Secondary Education

    • The School of Education has established a learning abroad opportunity with Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland. Learning abroad scholarships are available.
    • Education majors can travel to Jordan or Thailand for summer experiences teaching English to children, facilitating camp programs and learning regional culture.
    • Erie is identified by the U.S. Department of State as a refugee resettlement center. English Language Learner placements are available at local high schools as a curriculum enhancement option.
    • Activities outside the classroom are planned by the members of professional organizations: Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society, Gannon University's Society for Exceptional Children, Future Educators Association and Student Pennsylvania State Education Association.
    • The Literacy Outreach program offers opportunities to gain experience by providing one-on-one and small group literacy instruction and support for children. Eligible students can earn federal work study monies for working 10 hours a week.

    You Will Learn

    The School of Education offers preparation for teacher certification in grades 7-12 in four content areas: biology, English, mathematics and social studies. Students receive a 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.

    During First Year Seminar, students experience 10 hours in two educational settings that are designed to help them determine if they are in the correct education major. Students also participate in three, 10-week field experiences that integrate academic and professional content with actual practice in school classrooms, providing students with the opportunity to learn and practice teaching strategies specific to their content area.

    Each of these 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

    Graduates are prepared for Pennsylvania Level I teaching certification and earn a bachelor's degree in their content area.

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

    • author of or representative for educational publications
    • biology, English, math, or social studies grades 7-12 teacher
    • museum archivist, educational tour guide or travel specialist
    • sports coach
    • statistician, bank trainer or academic tutor (math)
    • 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 special education
    • supervisor of curriculum and instruction

    You will Study

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

    EDCR 206: Planning/Managing the Learning Environment /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.

    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