Initial Program – Leads To Initial Teacher Licensure
Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Prepare to Become a Licensed English Teacher in Secondary Education
Grand Canyon University's (GCU) Bachelor of Arts in English for Secondary Education degree program is designed to provide future middle and high school educators with the knowledge and hands-on training needed to be successful English teachers in tomorrow's diverse and rapidly changing classrooms.
This Bachelor of Arts in English degree program is available from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in conjunction with the College of Education. When you graduate from this Bachelor of Arts in secondary education degree program, you will meet requirements for the secondary education certificate in English. You will also qualify for middle school and high school grade endorsements, which allow you to teach in grades 5-12.
Programs leading to teacher certification may require practicum hours, state exams, student teaching and an institutional recommendation from GCU.
Explore Research-Based Teaching Theories
As a teacher candidate at GCU, you can acquire a deep breadth of content knowledge as well as research-based theories and practices prior to teaching in a classroom. This Bachelor of Arts in secondary education program prepares graduates to use the skills of the English educator, such as research, critical thinking and effective communication in your future educational settings. You then apply these skills in secondary education classrooms through required practicum and student-teacher experiences.
You will be required to complete two different real-world experiences: a practicum and student teaching. Your practicum will allow you to explore teaching English using a variety of methods and strategies toward middle and high school learners. Student teaching occurs in a real-world secondary classroom in conjunction with GCU's Office of Field Experience.
What You Will Learn
Gain Classroom Skills
The English for secondary education program can be completed in approximately four years through completion of general education credits and major credits within both education and English. In addition, you will study:
- Effective communication
- English language and its evolution throughout history
- Teaching theories
- Applicable classroom techniques
Prepare to Teach as a Middle or High School Teacher
A shortage of qualified teachers both in Arizona and nationally has led the Bureau of Labor Statistics to forecast an increase in the number of middle school students in coming years.* This is an excellent time to prepare to teach secondary school students in public and private educational institutions.
*Information obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Last updated October 17, 2017