MEd in Secondary Education Degree - Humanities (Non-licensure)

Master of Education in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in HumanitiesInitial Program – Does Not Lead to Initial Teacher Licensure

Offered By: College of Education

What is a Masters in Secondary Education for Humanities Degree?

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Education in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in Humanities NITL degree program prepares candidates to teach humanities education in grades 6–12 classrooms. This program is geared toward students who aspire to be a secondary teacher with an interest in the study of humanities and social sciences.

These areas may include:

  • History
  • Social Sciences
  • English/Language Arts
  • Creative Writing
  • Business Education
  • Communications
  • Languages
  • Fine Arts

Students also focus on technology and diversity in the classroom, while learning how to integrate grades 6–12 subject matters including English, social studies, history and psychology. Humanities educators expose students to a wide range of topics, such as understanding human behavior, the human experience, contemporary society and diversity, that help form them into knowledgeable and critical citizens.

What You Will Learn:

Students will also develop and understanding of and competencies in:

  • Philosophical, historical and sociological influences that construct secondary educational theories and practices
  • Adolescent growth, learning patterns and developmental variations
  • Educational needs of students with mild to moderate disabilities
  • Techniques for classroom engagement, management and discipline
  • Humanities curriculum development and student assessment
  • Application of teaching and learning methodologies Adolescent and literacy-based instruction
  • Instructional strategies to encourage deep understanding of humanities concepts

Because this program does not include a student teaching capstone, it does not lead to an Institutional Recommendation (IR) from GCU to obtain certification. Completing practicum hours within the courses is a requirement to prepare to teach in the grades 6–12 settings. What does it mean to earn a Non-Licensure Degree at GCU?

This regionally accredited program is developed to maximize learning for the adult learner and expand on previously gained content knowledge. Courses are taught by faculty members who have expertise, knowledge and experience in their respective fields, including secondary education, humanities and educational psychology.

All courses are designed to align with standards set by the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) and International Society of Technology Educators (ISTE). Students have opportunities to apply research, concepts and theories. Secondary educational field experiences build upon students’ learning and provide guidance on 100 hours of observational and practice-based experiences. This program does not lead to licensure.

What Are the Program Requirements?

This program includes 33 total credit hours, 101 practicum hours, and 11 different classes. These classes include Adolescent Literacy, Adolescent Psychology, Methods and Strategies for Middle and High School Teachers, A Survey of Special Education and many more. These courses equip students to become a humanities education post-graduation. To apply for this degree, visit the admissions page for more information on GCU’s admission requirements.

What Can You Do with A Non-Licensure Degree in Education for Humanities?

This program prepares students for a career in education teaching one or more subjects, such as language arts or social studies, at the secondary level in public or private schools (where alternative certification is accepted*). Teacher may be assigned according to subject matter specialty. Potential positions include language arts teacher, social studies teacher, art teacher, music teacher and secondary teacher.

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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS & COURSE LENGTH:
Total Program Credits: 33
Online: 6 weeks
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TRANSFER CREDITS:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)
PROGRAM TUITION RATE:
Online: $565 per credit [More Info]

Course List

Major:
33 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
33 credits

Program 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 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: None. 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 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: None. Fingerprint clearance not required. Prerequisite: SEC-501 or SEC-502.

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

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

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 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

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

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.

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.

Program Locations

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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.

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Program Domains

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

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