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Secondary Education

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
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  • Shape the Future of Educational Learning with a Secondary Education Degree from Gannon University 

    Outstanding teachers are themselves products of an outstanding education. They come from a program that rewards academic achievement, emphasizes the importance of each student as an individual, and is grounded in a mastery of the theories of learning and teaching. Become a positive force of educational change and impact in your community when you earn your secondary education degree from Gannon University.

    • Gain valuable field experience beginning in your first semester.
    • Pennsylvania Department of EducationApproved by the PA Department of Education.
    • Learn from faculty who are experienced content area teachers, and from adjuncts who are teachers or administrators in secondary schools.

    Learn to Lead the Way in Secondary Education

    • Prepare for Pennsylvania Level I teacher certification in grades 7-12 in four content areas: biology, English, mathematics and social studies, and earn a BA or a BS degree in your content area.
    • Access opportunities to teach in more than 40 states through the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s reciprocity agreements.
    • Gain expertise in teaching strategies, performance and professionalism.
    • Gain valuable, practical experiences in urban, suburban and rural classrooms.

    Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

    • Pursue scholarship-supported learning abroad opportunities in Limerick, Ireland and Rome, Italy.
    • Participate in three 60-hour field experiences, a variety of six- to 15-hour experiences and a full semester of student teaching.
    • Pursue field experiences in alternative and private education facilities, charter schools, Erie Roman Catholic diocesan schools or public school districts.
    • Put educational theories learned in the classroom into action for the benefit of adolescent learners.

    Inspire Your Academic Success

    Gain real-world knowledge through key courses including:

    Instructional Design and the Secondary Education Classroom:  Create and manage instruction in the learning environment and develop standards-based lessons and instruction. Includes a 60-hour field experience.

    Assessment and Evaluation:  Investigate traditional and alternative assessments in the context of classroom instruction, meeting the needs of diverse learners, measurement principles and national, state and local standards. Includes a 60-hour field experience.

    Professional Seminar: Prepare and present your professional portfolio, hone your interviewing skills and complete necessary certification and job applications.

    Achieve Your Possibilities

    Our secondary education program is designed for your success. Through curriculum flexibility and high-quality educational opportunities, you can:

    • Earn your certification in secondary education grades 7-12, which can lead to an array of exciting careers including museum archivist, educational tour guide or travel specialist; school counselor, principal or superintendent; or reading, mathematics or English as a Second Language specialist and more.
    • Earn an annual media wage of $61,820, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Candidates demonstrate knowledge of research-based educational belief systems and pedagogical/subject-matter content.
  2. Candidates demonstrate a culture of learning.
  3. Candidates assess and analyze student learning and make appropriate adjustments to instruction, including differentiation for diverse and exceptional learners and monitoring student progress.
  4. Candidates establish and reflect on ongoing professional relationships with colleagues, students, parents, school districts, and the community to enhance student learning.
Brady Sager

Brady Sagar Education (Secondary)

"What I like best about the secondary education program is how quickly we are put into classroom placements, getting hands-on experience in our first year as students. I have been able to meet a whole new venue of individuals, allowing me to build professional relationships with experienced people in my field."

Addyson Vavick

Addyson Vavick Education (Secondary)

“The education program has prepared me for my future career in many ways. There are plenty of field experience opportunities, so we are able to get out into real schools and be in that environment early on. Every professor and member of the education department truly cares about the success of their students and giving us the tools we need to be successful.”

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  • Receive hands-on learning through real-world courses, projects and valuable internship experiences that prepare you to become a professional in the field.
  • 13:1Enjoy a personalized experience inspired by Gannon’s faculty experts and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • Apply for generous financial aid packages and scholarship awards.