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Early Childhood Education - Bachelor of Science
An increasing emphasis on early childhood education programs, and a general movement toward universal preschool education, will increase the importance of and demand for teachers with expertise in this critical area of teaching and development. This relevant and robust degree program is designed for individuals seeking knowledge and skills in the field of early childhood development and teaching. The curriculum includes instructional strategies, teaching methodologies, assessment techniques, theories of early childhood growth and development, and the impact of family and cultural diversity on early childhood. The degree program has embedded practicum experiences throughout the coursework, requires a student teaching component, and, upon approval, will lead to a teaching credential in Arizona. Teacher candidates are required to complete their internship experiences in a K–3 classroom. Graduates of this program will be equipped with the tools, techniques, and knowledge needed to successfully motivate, develop and educate children from birth to Grade 3.

Courses in the Early Childhood Education BS Degree program include:
  • Foundations of Early Childhood
  • Child Guidance, Management, and the Environment
  • Introduction to the Exceptional Learner
  • Child Growth and Development: Health, Safety, Nutrition, and Fitness


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Elementary Education / English - Bachelor of Science
This program is offered by the College of Education in conjunction with content area courses provided by the College of Arts and Sciences for students who are preparing for a teaching career in grades K-8, inclusive of elementary and middle school, and who are seeking initial teacher licensure. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of educational psychology, philosophy, methodology, and curriculum development. All courses are directly aligned with the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) principles, and the Association for Childhood International standards. Content courses are aligned to the professional standards of the National Council of Teachers of English. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within many of the courses guide students through 105 hours of practicum/field experiences prior to student teaching, and the final semester of the program includes a full-time, 16-week student teaching component.

Graduates of this program are prepared to become informed educators in public and private schools and other settings requiring a teaching license. Applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. Arizona or home state fingerprint/background clearance is required for all practicum/field experiences and student teaching.

Courses in the Elementary Education / English BS Degree program include:
  • Analysis of World Literature
  • English Literature I
  • Introduction to English Grammar and Linguistics
  • American Literature I

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Elementary Education / Math - Bachelor of Science
This program is offered by the College of Education in conjunction with content area courses provided by the College of Arts and Sciences for students who are preparing for a teaching career in grades K-8, inclusive of elementary and middle school, and who are seeking initial teacher licensure. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of educational psychology, philosophy, methodology, and curriculum development. All courses are directly aligned with the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) principles, and the Association for Childhood International standards. Content courses are aligned to the professional standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within many of the courses guide students through 105 hours of practicum/field experiences prior to student teaching, and the final semester of the program includes a full-time, 16-week student teaching component.

Graduates of this program are prepared to become informed educators in public and private schools and other settings requiring a teaching license. Applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. Arizona or home state fingerprint/background clearance is required for all practicum/field experiences and student teaching.

Courses in the Elementary Education / Math BS Degree program include:
  • Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
  • Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment: Science and Mathematics

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Elementary Education / Science - Bachelor of Science
This program is offered by the College of Education in conjunction with content area courses provided by the College of Arts and Sciences for students who are preparing for a teaching career in grades K-8, inclusive of elementary and middle school, and who are seeking initial teacher licensure. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of educational psychology, philosophy, methodology, and curriculum development. All courses are directly aligned with the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) principles, and the Association for Childhood International standards. Content courses are aligned to the professional standards of the National Science Teachers Association. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within many of the courses guide students through 105 hours of practicum/field experiences prior to student teaching, and the final semester of the program includes a full-time, 16-week student teaching component.

Graduates of this program are prepared to become informed educators in public and private schools and other settings requiring a teaching license. Applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. Arizona or home state fingerprint/background clearance is required for all practicum/field experiences and student teaching.

Courses in the Elementary Education / Science BS Degree program include:

  • Introduction to Physical Science
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Introduction to Life Sciences I & II
  • Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment: Science and Mathematics

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Elementary Education and Special Education (Dual Major) -
Bachelor of Science

This program is designed for students who seek an elementary or cross-categorical teaching license to teach children with special needs in the K-12 classroom setting. The format and courses of this regionally accredited and Arizona-approved program are designed to maximize the content knowledge that the teacher candidate will possess upon graduation. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disabilities, and other physical and cognitive impairments. All courses are directly aligned with the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) principles, the Association for Childhood International standards, and/or the Council for Exceptional Children standards. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within each course guide students through observational and practice-based experiences. Teacher candidates must have access to a K-12 special education classroom to complete the program assignments.

Graduates of the program are prepared to work with special needs populations and implement individualized educational plans to accommodate the students' various learning, behavioral, and social needs. Teacher candidates must be prepared to complete a full-time, 16-week student teaching component at the end of the program. Eight weeks of student teaching are completed in a regular education setting and 8 weeks are completed in a resource room, self-contained class, or in a special school for students with disabilities. These special education settings must include at least three or more of the following disability categories: intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, physical/health impairments, and they must be completed with a certified special educator.

Teacher candidates are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. Teacher candidates should consult the Grand Canyon University Catalog, the University Policy Handbook, and an academic advisor to obtain information regarding current policies and procedures inherent in a teacher licensure program.

Courses in the Elementary Education and Special Education (Dual Major) BS Degree program include:
  • Educating the Exceptional Learner
  • Special Education Foundations and Framework
  • Characteristics of Learning Disabilities and Strategies to Teach Individuals with LD
  • Characteristics of Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities and Strategies to Teach Individuals with EBD


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Business Education and Technology for Secondary Teachers -
Bachelor of Science

This program is offered by the College of Education in conjunction with content area courses provided by the Ken Blanchard College of Business for students who are preparing for a teaching career in grades 7-12, inclusive of middle and high school, and who are seeking initial teacher licensure. The format and courses of this regionally accredited and Arizona-approved program are designed to maximize the content knowledge that the teacher candidate will possess upon graduation. All courses are directly aligned with the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) principles. Content courses are aligned to the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assessments within many of the courses guide students through 120 hours of practicum/field experiences prior to student teaching, and the final semester of the program requires a full-time, 16-week student teaching component.

Applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. Arizona or home state fingerprint/background clearance is required for all practicum/field experiences and student teaching. Furthermore, applicants should consult the Grand Canyon University Catalog, the University Policy Handbook, and an academic counselor to obtain information regarding current policies and procedures inherent in a teacher licensure program.

Courses in the Business Education and Technology for Secondary Teachers BS Degree program include:
  • Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Secondary Methods & Data Driven Pedagogy
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Business


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English for Secondary Teachers - Bachelor of Science
This program is offered by the College of Education in conjunction with content area courses provided by the College of Arts and Sciences for students who are preparing for a teaching career in grades 7-12, inclusive of middle and high school, and who are seeking initial teacher licensure. The format and courses of this regionally accredited and Arizona-approved program are designed to maximize the content knowledge that the teacher candidate will possess upon graduation. All courses are directly aligned with the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) principles. Content courses are aligned to the standards of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assessments within many of the courses guide students through 120 hours of practicum/field experiences prior to student teaching, and the final semester of the program requires a full-time, 16-week student teaching component.

Applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. Arizona or home state fingerprint/background clearance is required for all practicum/field experiences and student teaching. Furthermore, applicants should consult the Grand Canyon University Catalog, the University Policy Handbook, and an academic counselor to obtain information regarding current policies and procedures inherent in a teacher licensure program.

