Secondary Education

    • Study at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland and travel throughout Europe.
    • Work on creative projects such as Crayons for K.I.D.S., where used crayons are remolded for use by individuals with disabilities.
    • Take part in the internationally recognized Growing Readers community service program.
    • Travel to Jordan or Thailand during the summer to teach English to school-age children and facilitate camp experiences while being immersed in the regional culture.
    • Be an active member and leader in three student-led professional organizations.
    • Build a quality, unique professional portfolio beginning freshman year.
    • Participate in and present at local, state, and national education conferences.
    • Gain teaching experience beyond required fieldwork by providing instruction for children who participate in the Literacy Outreach or Millcreek Summer Literacy programs.

    You Will Learn

    The School of Education offers preparation for Pennsylvania Level I teacher certification in grades 7-12 in four content areas: biology, English, mathematics and social studies. Students receive a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree in their content area.

    The education curriculum focuses on teaching strategies, performance and professionalism. Additional learning experiences are provided through professional development opportunities made possible by community partnerships.

    Each of the secondary programs prepares teacher candidates to work in academic-specific, inclusive and diverse settings through a combination of required content and education courses with practical experiences in urban, suburban and rural classrooms. Arranged and supervised by University staff, the field experiences begin in the first semester of the student’s freshman year.

    You Will Experience

    Field experiences are the hallmark of our teacher preparation programs. Secondary 7-12 majors participate in three 60-hour field experiences, a variety of six- to

    15-hour experiences and a full semester of student teaching. All field experiences are associated with specific courses, allowing students to put theory learned in the classroom into action.

    • Field experience options include:  
    • alternative education facilities   
    • charter schools   
    • Erie Roman Catholic diocesan schools  
    • public school districts         

    You Will Achieve

    A certification in secondary education grades 7-12 can lead to a variety of career opportunities such as:

    • academic tutor  
    • biology, English, math or social studies grades 7-12 teacher  
    • museum archivist, educational tour guide or travel specialist  
    • representative for or author of educational publications  
    • sports coach  
    • statistician or bank trainer  
    • technical writer  

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

    • corporate trainer  
    • guidance counselor  
    • principal or superintendent  
    • reading or math coach  
    • reading specialist  
    • supervisor of curriculum and instruction  
    • supervisor of special education  

    You will Study

    Students receive outstanding educational preparation through completion of courses and field experiences such as:

    EDCR 206: Instructional Design and the Secondary Education Classroom/Field Experience

    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 

    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.

    You Will Earn

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

    • Starting salary: $37,400
    • Mid-career salary: $55,200