Grand Canyon University

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


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

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

Format: Online

Program Description:

What is a Master's in STEM Education Degree?

The Master of Education in Secondary Education with a STEM Emphasis Non-Initial Teaching Licensure (NITL) program at Grand Canyon University can prepare students to lead STEM education for sixth grade to twelfth grade. Students will be taught 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 master’s in secondary education STEM emphasis 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 have the opportunity to 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 meet diverse student needs that promote the most effective learning.

The increase for more next-generation innovators in STEM disciplines creates opportunities for secondary educators skilled in STEM.1 This program serves as a pathway for teachers to help fulfill the shortage of STEM educators. If you enjoy a career in motivating young learners to explore STEM, generating interest and curiosity in these critical areas, inspiring young learners 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 degree may be right for you.

This non-licensure degree 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 101 practicum hours within the courses to prepare them to teach in the grades 6 through 12.

What Does It Mean to Earn a Non-Licensure Degree at GCU?

This institutionally 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 instructors who use their knowledge and experience to teach you 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 Master’s in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in STEM program, you have the opportunity to learn and apply concepts, theories and research. Secondary education field experiences also guide you through 100 hours of observational and practice-based learning. This 33-credit program does not lead to licensure.

What Can You Do with A Non-Licensure Master’s in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in STEM?

Potential career opportunities for program graduates may include teaching positions at the secondary or postsecondary levels (where alternative certification is accepted2). Graduates may be assigned according to their subject matter specialty.

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. You will be taught in both informative and interactive classes. Courses in this program may include topics on adolescent literacy, how to integrate STEM methods into middle and high school instruction, assessing and evaluating STEM teachers, tools for creating and managing learning environments and many others. GCU faculty can prepare you with the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure you will have the opportunity to become a secondary educator in the area of STEM. For information on the application process as well as admission requirements, visit our admissions page.

1 FIRST with Insider Studios. (2021, June 10). The future of innovation relies on students’ interest in STEM. Here’s how one robotics program is creating a competitive talent pipeline. Insider. Retrieved on May 18, 2023.

2 Candidates in this program are not issued as Institutionally Recognized (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.

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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