Courses in the English for Secondary Teachers BS Degree program include:
  • American Literature I
  • Shakespeare
  • The Novel
  • Adolescent Literacy

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Math for Secondary Teachers - Bachelor of Science
This program is offered by the College of Education in conjunction with content area courses provided by the College of Arts and Sciences for students who are preparing for a teaching career in grades 7-12, inclusive of middle and high school, and who are seeking initial teacher licensure. The format and courses of this regionally accredited and Arizona-approved program are designed to maximize the content knowledge that the teacher candidate will possess upon graduation. All courses are directly aligned with the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) principles. Content courses are aligned to the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assessments within many of the courses guide students through 120 hours of practicum/field experiences prior to student teaching, and the final semester of the program requires a full-time, 16-week student teaching component.

Applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. Arizona or home state fingerprint/background clearance is required for all practicum/field experiences and student teaching. Furthermore, applicants should consult the Grand Canyon University Catalog, the University Policy Handbook, and an academic counselor to obtain information regarding current policies and procedures inherent in a teacher licensure program.

Courses in the Math for Secondary Teachers BS Degree program include:
  • College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • Probability and Statistics
  • College Geometry
  • Calculus and Analytic Geometry I & II

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Social Studies for Secondary Teachers - Bachelor of Science
This program is offered by the College of Education in conjunction with content area courses provided by the College of Arts and Sciences for students who are preparing for a teaching career in grades 7-12, inclusive of middle and high school, and who are seeking initial teacher licensure. The format and courses of this regionally accredited and Arizona-approved program are designed to maximize the content knowledge that the teacher candidate will possess upon graduation. All courses are directly aligned with the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) principles. Content courses are aligned to the standards of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assessments within many of the courses guide students through 120 hours of practicum/field experiences prior to student teaching, and the final semester of the program requires a full-time, 16-week student teaching component.

Applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. Arizona or home state fingerprint/background clearance is required for all practicum/field experiences and student teaching. Furthermore, applicants should consult the Grand Canyon University Catalog, the University Policy Handbook, and an academic counselor to obtain information regarding current policies and procedures inherent in a teacher licensure program.

Courses in the Social Studies for Secondary Teachers BS Degree program include:
  • Themes in United States History
  • World Civilization
  • Comparative Government
  • Introduction to Political Thought

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Autism Spectrum Disorder - Master of Arts
The 32-credit online Autism Spectrum Disorder Master of Arts Degree features eight heavily targeted courses on special education services for ASD students. It offers an orientation into the theoretical foundations of ASD's and the implications of an ASD student's exceptional needs in a school environment.

Through evidence-based practices and professional learning dispositions, the program focuses intensively on learner growth. It explores assistive technologies that enhance communication with ASD students. As the scope of the curriculum expands, it provides an in-depth study of legal policy and advocacy for ASD students within an ethical framework of their rights and responsibilities.

The program dissects a growing body of knowledge on the application of brain research in classroom practice that impacts curricular, instructional and assessment decisions of teachers each day. From neuroscience to the behavioral and cognitive sciences, it examines the intricacies of the mind as it relates to teaching and learning.

The vital components in an ASD student's education emphasize transition and life skill. The core of the autism spectrum degree highlights the development of individualized educational plans for independent living. It provides advanced knowledge of applied behavior analysis to accommodate students with ASD.

In about 16 months, with 65 hours of field work embedded in the curriculum, the autism spectrum degree provides a heavily focused specialization in education services for spectrum disorders.

Courses in the Autism Spectrum Disorder MA Degree program include:
  • Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Leadership and Collaboration in Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Life Skills and Transitions for Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Communication Strategies and Assistive Tech for Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Capstone in Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Professional Learning Communities - Master of Arts in Teaching
(No IR, No Cert)

This program does not include a student teaching component, and does not therefore lead to licensure, but may lead to career advancement for those already licensed as teachers. The program is designed for licensed teachers interested in advanced studies in education. Applicants to this program are required to submit a copy of a current teaching license or provide evidence of a minimum of one year of teaching experience. The format and courses of this regionally accredited program are tailored to meet the needs of adult learners and to maximize strengths that students already possess. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within each course guide students through observational and practice-based experiences. Students must have access to a K-12 classroom to complete the program assignments. Graduates of this program are prepared to become informed educators who meet the needs of schools and student populations.

