Nevada teaching exams (in language arts, social studies, art or music) in order to progress in this program.

Degree Outcomes

Help Students Excel in Learning Humanities Concepts

Graduates will be skilled in research-based methodologies, secondary learning strategies, literacy-based instruction and major concepts in humanities. These concepts include social studies, English language arts and the arts through modes in inquiry from an integrated study of history, geography, social sciences, reading, writing and oral language. Courses and hands-on learning experiences also ensure students can plan and implement instruction based on student assessments and rigorous learning goals.

This online masters in secondary humanities education program further ensures students develop competency in professional responsibility. This means graduates are in a position to pursue ongoing professional learning and the ability to apply evidence for continual practice improvement. Graduates assume the responsibility for student learning and growth and professional advancement. Teacher candidates must complete an ARL application packet as a requirement to obtain the ARL conditional license and make progress in the program. Before the start of classes, students must renew their application packet annually.

What You Will Learn

Meet Diverse Student Needs, Impact Learning Outcomes

Students gain a foundation in graduate learning, while exploring how to create inclusive learning environments and implement technology tools. Students also learn to teach based on individual growth and needs—recognizing that learning and development varies across cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional and physical areas. Designing and implementing instruction that addresses diverse needs helps students accelerate their learning.

Course topics include:

  • Influences of family relationships and community environments
  • Introduction to needs of students with mild to moderate disabilities
  • Survey of varying ways students grow and develop
  • Classroom engagement and management
  • Evaluation and strategies for middle and high school teachers
  • Educational foundations of Structured English Immersion

Career Outcomes

Pursue Your Passion in Secondary Education

By earning a masters in secondary humanities education , graduates can share their passion for the humanities with students. This program leads to careers in teaching students in one or more subjects, including language arts or social studies, at the secondary level in public or private schools (may be designated according to subject matter specialty). Potential positions include language arts, social studies, art or music secondary teacher.

Course List

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Major:
44 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
44 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

In this course, candidates explore how issues related to family relationships and community environments influence classroom dynamics. Emphasis is placed on promoting an equal partnership between families and schools to make collaborative decisions that support student learning outcomes and school policies, practices, and programs. Candidates explore how to create a welcoming classroom and school atmosphere where families feel valued, connected to the school staff, and engaged in the education of their children. Candidates also investigate strategies for collaborating with community resources that can assist families and schools to foster a healthy home and school connection. Practicum/field experience hours: None. Fingerprint clearance not required.

Course Description

Teacher candidates are introduced to the educational needs of students with mild to moderate disabilities and their families, including the definitions, characteristics, prevalence, causes and educational approaches to these disabilities and disorders. Teacher candidates will identify cognitive, linguistic, social and emotional patterns of learning and development for students with mild to moderate disabilities. Teacher candidates also survey the special education process involving the application of various laws and regulations. Practicum/field experience hours: 6. 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.

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.

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: 15. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

Teacher candidates examine a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students to develop a deeper understanding of the major concepts contained within Social Studies, English Language Arts, and the Arts through modes of inquiry from the integrated study of history, geography, the social sciences, reading, writing, oral language, and their influences that build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways. Teacher candidates integrate instructional content, academic functions, formative and summative assessments, media and technology to engage learning. Teacher candidates apply their foundational knowledge of reading, language, and child development to teach reading, writing, speaking, viewing, listening, and comprehension skills to middle and high school students. Candidates also help these students successfully apply their developing skills to different situations, materials, and ideas. Practicum/field experience hours: 12. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: SEC-505.

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.

Course Description

Teacher candidates are engaged in the student teaching experience that includes practical classroom experiences, research, analysis, and teaching to support the creation of a Teacher Work Sample (TWS). Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisites: Successful completion of all courses in POS and content area; a 3.0 GPA; successful completion of NES or your state’s mandated content area exams; and approval and placement by the College of Education Office of Clinical Practice. All paperwork for student teaching must be submitted by the due date the semester prior to student teaching.

Program Locations

Online

Online

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