Online Master's in Humanities Education for Secondary Education

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

Offered By: College of Education

Become a Secondary Education Humanities Teacher in Nevada

The Master of Education (MEd) in Secondary Humanities Education degree at Grand Canyon University (GCU) is designed to prepare you to pursue licensure as a middle school or high school teacher. The humanities education coursework teaches you how to lead classes related to language arts, social studies and the arts. You will have opportunities to examine and practice core competencies and skills that are necessary in this field, including teaching strategies and classroom management. 

This master’s in humanities education degree is designed to provide teaching candidates in Nevada an Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL). Education students who pursue an education degree with licensure will be taught the skills needed to prepare them to earn a teaching certificate by completing practical field experiences and go on to pass the state exam for teaching licensure. 

If you have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education, you can use the ARL program to meet the Nevada state requirements while continuing to work in the classroom. Upon graduating from this online master’s in humanities education degree program, you will be eligible to pursue a teaching license in Nevada. 

Benefits of Earning a Secondary Education Master’s in Humanities From GCU


New jobs estimated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to open for high school teachers from 2022-20321

The MEd in Secondary Humanities Education program is designed for teachers who plan to work while also attending school. In Nevada, teachers under the ARL program are looking for ways to achieve standard licensing. This program can help working teachers stay in the classroom while also earning a master’s degree and licensure.

There are many perks of being a teacher with a master’s degree, including:

  • Knowledge of modern teaching practices
  • Continuing professional development opportunities
  • Potential to focus on a specialization
  • Possible opportunities to pursue leadership roles within a school
  • Opportunity to stay on top of advances in education

When you work toward your master’s degree in secondary humanities education at GCU, you can complete your coursework online from almost anywhere while still meeting the obligations of your current teaching role. The online classes are taught by full-time who have knowledge in the field. Working full-time and going to school can be challenging, but the flexibility and accessibility of an online program can help you to juggle work and continuing education responsibilities.

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Coursework Covered in This Humanities Education Master’s Program

In addition to advanced teacher education topics, you will study adolescent development and psychology in order to plan and create individualized classroom experiences that best meet the needs of your students. Coursework from this master’s in humanities education includes:

  • The development of a collaborative relationship between families and schools to support student learning
  • Classroom management skills
  • Methods of curriculum planning
  • Literacy-based instruction for adolescents, with an emphasis on culturally and socially diverse classrooms
  • Arts education
  • Supporting English language learners
  • Special education strategies

Career Paths for Secondary Education Master’s in Humanities Education Graduates

Upon completing this master's degree program, you will have the opportunity to learn the skills and tools needed that can meet qualifications to teach various subjects within the humanities fields. By studying current educational research and modern teaching techniques in this program that focuses on running an engaging classroom, you may be able to pursue postsecondary and secondary education teaching positions.  

GCU Offers Institutionally Accredited Master of Education Programs

For those teachers in Nevada looking for a way through the ARL process, your search is over. By earning your MEd in Secondary Humanities Education degree at GCU, you can remain in the classroom, earn an advanced degree and become eligible for standard licensing. GCU holds institutional accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission, signifying that it provides quality education recognized and endorsed by its fellow educational institutions.

Secondary Education Master’s for Humanities Education FAQs

As you think about your desired career pathway, you may have some questions before you commit to earning a master’s degree. Explore the following FAQs and answers, which may help guide your decision-making.

Total Credits: 44
Online: 6 weeks
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Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)
Online: $605 per credit
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Humanities teachers can cover a diverse range of subjects that focus on include the following: 

  • Literature 
  • Language arts
  • History
  • Philosophy

Within these subject areas, humanities teachers may also guide students in developing critical thinking skills and curiosity about the world around them.

The major areas of humanities pertain to the study of human culture and societies. The major areas of humanities are as follows:2

  • History
  • Philosophy and religion
  • Language arts (including literature)
  • Foreign languages

The MEd requires a total of 44 credits for completion. The online courses are six weeks in length. To better understand how long it might take to earn your master’s degree in humanities education, fill out the form on this page to speak to a university counselor.

While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not offer specific details for a humanities teacher, the BLS does state that, “about 67,100 openings for high school teachers are projected each year, on average, over the decade” (from 2022 to 2032).1 Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.1

If you would like the opportunity to inspire the next generation of young learners as a humanities teacher, apply for enrollment in GCU’s online master’s in humanities degree program.

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 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2023, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, High School Teachers, retrieved on Oct. 3, 2023. 

2 Humanities in Action (n.d.). What Are the Humanities? Retrieved on August 3, 2023. 

Course List

44 credits
Degree Requirements:
44 credits

Core Courses

Course Description

Teacher candidates will survey the philosophical, historical, and sociological influences upon which secondary educational theories and practices are constructed and explore a variety of the common issues, trends, and opportunities that professional educators encounter in the field. Emphasis is placed on deepening understanding of personal biases and accessing resources to promote ethical practice, build strong relationships, and uphold the expectations of the profession. 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: None. 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 early adolescents and 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 the development of adolescents will allow candidates to build foundational knowledge for constructing learning opportunities that support individual students’ development, acquisition of knowledge, and motivation. Emphasis is placed on creating a collaborative environment to enhance student learning and well-being. Practicum/field experience hours: None. Fingerprint clearance not required. Prerequisite: SEC-502.

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 or approved enrollment in the Graduate Certificate of Completion Canyon L.E.A.P. to Teach, Secondary Education.

Course Description

Teacher candidates will investigate multiple methods of assessment that support student engagement, monitor student progress, and guide decision-making, specifically to Humanities classrooms. 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: 10. 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

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: 11. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

In this course, teacher candidates examine the fundamentals of the legal, historical, and educational foundations of Structured English Immersion (SEI) 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. Through Universal Design for Learning they plan, deliver, and evaluate standards based 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 specific to the areas of Humanities. Emphasis is placed on understanding current structures and trends in middle and 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 in Humanities classrooms 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 for Humanities classrooms. Teacher candidates develop their own curriculum unit. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required.

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 Student Teaching Evaluation of Performance (STEP). Fingerprint clearance required. Fingerprint clearance required.


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