Courses in the Professional Learning Communities MAT Degree program include:
  • Legal Issues in Education
  • Data-Informed Decision-Making for School Improvement
  • Introduction to PLC
  • Teaching, Learning, and Collaborative Structures in a Professional Learning Community

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Teacher Leadership - Master of Arts in Teaching
(No IR, No Cert)

This program does not include a student teaching component, and does not therefore lead to licensure, but may lead to career advancement for those already licensed as teachers. This program is designed for licensed teachers interested in advanced studies in education. Applicants to this program are required to submit a copy of a current teaching license or provide evidence of a minimum of one year of teaching experience. The format and courses of this regionally accredited program are tailored to meet the needs of adult learners and to maximize strengths that students already possess. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within each course guide students through observational and practice-based experiences. Students must have access to a K-12 classroom to complete the program assignments. Graduates of this program are prepared to become informed educators who meet the needs of schools and student populations.

Courses in the Teacher Leadership MAT Degree program include:
  • Legal Issues in Education
  • Data-Informed Decision-Making for School Improvement
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Collegial Coaching T

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Curriculum & Instruction: Reading in Elementary Education -
Master of Education
(No IR, No Cert)

This program does not include a student teaching component, and does not therefore lead to licensure, but may lead to career advancement for those already licensed as teachers. This program is designed for educators who wish to apply theory and educational best practices to the delivery of curriculum, instruction, and assessment in order to improve the reading abilities of their students. The format and courses of this regionally accredited program are tailored to meet the needs of the adult learner and to maximize strengths that students already possess. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of curriculum and instruction, cognition, emergent literature, linguistics, phonics, and developmental and corrective reading processes. Courses are aligned to the International Reading Association standards. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within each course guide students through observational and practice-based experiences. Students must have access to a K-8 classroom to complete the practicum course and program assignments. Graduates of this program are prepared to become informed educators who meet the reading needs of schools and student populations. Applicants to this program are required to submit a copy of a current teaching license or provide evidence of a minimum of one year of teaching experience.

Courses in the Curriculum & Instruction: Reading in Elementary Education MEd Degree program include:
  • Instructional Leadership/Literacy Coaching
  • Reading and Writing: Elementary
  • Reading in the Content Areas: Elementary
  • Elementary Practicum

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Curriculum & Instruction: Reading in Secondary Education -
Master of Education
(No IR, No Cert)

This program does not include a student teaching component, and does not therefore lead to licensure, but may lead to career advancement for those already licensed as teachers. This program is designed for educators who wish to apply theory and educational best practices to the delivery of curriculum, instruction, and assessment in order to improve the reading abilities of their students. The format and courses of this regionally accredited program are tailored to meet the needs of the adult learner and to maximize strengths that students already possess. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of curriculum and instruction, cognition, emergent literature, linguistics, phonics, and developmental and corrective reading processes. Courses are aligned to the International Reading Association standards. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within each course guide students through observational and practice-based experiences. Students must have access to a K-8 classroom to complete the practicum course and program assignments. Graduates of this program are prepared to become informed educators who meet the reading needs of schools and student populations. Applicants to this program are required to submit a copy of a current teaching license or provide evidence of a minimum of one year of teaching experience.

Courses in the Curriculum & Instruction: Reading in Secondary Education MEd Degree program include:
  • Instructional Leadership/Literacy Coaching
  • Reading and Writing: Elementary
  • Reading in the Content Areas: Elementary
  • Elementary Practicum

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Curriculum & Instruction: Technology - Master of Education
(No IR, No Cert)

This program does not include a student teaching component, and does not therefore lead to licensure, but may lead to career advancement for those already licensed as teachers. This program is designed for educators who wish to learn to use technology to improve the success of students. The format and courses of this regionally accredited program are tailored to meet the needs of adult learners and to maximize strengths that students already possess. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of curriculum and instruction, educational applications of technology, interactive design for the classroom, and distance learning. Courses are aligned to the International Society for Technology in Education NETS for Teachers standards. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within each course guide students through observational and hands-on experiences. It is strongly recommended that students have access to a K-12 grade environment to complete the practicum and program assignments. Graduates of this program are prepared to become informed educators who meet the technological needs of educational settings and student populations. Each course in the program requires a benchmark. Applicants to this program are required to submit a copy of a current license or provide evidence of a minimum of one year of teaching experience.

