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Education (Secondary)

  • Bachelor of Arts Major
  • Bachelor of Science Major
  • 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

    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 earn a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree in their content area. The Pennsylvania Department of Education has reciprocity agreements with over 40 states.

    The education curriculum focuses on teaching strategies, performance and professionalism. Additional learning experiences are provided through professional development opportunities, on and off campus, and field experiences.

    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 and private 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:

    • 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
    • English as a Second Language teacher
    • school counselor
    • principal or superintendent
    • reading or math coach
    • reading specialist
    • special education teacher
    • supervisor of curriculum and instruction
    • supervisor of special education

    You Will Earn

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

    • Starting salary: $37,400
    • Mid-career salary: $58,030

    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.