Prepare to Teach Humanities in Grades 6-12 Classrooms
The Master of Education in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in Humanities Non-Initial Teaching Licensure (NITL) degree at Grand Canyon University can elevate your academic credentials for teaching humanities in grades 6–12 classrooms. This graduate-level education degree is designed for working teachers who already hold a teaching license or certificate in their state and who wish to enhance their academic qualifications and effectiveness in the classroom. With a broad approach to humanities subjects, the curriculum is well-suited for those who wish to teach any humanities course — from history to creative writing.
Pursue Your Master of Education: Humanities Emphasis From GCU
These online or evening graduate courses are geared toward students who aspire to enhance their teaching skills and have an interest in the study of humanities and social sciences.
Experienced faculty will focus on the topics of technology and diversity in the classroom while teaching you how to integrate humanities into grades 6–12 subject matters, including English, social studies, history and psychology. Humanities educators teach a wide range of topics, such as understanding human behavior, human experience, contemporary society and diversity, that may encourage you to become a knowledgeable and impactful contributor in secondary school settings.
Opportunities to Advance Your Skills in Teaching Humanities
You will be taught to develop an understanding of the following competencies in humanities education:
- 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
- Curriculum development and student assessment specific to the humanities classroom
- Application of teaching and learning methodologies and instructional strategies to develop a deeper understanding of humanities concepts
- Evaluating and promoting effective pedagogy in adolescent literacy
Insight Into Humanities Coursework and Subjects
This institutionally accredited program is developed to maximize learning opportunities for working professionals and to expand on competencies that teachers are expected to have obtained during undergraduate coursework. Humanities graduate courses are taught by faculty members who are knowledgeable in their respective fields, including secondary education, humanities and educational psychology.
Throughout your humanities courses, you will have opportunities to apply research, concepts and theories in practical settings. Secondary educational field experiences can build upon your learning and provide guidance on a minimum of 100 hours of observational and practice-based experiences. This program does not lead to licensure.
Career Paths for MEd in Secondary Education: Humanities Emphasis Graduates
This master’s program with a humanities emphasis may be ideal for educators who have already earned their teaching license with the completion of a bachelor’s program. This non-licensure degree in education for humanities can prepare you to continue teaching one or more subjects at the secondary level in public or private schools (where alternative certification is accepted), such as:1
- Language arts
- Social studies
Teachers may be assigned according to their subject matter specialty. This Master of Education: humanities emphasis may also be appropriate for teachers who wish to pursue employment as a professor at community colleges and similar institutes of higher learning that accept master’s and/or doctoral degrees.2
GCU Offers Institutionally Accredited Education Programs
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has continually accredited GCU since 1968. The College of Education shares the university’s commitment to upholding the principles and standards established by our accrediting bodies. As an institutionally accredited university, GCU is proud to stand by the quality of our education and the competence and dedication of our instructors.
Additionally, all humanities courses are designed to align with standards set by the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) and International Society of Technology Educators (ISTE).
Master of Education (MEd) in Secondary Education: Humanities Emphasis FAQs
Before you take the next step in your education and career path, you may wish to conduct some background research on degree and career pathway options. GCU has assembled some frequently asked questions and answers to help guide your decision-making process.
Enjoy opportunities to improve your teaching skills so that you can more effectively inspire the young minds of tomorrow as a humanities teacher. Apply today for enrollment in GCU’s evening or online master’s: humanities emphasis 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 BestColleges (2023, May 24). What are the humanities? Retrieved Nov. 20, 2023.
2 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2023, Sept. 6). How to become a postsecondary teacher. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved Nov. 20, 2023.
3 National Endowment for the Humanities (2013, Dec. 11). The humanities belong to everyone. Retrieved Nov. 20, 2023.
4 Gale. (n.d.). Humanities and social sciences. Retrieved Nov. 20, 2023.
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