Courses in the Curriculum & Instruction: Technology MEd Degree program include:
  • Development & Design of Media in Educational Settings
  • Multimedia Instructional Strategies
  • Assessment & Technology
  • Distance Learning in Education

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Early Childhood - Master of Education
(With IR)

Master of Education in Early Childhood Education (Leads to Credential). An increasing emphasis on early childhood education programs, and a general movement toward universal preschool education, will increase the importance of and demand for teachers with expertise in this critical area of teaching and development. This next-level degree program is designed for teaching professionals seeking advanced expertise and skills in the field of early childhood development and teaching. Courses cover the foundations, theories and current practices in early childhood education. The curriculum also focuses the instructional methodologies for teaching young children, with specific emphasis on language, math, science, social studies and the arts.

In addition, the impact of influences, such as health, safety, nutrition, fitness, family and culture, are all explored. The degree program has embedded practicum experiences throughout the coursework, requires a student teaching component, and, upon approval, will lead to a teaching credential in Arizona. Graduates of this program will have the expertise and skills needed to facilitate and improve the development and education of young children from birth to Grade 3.

Courses in the Early Childhood (IR) MEd Degree program include:
  • Child Growth and Development: Health, Safety, Nutrition, and Fitness
  • Advanced Methodologies of Structured English Immersion
  • Instructional Teaching Methodologies: Language, Math, Science, Social Studies, and the Arts
  • Student Teaching: Birth to Pre-School
  • Student Teaching: K-3

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Early Childhood - Master of Education
(No IR)

The Master of Education in Early Childhood Education is a program for students seeking knowledge and expertise in the field of early childhood development and teaching. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards form the foundation of this program. The curriculum includes instructional strategies, teaching methodologies, assessment techniques, theories of early childhood growth and development, and the impact of family and cultural diversity on early childhood.

Courses in the Early Childhood (No IR) MEd Degree program include:
  • Child Growth and Development: Health, Safety, Nutrition, and Fitness
  • Advanced Methodologies of Structured English Immersion
  • Instructional Teaching Methodologies: Language, Math, Science, Social Studies, and the Arts
  • Student Teaching: Birth to Pre-School
  • Student Teaching: K-3

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Educational Administration - Master of Education
(With IR and Cert)

The Master of Education in Education Administration (Eligible for Credential) is a program designed for any individual interested in Educational Administration in the K-12 setting and is seeking an administrative certificate. Graduates of the program are prepared to become informed educational administrators in public and private schools and other settings requiring an administrative credential. Students must have a teaching certificate or be eligible for certification to be admitted into this program.

Courses in the Educational Administration (with IR and Cert) MEd Degree program include:
  • Supervision and Instructional Leadership
  • Curriculum Development for School Improvement
  • The Principalship
  • Internship in Educational Administration I & II

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Elementary Education - Master of Education
(With IR & Cert)

This program is designed for any individual interested in the education of children in Grades K-8 who is seeking initial teacher licensure. The format and courses of this regionally accredited and Arizona-approved program are tailored to meet the needs of the adult learner and to maximize the content knowledge that the teacher candidate will possess upon graduation. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of educational psychology, philosophy, methodology, and curriculum development. All courses are directly aligned with the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) principles, and/or the Council for Exceptional Children standards, as well as to the standards of applicable specialized professional associations. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within many of the courses guide students through more than 100 hours of observational and practice-based experiences, and the final semester of the program includes a full-time, 16-week student teaching component. These educational settings must be state-certified environments and mentor teachers must possess a valid teaching license.

