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 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.


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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