Grand Canyon University

M.S. in Sociology with an Emphasis in Education


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S. in Sociology with an Emphasis in Education

Format: Online

Program Description:

Become a Sociology Professor With GCU’s Master of Science in Sociology Degree: Education Emphasis

A Master of Science in Sociology with an Emphasis in Education degree from Grand Canyon University (GCU) allows those who are interested in the social world and society to pursue work in education. This master’s in sociology online program prepares graduates to lead sociology courses for undergraduates at two-year or four-year institutions. In addition, graduates of the master’s in sociology with education emphasis program will be qualified to teach courses online.

Courses Offered in the Master’s in Sociology Degree With Education Emphasis

The master’s in sociology online classes engage you with the competencies needed to become a sociology teacher, while still allowing you to work and balance other priorities. Graduates of the master’s in sociology program at GCU receive an education with a curriculum that is rooted in the Christian worldview. This online master’s in sociology education program focuses on four main areas:

● Teaching

● Theory

● Societal arrangement and change

● Family and global perspectives

The theoretical and practical applications of both sociology and postsecondary instruction are at the heart of this Master of Science in Sociology degree with an education emphasis program.

Study Advanced Concepts During Your Master’s in Sociology Program With an Education Emphasis

Content knowledge in the sociology domains and teaching skills make up the core focuses in the online sociology master’s program with education emphasis at GCU. Postsecondary level sociology teachers will learn how to navigate preparing for and teaching content for sociology courses.

The topics of study in the master’s in sociology degree program include:

● Curriculum design

● Adult learning theory

● Distance learning techniques

● Differentiating structural functionalism, conflict theory and symbolic interactionism

● Application of sociology perspectives

● Stratification and social change

● Family impact on society

Career Pathways for Graduates of the Master’s Degree in Sociology With an Emphasis in Education

Graduates of GCU’s Master of Science in Sociology with education emphasis are prepared to teach sociology at the undergraduate level. They may find work as a sociology professor or postsecondary instructor at:

● Four-year universities or colleges

● Local or junior colleges

● Trade and technical schools

● Educational research/publishing companies

Your interest in sociology can bring the world to life for future college students. Join us in the master’s in sociology degree with education emphasis program at GCU.

1 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary as of May 2021, retrieved on April 11, 2023. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as sociology teachers, postsecondary. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates.

2 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2022, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Postsecondary Teachers, retrieved on Jan. 19, 2023.

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

Size & Settings: 0-999

Find Schools