Teacher candidates are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. Furthermore, teacher candidates should consult the Academic Catalog, University Policy Handbook, and an academic counselor to obtain information regarding current policies and procedures inherent in an initial teacher licensure program. Graduates of program are prepared to become informed educators in public and private schools and other settings requiring a teaching license.

Courses in the Elementary Education (with IR) MEd Degree program include:
  • Curriculum, Assessment, and Methods: Literacy
  • Curriculum, Assessment, and Methods: Science and Mathematics
  • Curriculum, Assessment, and Methods: Social Studies
  • Student Teaching: Elementary

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Elementary Education - Master of Education
(No IR & Cert)

This program is designed for any individual interested in the education of children in Grades K-8 who is seeking initial teacher licensure. The format and courses of this regionally accredited and Arizona-approved program are tailored to meet the needs of the adult learner and to maximize the content knowledge that the teacher candidate will possess upon graduation. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of educational psychology, philosophy, methodology, and curriculum development. All courses are directly aligned with the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) principles, and/or the Council for Exceptional Children standards, as well as to the standards of applicable specialized professional associations. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within many of the courses guide students through more than 100 hours of observational and practice-based experiences, and the final semester of the program includes a full-time, 16-week student teaching component. These educational settings must be state-certified environments and mentor teachers must possess a valid teaching license.

Teacher candidates are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. Furthermore, teacher candidates should consult the Academic Catalog, University Policy Handbook, and an academic counselor to obtain information regarding current policies and procedures inherent in an initial teacher licensure program. Graduates of program are prepared to become informed educators in public and private schools and other settings requiring a teaching license.

Courses in the Elementary Education (No IR) MEd Degree program include:
  • Curriculum, Assessment, and Methods: Literacy
  • Curriculum, Assessment, and Methods: Science and Mathematics
  • Curriculum, Assessment, and Methods: Social Studies
  • Student Teaching: Elementary

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Secondary Education - Master of Education
(With IR & Cert)

This program is designed for students interested in the education of children in grades 7-12 who are also seeking initial teaching licensure. The format and courses of this regionally accredited and Arizona-approved program are tailored to meet the needs of the adult learner and to maximize the content knowledge that the student already possesses. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of educational psychology, reading strategies, teaching methods, and curriculum development. All courses are directly aligned with the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) principles, as well as to the standards of applicable specialized professional associations. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within each course guide students through observational and practice-based experiences. Students must have access to a grade 7-12 classroom to complete the program and practicum assignments, which guide students through 130 hours of observational experiences. The final semester of the program includes a full-time, 16-week student teaching component. Graduates of the program are prepared to become informed educators in public and private schools and other settings requiring a teaching license. Applicants are required to produce documentation for a certifiable major in secondary education content area (24 credits) or they must complete the required credits during their program of study, either through GCU or through an accredited, GCU-approved institution, but prior to completion of the program of study. This major is any course of study commonly taught in grades 7-12 in public schools.

Students/applicants are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. Students/applicants should consult the Grand Canyon University Academic Catalog, University Policy Handbook, and an academic advisor on current policies and procedures specific to a teacher licensure program.

Courses in the Secondary Education (With IR & Cert) MEd Degree program include:
  • Adolescent Literacy
  • Reading & Literacy Strategies for Middle and Secondary Schools
  • Secondary Theory, Methods and Data-Driven Pedagogy
  • Secondary Curriculum Development & Assessment
  • Student Teaching: Secondary

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Secondary Education - Master of Education
(No IR & Cert)

