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Earn your Bachelor's in Education Degree at Grand Canyon University

Have you considered entering the rewarding field of education? 

The first step to becoming a teacher is to earn a bachelor's in education degree. Graduates from Grand Canyon University's bachelor's in education program are prepared to sit for their teaching licensure exam and become teachers in public, private and charter schools.

Founded in 1949, Grand Canyon University has a history of preparing students to become knowledgeable, caring and skilled teachers, able to effectively manage diverse classrooms. Our bachelor's in education program offers four specializations including early childhood education, elementary education,secondary education and special education that may be completed online or at our traditional campus in Phoenix, Arizona.

52 Teachers of the Year and Counting The College of Education has an outstanding reputation and is proud to have 52 graduates named Teacher of the Year, as well as a number of students recognized by the Rodel Foundation of Arizona.

Along with our outstanding graduates, GCU's College of Education has also built its reputation due to selecting instructors that are highly qualified in their fields, having earned numerous awards as authors, presenters and teachers. They use multiple means of instruction to train learners to use in their own educational environments one day.


Topics Covered In Our Bachelor's In Education Programs

Grand Canyon University's bachelor's in education program includes a broad liberal arts foundation. The first two years are spent on broader, liberal arts topics, and the last two years are spent in more specialized subject areas. The programs include not only content knowledge, but classes in pedagogy, or the art and science of teaching. Each of Grand Canyon University's bachelor's in education program includes a number of core education courses. Topics in these course courses include: the philosophical, historical and sociological influences in which education theories and practices are built; the use of technology in the 21st century classroom; the roles of prejudice and cultural incompatibilities in education; and the theories and principles of psychology. 

  Earn your Bachelors in Education Degree

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Student Teaching Experience

Teacher preparation programs require learners to spend between 100-200 hours in quality practicum/field experiences, based on program of choice, prior to student teaching or internship. After completing the required field experience hours, which include observation, participation and leadership, and passing their state specific content knowledge exam, students are able to begin student teaching. The student teaching experience is 16 weeks long and in the corresponding courses learners create a teacher work sample and practice their professional dispositions and skills in building relationships with school districts, schools, staff and teachers. Our learners recognize that their actions and interactions with these individuals will make an impact and create an impression of who they are personally and professionally
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Support Network and Expert Faculty

At Grand Canyon University, learners entering a bachelor's in education program will experience a network of support from the very start.

With an experienced Enrollment Counselor guiding you to the program that best aligns with your career goals, to an Academic Counselor who ensures you are registered for the correct classes to graduate on time, you are put on a path to success.

Our experienced practitioner faculty, mentor teachers, and teacher education/field experience specialists also serve as part of the support network, helping you progress through a customized success plan throughout their bachelor's in education program.

Our Promise to You

One of the unique aspects of GCU's bachelor's in education programs is the promise to provide first-year teaching assistance, as necessary, to graduates recommended for teacher certification at no cost. This assistance can be requested by the graduate, the principal or the superintendent and can range from a refresher course in the area of difficulty to receiving mentoring by faculty.


Aligned to National Standards

The primary goal of GCU's College of Education is to produce highly-effective teachers who have the knowledge, skills and dispositions to stimulate change in their students, schools and communities. The College of Education curriculum is aligned to the principles of the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium, as well as the standards of various specialized professional associations such as the:

  • National Council of Teachers for Mathematics
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • International Reading Association
  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards