Grand Canyon University

M.Ed. in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in Humanities (ITL)


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.Ed. in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in Humanities (ITL)

Format: Online

Program Description:

What is Humanities Education and Why is it Important at the Secondary Level?

The Master of Education in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in Humanities ITL degree program at Grand Canyon University (GCU) prepares students to become a licensed junior high or high school teacher (grades 6–12) who has a specialty in humanities education. The study of humanities and social sciences varies widely in scope and may include the areas of history, geography, civics, fine and performing arts, cultural and sociological influences, languages and English literature.

Humanities educators help students:

    Ask questions about the world
    Analyze human behavior
    Understand diversity and the human experience
    Contemplate contemporary society
    Cultivate writing and reading skills
    Learn to think creatively
    Become informed and critical citizens

Humanities educators impact their students by not only developing them into knowledgeable citizens, but into individuals who understand social equality, how to think critically and form their own thoughts while respecting others. Graduate students learn to combine grade 6–12 subjects that cover English, social studies, history and education psychology. The program emphasizes technology and diversity in education, as well as provides modern teaching methods and strategies to improve student achievement in the 21st century classroom.

Why Earn Your Masters in Secondary Education for Humanities at GCU?

This regionally accredited and Arizona State Board of Education approved program is designed specifically for adult learners and builds on their knowledge to deepen understanding in education. Experts in their respective fields lead courses and develop humanities teachers by sharing their knowledge and experiences in secondary education, humanities and educational psychology.

All courses meet the standards from the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) and the International Society of Technology Educators (ISTE). They also participate in secondary education field experiences that guide students through 100 hours of practice-based and observational experiences with the opportunity to apply their concepts, theories and research in real classroom settings.

The master’s in teaching secondary education degree program concludes with a full-time, 15-week student teaching course. Also, the faith-integrated curriculum incorporates a Christian worldview, which cultivates an ethical and moral approach to education.

What is the Difference between Initial Licensure and Non-Licensure Programs at GCU?

A program that leads to licensure, such as this MEd in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in Humanities degree, is ideal for students who are looking to earn their initial teaching license and may already have a bachelor’s degree in a non-teaching field. Education students who pursue an education degree with licensure will be prepared to earn a teaching certificate by completing practical field experience and pass the state exam for teaching licensure.

The non-licensure version of the master’s in secondary humanities degree program is shorter in duration as it does not include the 15-week student teaching component. This is ideal for those that already have their teaching license but looking to advance their education career.

Therefore, this program may better apply to those who cannot complete this requirement. In addition, program completion will be a semester shorter because this pathway has 33 total credits, as opposed to 41 credits with the licensure pathway.

Please note that candidates who take this pathway cannot obtain an Institutional Recommendation (IR) from GCU. This program does lead to teacher certification. Practicum hours, state exams, student teaching and an institutional recommendation from GCU are required.

What Can You Do with a Masters in Humanities Education Degree?

Graduates may pursue teaching in one or more subjects, such as language arts or social studies, in public or private schools. Teachers may be designated to a certain area based on their subject matter specialty. Potential career opportunities include a language arts teacher, social studies teacher, art teacher, music teacher and more at the secondary and postsecondary level.

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.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

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