This program is designed for students interested in the education of children in grades 7-12 who are also seeking initial teaching licensure. The format and courses of this regionally accredited and Arizona-approved program are tailored to meet the needs of the adult learner and to maximize the content knowledge that the student already possesses. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of educational psychology, reading strategies, teaching methods, and curriculum development. All courses are directly aligned with the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) principles, as well as to the standards of applicable specialized professional associations. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within each course guide students through observational and practice-based experiences. Students must have access to a grade 7-12 classroom to complete the program and practicum assignments, which guide students through 130 hours of observational experiences. The final semester of the program includes a full-time, 16-week student teaching component. Graduates of the program are prepared to become informed educators in public and private schools and other settings requiring a teaching license. Applicants are required to produce documentation for a certifiable major in secondary education content area (24 credits) or they must complete the required credits during their program of study, either through GCU or through an accredited, GCU-approved institution, but prior to completion of the program of study. This major is any course of study commonly taught in grades 7-12 in public schools.

Students/applicants are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. Students/applicants should consult the Grand Canyon University Academic Catalog, University Policy Handbook, and an academic advisor on current policies and procedures specific to a teacher licensure program.

Courses in the Secondary Education (No IR & Cert) MEd Degree program include:
  • Adolescent Literacy
  • Reading & Literacy Strategies for Middle and Secondary Schools
  • Secondary Theory, Methods and Data-Driven Pedagogy
  • Secondary Curriculum Development & Assessment
  • Student Teaching: Secondary

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Special Education : Cross-Categorical - Master of Education
(With IR)

The Master of Education in Special Education is a cross-categorical program designed for any individual interested in the education of special needs children in the K-12 setting, who wishes to seek a teaching certificate. The courses of the state and regionally accredited program are tailored to the adult learner. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share experience in learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disabilities, and other physical and cognitive impairments. Students must have access to a K-12 special education classroom to complete the program assignments. Graduates of the program are prepared to work with special needs populations and implement individualized educational plans to accommodate the various learning needs. Students must complete a full time 16 week student teaching component. The student should consult the Grand Canyon University Catalog and academic advisor on current policies and procedures in a teacher credentialing program.

Courses in the Special Education (With IR) MEd Degree program include:
  • Diagnosis & Assessment in Special Education
  • Characteristics of Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities & Strategies to Teach Individuals with EBD
  • Characteristics of Intellectual Disability & Strategies to Teach Individuals with ID
  • Educational Implications for Students with Physical and Health Impairments
  • Student Teaching: Cross-Categorical

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Special Education: Cross-Categorical - Master of Education
(No IR or Cert)

The Master of Education in Special Education is a cross-categorical program designed for any individual interested in the education of special needs children in the K-12 setting, but must postpone student teaching, or does not choose to seek a teaching certificate. The courses of the regionally accredited program are tailored to the adult learner. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share experience in learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disabilities, and other physical and cognitive impairments. Students must have access to a K-12 special education classroom to complete the program assignments. Graduates of the program are prepared to work with special needs populations and implement individualized educational plans to accommodate the students' various learning needs. The students are also prepared to move into a student teaching/credentialing component with Grand Canyon University at a later date.

Courses in the Special Education (No IR or Cert) MEd Degree program include:
  • Diagnosis & Assessment in Special Education
  • Characteristics of Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities & Strategies to Teach Individuals with EBD
  • Characteristics of Intellectual Disability & Strategies to Teach Individuals with ID
  • Educational Implications for Students with Physical and Health Impairments
  • Student Teaching: Cross-Categorical

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Special Education for Certified Special Educators - MEd
This program does not include a student teaching component, and does not therefore lead to licensure, but may lead to career advancement for those already licensed as teachers. The program is designed for students interested in advanced studies in special education and who possess a valid special education teaching license. Applicants are required to submit a copy of a current special education teaching license. The format and courses of this regionally accredited program are tailored to meet the needs of the adult learner and to maximize strengths that students already possess. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, emotional and physical disabilities, and other physical and cognitive impairments. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within each course guide students through observational and practice-based experiences. Students must have access to a K-12 special education classroom to complete the program assignments. Graduates of the program will be prepared to work with special needs populations and implement individualized educational plans to accommodate various learning needs of students with special needs.

