Master's in Sociology (MS) - Education

Master of Science in Sociology with an Emphasis in Education

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Pursue Teaching with a Master’s in Sociology Education

A Master of Science in Sociology with an Emphasis in Education degree from Grand Canyon University allows individuals who are interested in the social world and society to pursue work in education. The Master’s in Sociology education program prepares graduates to lead Sociology courses for undergraduates at two-year or four-year institutions. In addition, graduates of the GCU sociology degree programs will be qualified to teach courses online.

Sociology education degree grads receive a well-rounded education. At GCU, the master’s in sociology education program focuses on four areas:

  • Teaching
  • Theory
  • Societal arrangement and change
  • Family and global perspectives

The theoretical and practical applications of both sociology and instruction are at the heart of this master’s in sociology education degree program.

The Benefits of an MS in Sociology Education

The world is becoming greatly interconnected. People are curious about the world around them. They are trying to make sense of how society is evolving. The Master’ of Science in Sociology with an Emphasis in Education ensures that more qualified instructors are teaching these concepts at the undergraduate level.

Sociology is often a requirement for certain degree paths. And as globalization is emphasized more by employers, future students will need to have a higher degree of understanding about societal structures. The need for sociology teachers will likely grow to meet these needs.

Earn Your Sociology Education Master’s Degree Online

Grand Canyon University offers an online master’s of sociology education degree for working professionals. The MS in sociology online classes engage students with the coursework needed to become a sociology teacher, while still allowing them to work and balance other priorities. The coursework for the online master’s in Sociology can be done at any time under the guidance of the same experienced faculty and adjunct staff who work on campus.

Content knowledge in the sociology domains and teaching skills make up the core focuses in the master of sociology education degree program at GCU. Postsecondary level sociology teachers will learn how to navigate preparing for and teaching content for sociology courses.

The topics of study in the MS of Sociology Education degree program include:

  • Curriculum design
  • Adult learning theory
  • Distance learning techniques
  • Differentiating structural functionalism, conflict theory and symbolic interactionism
  • Application of sociology perspectives
  • Stratification and social change
  • Family impact on society

Advance Your Career in Sociology Education

Master’s of Sociology teaching degree graduates from GCU are prepared to teach sociology at the undergraduate level. They may find work at:

  • Four-year universities or colleges
  • Local or junior colleges
  • Trade and technical schools
  • Educational research/publishing companies

Your interest in sociology can bring the world to life for future college students. Join us in the MS in Sociology with an Emphasis in Education degree program at GCU.

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/background clearance is required.

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Total Credits: 34
Online: 8 weeks
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Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)
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Course List

34 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
34 credits

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 course covers adult learning theory and instructional practices that are research-based and proven effective in higher education. Technology, online learning, and effective instructional methods for online and traditional instruction are emphasized. Participants research learning models, personalized learning and andragogy and apply their knowledge to improve student engagement and achievement in higher education.

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 applies learning theories to classroom instructional methods and strategies. Effective communication, creating learning goals, developing student outcomes and assessments, and giving effective feedback are emphasized. Participants are asked to develop activities, assessments, and lesson plans 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.


GCU Online Student

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 Evening Student

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.

* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.

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