Secondary Education

  • Program Overview

    Whether you are interested in teaching biology, mathematics, social studies, English or Spanish, Gannon’s education program and the program of your content major will prepare you to be an innovative and effective teacher. Our education curriculum focuses on teaching strategies, performance and professionalism. Additional learning experiences are provided through professional development opportunities made possible by community partnerships with 12 public school districts, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie’s parochial schools, area private schools and charter schools.

    During the first-year seminar, students have the opportunity to experience 10 hours in two educational settings that are designed to help students determine if they are in the right education major of interest. Students also participate in three 10-week practicums 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. Arranged and supervised by University staff, the practicums are diverse in nature and take place in public, parochial and private schools in urban, suburban and rural settings across multiple grade levels.

    In addition, several practical experiences are embedded in coursework throughout the four-year program.

    Program Options

    • Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and 7-12 (Biology)
    • Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and 7-12 (Biology)
    • Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and 7-12 (English)
    • Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and 7-12 (Mathematics)
    • Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education and 7-12 (Social Studies)

    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.