MEd in Secondary Education - STEM (Non-Licensure)

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

Offered By: College of Education

What is a Masters in STEM Education Degree?

The Master of Education in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in STEM NITL degree program at Grand Canyon University prepares students to lead STEM education for sixth grade to twelfth grade. Students learn to integrate grades 6–12 subject matters, including STEM and educational psychology, as well as various 21st century instructional methods and strategies to produce positive student outcomes.

This program targets educators who desire to not only impact education, but impact STEM fields that affect our everyday lives and determine our future. Graduates of this program will gain the skills and knowledge to provide a solid STEM foundation, interdisciplinary curriculum and hands-on learning experiences within their classroom. An emphasis on technology and classroom diversity exposes graduate students to modern classroom learning tools and identifies practices on how to best meet diverse student needs that promote the most effective learning.

As a result of the significant demand for more next-generation innovators in STEM disciplines, secondary educators skilled in STEM are also in high demand. This program serves as a pathway for teachers to help fulfill the shortage of STEM educators and pursue a career in motivating young learners to explore STEM, generating interest and curiosity in these critical areas, inspiring them to be passionate about the world, preparing them for STEM education at the postsecondary level and encouraging them to pursue a career as tomorrow’s leaders of innovation.

This program does not include a student teaching capstone, and therefore does not lead to an Institutional Recommendation (IR) from GCU to obtain certification. However, candidates will be required to complete practicum hours within the courses to prepare them 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 designed to meet the needs of the adult learner and build upon the content knowledge that the candidate already has in the subject areas. Courses are led by experts in their respective industries who use their knowledge and experience to teach graduate students in the areas of secondary education, STEM and educational psychology. All courses directly align with the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) and International Society of Technology Educators (ISTE) standards. Throughout the program, students have opportunities to apply concepts, theories and research. Secondary education field experiences also guide students through 100 hours of observational and practice-based learning. This 33-credit program does not lead to licensure.

What are the Program Requirements for Earning a Master’s in Secondary Education for STEM Degree?

This degree includes 33 credit hours and 101 required practicum hours. Learn from informative and interactive classes. Courses include Adolescent Literacy, Integrating STEM Methods for Middle and High School Instruction, Assessment and Evaluation for STEM Teachers, Creating and Managing Learning Environments and many others. Become prepared to be a secondary educator in the area of STEM. For information on the application process as well as admission requirements, visit our admissions page!

What Can You Do with A Non-Licensure Masters in STEM Education?

Potential career opportunities for program graduates include teaching positions in one or more STEM subject at the secondary level in private or public schools (where alternative certification is accepted*). Graduates may be assigned according to their subject matter specialty. Educational occupations include math or mathematics teacher, science teacher and secondary teacher.

*Candidates in this program are not issued an IR as they do not complete student teaching. Due to this, candidates would need to seek an alternative route to certification if applicable and state-identified.

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

Online: $545 per credit [More Info]

Course List

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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

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 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 STEM. 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 STEM 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 STEM 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 STEM 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 fundamental concepts of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Teacher candidates build foundational knowledge on a variety of age-appropriate inquiry-based instructional strategies to teach science, to build student understanding of personal and social applications, to convey the nature of science, and student development for the practice of skills that contribute to good health. Emphasis is placed on developing a deep understanding of the major concepts and procedures that define number and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis and probability and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways. Teacher candidates will build foundational knowledge on integrating engineering and technology concepts in Math and Science curriculum. Practicum/field experience hours: 12. Fingerprint clearance 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.

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

Program Domains

Online and Evening program disclosures (1.417 years)

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

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