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BA in English for Secondary Education

Students who enroll in Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Arts in English for Secondary Education program have the opportunity to prepare for teaching English, writing, and literature skills to secondary students. Read more about Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Arts in English for Secondary Education program.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in English for Secondary Education

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Students considering enrolling in the Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Arts in English for Secondary Education program might be interested in teaching English and literature skills to students in grades 5-12. Program applicants will want to have a minimum high school GPA of 3.0 or qualifying scores on standardized tests. Applicants to Grand Canyon University's bachelor's programs in general should have a high school diploma or the equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

The Bachelor of Arts in English for Secondary Education program at Grand Canyon University can lead to initial teacher licensure and is intended to prepare students for future careers teaching English, writing, and literature skills. Along with classroom learning, students will have the opportunity for hands-on experience in the form of student teaching and practicums. The program is designed to produce graduates who have oral and written communication skills, critical thinking, and analytical skills, along with the knowledge and experience required to teach these concepts to secondary students.

As a result of the program, teacher candidates could demonstrate competency in creating a developmentally appropriate classroom environment, making content accessible to students, practicing diverse methods of instruction and assessment in order to achieve learning objectives, and practicing professional responsibility, including continued career development.

Learning Format:

Online and on campus

Program Length:

120 credits.

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Grand Canyon University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for Bachelor of Arts in English for Secondary Education

The Bachelor of Arts in English for Secondary Education program includes general education requirements, open elective credits, and core courses. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Requirements (34-40 credits)

  • University Foundations
  • Effective Communication
  • Christian Worldview
  • Critical Thinking
  • Global Awareness, Perspective, and Ethics

Required General Education Courses (8 credits)

  • Introduction to Young Adult Literature
  • Early Adolescent and Adolescent Psychology

Program Core Courses (80 credits)

  • SEI English Language Teaching: Foundations & Methodologies
  • Writing for the 21st Century Workplace
  • Survey of Special Education: Mild to Moderate Disabilities
  • Arizona and Federal Government
  • Content Area Literacy for Middle and Secondary Teachers
  • Social Justice for Educators
  • Foundational Texts of British Literature
  • Middle and Secondary Curriculum Assessments
  • Multicultural Literature
  • Argumentation and Advocacy
  • American Encounter Narratives
  • Methods for Teaching Writing, Grammar, & Linguistics for Secondary Education
  • Shakespeare and the History of Drama
  • Data-Driven Instructional Methods for Middle and Secondary Teachers
  • Advanced Methodologies of Structured English Immersion
  • Transatlantic Literature
  • Communicating Scientific Ideas to Popular Audiences
  • Methods for Teaching Literature for Secondary Education
  • Classroom Engagement and Management for Middle and Secondary Teachers
  • Student Teaching for Secondary Education

Open Elective Credits (0-6 credits)

Students select up to 6 credits

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Beyond this bachelor's program in English for Secondary Education, a master's degree could afford students additional career choices and the opportunity for increased responsibilities in the workplace.

Applicable master's degree programs at GCU include (but are not limited to):

  • Master of Arts in English with an emphasis in education
  • Master of Education in Educational Leadership
  • Master of Education in Elementary Education
  • Master of Education in Secondary Education

Career Paths:

Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Arts in English for Secondary Education program is designed to give students the foundations for writing, literature, critical thinking, and teaching.

Possible careers include:

  • High school English teacher
  • Middle school English teacher
  • Educational consultant
  • English as a second language (ESL) teacher
  • School administrator

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