Education (Secondary)

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Erie, Pennsylvania

Students gain teaching experience beyond required fieldwork by providing instruction for children in a variety of both after school and summer programs.

  • GU Possibilities
    • Scholarship-supported learning abroad opportunities are available with Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland.
    • Education majors can travel to Thailand for summer experiences teaching English to children, facilitating camp programs and learning regional culture.
    • Activities outside the classroom are planned by the members of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society, Gannon University’s Society for Exceptional Children and the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association.
    • For the third consecutive year, Gannon’s Phi Zeta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society was recognized for outstanding programming: The Professional Development 2017 Award, one of 11 in the world; the Professional Development 2016 Award, one of 10 in the world; and the Community Service 2015 Award, one of 4 in the world.
    • The School of Education houses Gannon’s Literacy Outreach Program where students work at designated after-school programs in the city to help preK-8 students develop literacy skills.

    You Will Learn

    Gannon University's grades 4-8 middle level certification programs lead to a Bachelor of Science degree in one of 13 options, including four dual-certification options with Special Education Grades PreK-8. Throughout the United States, there is an increased need for special education teachers and English as a Second Language teachers.

    The professional education core emphasizes middle level philosophy and effective strategies for teaching young adolescents.

    Literacy is a key component in all education areas. To enhance literacy instruction for middle-level majors, two courses are required: MLED 201 Adolescent Literature develops literacy knowledge through designated projects in a school library or middle-level classroom, and MLED 301 Literacy Development, Strategies and Assessments apprises teacher candidates of the literacy needs of middle-level students.

    You Will Experience

    Middle level majors participate in multiple 30-hour and 60-hour field experiences and a full semester of student teaching, totaling more than 800 hours of field work. Students have the opportunity to experience a variety of four to eight content classrooms. These experiences allow students to put theory learned in the classroom into action.

    The School of Education places pre-service teachers in diverse school settings in urban, suburban and rural areas within a 25-mile radius, some of which are in walking distance of campus. Field experience options include:

    • Barber National Institute
    • charter schools
    • Erie Roman Catholic diocesan schools
    • public school districts

    You Will Achieve

    Graduates are prepared for Pennsylvania Level I teaching certification in middle level education grades 4-8. These Bachelor of Science degrees can lead to a variety of career opportunities such as:  

    • grades 4-6 self-contained classroom teacher  
    • grades 7-8 content-specific classroom teacher  
    • special education teacher  
    • sports coach  
    • zoo or nature center educator  

    With additional training and experience, these degrees can lead to career opportunities such as:

    • autistic support educator  
    • corporate education trainer  
    • English as a Second Language teacher  
    • school counselor  
    • principal or superintendent  
    • reading or math coach  
    • reading specialist  
    • special education supervisor  
    • supervisor of curriculum and instruction  
    • university professor 

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the field vary depending on the location and type of educational organization.

    •  Starting salary: $37,400
    •  Median salary for middle school teachers: $56,720
    •  Median salary for middle-level special education teachers: $57,910

    You Will Study

    Example Course Descriptions


    Students receive outstanding educational preparation through completion of courses and field experiences. Some examples of the Education coursework include:

    EDCR 206 Instructional Design and the Secondary Education Classroom / 60-Hr. Field

    This course introduces pre-service teachers to creating and managing instruction in the learning environment. They develop standards-based lessons and instruction as part of the scope and sequence of instructional planning. Course participants are introduced to the approaches for differentiating instruction for all adolescents, including those with academic diversity and other special needs.

    The field experience can be accomplished over 10 weeks or two full weeks in early May.

    EDCR 330 Assessment and Evaluation / 60-Hr. Field

    Students investigate a variety of traditional and alternative assessments in the context of classroom instruction, meeting the needs of diverse learners, recognizing measurement principles and national, state and local standards. Students also develop an understanding of the need for and interpretation of the results of standardized tests.

    EDCR 401 Professional Seminar

    This capstone course for education majors is taken in conjunction with student teaching. During this course, students prepare and present their professional portfolios, hone their interviewing skills and complete necessary certification and job applications.


    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.