Program Details

Master of Science in Sociology with an Emphasis in Education

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 34
Online: 8 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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Teach Sociology in Postsecondary Classrooms

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Science in Sociology with an Emphasis in Education degree program provides students intrigued by sociology with the opportunity to teach about our social world and society. This MS in sociology program offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences prepares students to teach undergraduate sociology courses at a two-year or four-year institution for both campus and online modalities.

This program focuses on four domains:

  • Pedagogy
  • Theoretical perspectives
  • Stratification and social change
  • Family and global perspectives

Students will develop competencies in:

  • Analyzing strategies for curriculum collaboration and design, evaluating adult learning theories and recommending best practices for incorporating technology for distance learning
  • Differentiating structural functionalism, conflict theory and symbolic interactionism with the ability to apply sociology perspectives to society issues
  • Examining facets of stratification and social change, along with how these concepts affect society
  • Surveying how family impacts society from various perspectives, as well as how society functions globally and among different cultures

Degree Outcomes

Lead in Sociology Education

Students evolve into critical thinkers who can analyze society structures and how society functions and changes. Graduates of the Master of Science in Sociology with an Emphasis in Education degree program will also be prepared to enter into a classroom as a leader skilled in clearly articulating sociology theories and aspects of the social world. GCU’s distinctive Christian worldview also plays an influential role within the program, which sheds light on how faith and Christianity affect how people socialize and interact. This further promotes values-based and ethical classroom leadership.

What You Will Learn

Connect Pedagogy with Sociology

Curriculum unique to this MS in sociology program balances sociology content with pedagogy and classroom techniques, so students learn to effectively engage their postsecondary students in the study of sociocultural perspectives, social change and sociological theories.

Course topics include:

  • Classical and modern sociology theories
  • Sociocultural perspective on the institution of family
  • Adult learning theory and pedagogical practices
  • World poverty, political order and social justice
  • Social movements creating or resisting social change
  • Intersection of sociology and pedagogy in the university setting

Career Outcomes

Promote the Study of Social Change and Society

Students will have the essential skills and knowledge to move their career toward teaching sociology at the postsecondary level. Along with teaching, this career path provides the opportunity for instructional design and developing activities, assessments, lesson plans and syllabi. This program also satisfies the requirements for ongoing professional development. Graduates may choose to continue their education to deepen their specialty in teaching and sociology.

Program Domains

Course List

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34 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
34 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the liberal arts. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

This course is designed to provide an overview of the field of sociology, especially for those whose previous exposure to sociology was some time ago. The course examines several major areas of interest to sociologists as well as the theories and types of research that sociologists often use to gain new knowledge in this academic discipline.

Course Description

In this course, students analyze the works of the great thinkers within the field of sociology. The three major schools of thought are examined in depth, including classical and modern theories of sociology. Students select sociological topics and engage in comparative analysis of the theories.

Course Description

This foundational course covers adult learning theory and pedagogical practices that are research-based and proven effective in higher education. Technology, distance learning, and effective pedagogy for online and traditional instruction are emphasized. Candidates research learning paradigms, personalized learning, and andragogy and are asked to apply their knowledge through situational case studies.

Course Description

This course takes a sociocultural perspective on the institution of the family. The role of the family within the functioning of society is examined. The course also compares the institution of the family around the world.

Course Description

This course examines social stratification within specific countries and around the globe. The course focuses on world poverty, world political order, and social justice on the world stage.

Course Description

This course covers curricular alignment, instructional design, and effective communication and collaboration amongst university stakeholders. Creating learning goals, developing student outcomes and assessments, and giving effective feedback are emphasized. Candidates are asked to collaboratively develop activities, assessments, lesson plans, and syllabi that would be appropriate for a course taught at a community college or university. Prerequisite: EDU-534.

Course Description

The course takes a sociohistorical perspective on societal change. An in-depth look at how social movements create or resist social change is provided.

Course Description

This course explores the intersection of sociology and pedagogy in the university setting. Pedagogical theory and elements of sociology are examined. Through pedagogical analysis, students look at the discipline of sociology and build a pedagogy for sociology in the university setting. The course uses an Introduction to Sociology textbook to analyze and scaffold an Introduction to Sociology course.

Program Locations



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 offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.


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. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

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Online and Evening program disclosures (18 months)

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