Courses in the Special Education for Certified Special Educators MEd Degree program include:
  • Assessment in Special Education for Certified Special Educators
  • Strategies for Teaching Individuals with Emotional & Behavioral Disorders
  • Strategies to Teach Individuals With Intellectual Disability
  • Educational Implications for Students with Physical & Health Implications
  • Management & Strategic Instruction Practices for Students with Special Needs

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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - Master of Education
(No IR or Cert)

This program does not include a student teaching component, and does not therefore lead to licensure, but may lead to career advancement for those already licensed as teachers. The program is designed for licensed teachers or administrators with an interest in working with ESL students in or out of the classroom. Applicants to this program are required to submit a copy of a current teaching license or provide evidence of a minimum of one year of teaching experience. The format and courses of this regionally accredited program are tailored to meet the needs of the adult learner and to maximize strengths that the working educator possesses. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of linguistics, second language acquisition, and curriculum development. Courses are aligned to the TESOL standards. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program, but particularly in a TESOL practicum that guides students through observational and practice-based experiences. Graduates of the program are prepared to become leaders in the ESL/TESOL initiatives that districts must undertake in an ever-increasing school climate of diversity.

Courses in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (No IR or Cert) MEd Degree program include:
  • English Linguistics
  • Teaching a Second Language in the Content Areas
  • Teaching in a Pluralistic Society
  • Language & Reading Acquisition Theories & Research
  • TESOL Practicum

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Organizational Leadership / Higher Education Leadership
Doctor of Education

The Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership program develops the learner's ability to generate new knowledge and responsibly apply knowledge to achieve high-performing entities that allow organizational employees and followers to grow and develop to their full potential. Learners will study the major bodies of literature in leadership, reflect critically on existing theory, and identify appropriate applications of theory in education, business, and other organizational cultures. Learners will develop academic and organizational research expertise through the study of statistical and research methodologies. The program of study is consistent with Grand Canyon University's mission to develop learners who are global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible leaders. Graduates who earn the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Higher Education Leadership will advance the study of leadership within the field of higher education leadership with an in-depth, research-based approach to facilitate the leadership abilities and role as a strategic professional.

Courses in the Higher Education Leadership EdD Degree program include:
  • Strategic Planning and Change
  • Leading Across Cultures
  • Formalizing the Research Prospectus
  • Strategic Planning in Higher Education
Grand Canyon University Online

Founded in 1949, Grand Canyon University is an accredited, private, Christian university located in Phoenix, AZ. The University offers online and campus-based bachelor's and master's degree programs through the Ken Blanchard College of Business, College of Education, College of Nursing, College of Entrepreneurship and College of Liberal Arts. With an online and campus-based enrollment of more than 12,000, GCU emphasizes individual attention for both traditional and undergraduate students, as well as the working professional.

Grand Canyon University is consistently listed in US News and World Report and the Student Guide to America 's 100 Best College Buys

Course Schedules:

Based on semesters of 16 weeks each. Students can earn 6 credit hrs per semester, by taking one course at a time. Each course takes 8 weeks. Students are expected to access the virtual classroom 4 times per week.
Financing Options:

Checks and credit card payments are accepted.

The ECSI Tuition Payment Plan allows students to make monthly payments without interest or finance charges.

GCU offers a scholarship to active and veteran military, equaling $250/credit hour regardless of the program they enter. There are numerous military benefits from the government based on military status at the time of departure from the service as well as for active duty. There are several VA educational benefits a student may utilize at GCU such as the Montgomery GI Bill , Tuition Assistance (Top-Up), Tutorial Assistance, and Vocational Rehabilitation.

Employers offering to pay for tuition directly can use Direct Bill to pay GCU directly.

GCU also participates in a variety of financial aid programs.

GCU offers a special group of scholarships specifically for online students.
Accreditation:

Grand Canyon University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (NCA).