Grand Canyon University

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


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

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

Format: Online

Program Description:

What is a Masters in Secondary Education for Humanities Degree?

Grand Canyon University’s Master of Education in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in Humanities NITL degree program prepares candidates to teach humanities education in grades 6– 12 classrooms. This program is geared toward students who aspire to be a secondary teacher with an interest in the study of humanities and social sciences. These areas may include history, geography, civics, fine and performing arts, cultural and sociological influences, languages and English literature.

Students also focus on technology and diversity in the classroom, while learning how to integrate grades 6–12 subject matters including English, social studies, history and psychology. Humanities educators expose students to a wide range of topics, such as understanding human behavior, the human experience, contemporary society and diversity, that help form them into knowledgeable and critical citizens.

Students will also develop and understanding of and competencies in:

    Philosophical, historical and sociological influences that construct secondary educational theories and practices
    Adolescent growth, learning patterns and developmental variations
    Educational needs of students with mild to moderate disabilities
    Techniques for classroom engagement, management and discipline
    Humanities curriculum development and student assessment
    Application of teaching and learning methodologies Adolescent and literacy-based instruction
    Instructional strategies to encourage deep understanding of humanities concepts

Because this program does not include a student teaching capstone, it does not lead to an Institutional Recommendation (IR) from GCU to obtain certification. Completing practicum hours within the courses is a requirement to prepare 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 developed to maximize learning for the adult learner and expand on previously gained content knowledge. Courses are taught by faculty members who have expertise, knowledge and experience in their respective fields, including secondary education, humanities and educational psychology.

All courses are designed to align with standards set by the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) and International Society of Technology Educators (ISTE). Students have opportunities to apply research, concepts and theories. Secondary educational field experiences build upon students’ learning and provide guidance on 100 hours of observational and practice-based experiences. This program does not lead to licensure.

What are the Program Requirements?

This program includes 33 total credit hours, 101 practicum hours, and 11 different classes. These classes include Adolescent Literacy, Adolescent Psychology, Methods and Strategies for Middle and High School Teachers, A Survey of Special Education and many more. These courses equip students to become a humanities education post-graduation. To apply for this degree, visit the admissions page for more information on GCU’s admission requirements.

What Can You Do with A Non-Licensure Degree in Education for Humanities?

This program prepares students for a career in education teaching one or more subjects, such as language arts or social studies, at the secondary level in public or private schools (where alternative certification is accepted*). Teacher may be assigned according to subject matter specialty. Potential positions include language arts teacher, social studies teacher, art teacher, music 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.


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

Size & Settings: 0-999

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