Greetings from the College of Education! It is a pleasure and an honor to welcome you as a learner in our College.
The Mission of Grand Canyon University (GCU) is to prepare learners to become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible leaders by providing an academically-challenging, values-based curriculum from the context of our Christian heritage. Each element of the University's Mission Statement is uniquely addressed in the GCU curriculum and by the GCU culture, both of which shape a rich learning environment from which learners graduate with professional and life skills.
The College of Education operates as a unit of Grand Canyon University. As such, its mission statement as follows reflects the obligation of the College to support and promote the University's mission as well as to guide its own operations. Professional education programs at Grand Canyon University are designed to support and promote the university's mission to prepare learners to become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible leaders from the context of its Christian heritage. The College of Education inspires excellence in pedagogy and scholarship; advances reflective, innovative, and collaborative teaching practices to maximize student learning and achievement; promotes servant leadership in educational communities; and engages a diverse and global community of learners with purpose and passion.
Through its professional education programs, the College teaches that all students can learn and that focused teaching or administrator practice can maximize that learning and achievement. The culture and Christian heritage of the University promote a spirit of servant leadership within the College's faculty, staff, and learners so they can minister to people within the broader educational community. Education is a powerful tool with which to purposefully engage a diverse, global community; the College exhorts its faculty, staff, and learners to do so with fervor.
The College of Education's Arizona state-approved educator preparation programs are designed to promote the required knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for learners to become highly effective educational leaders in the broader educational community. Opportunities for teacher and administrator candidates to refine and apply them are integrated throughout their programs of study in practicum/field experiences, possibly culminating in a student teaching or internship experience dependent on the program. Non-certification programs are designed to increase the learner's knowledge and opportunities within their chosen fields of study.
As Dean, working with faculty, staff, and students across the College and University, I am dedicated and committed to providing our learners with high quality programs, excellent service, and supplemental resources that support the educational community at GCU. As learners prepare themselves as highly effective teachers and administrators in pursuit of their personal and professional goals, the College of Education is dedicated to train, support, and mentor them while upholding the highest integrity and ethical standards.
These are exciting times at Grand Canyon University, and particularly in the College of Education, as improvements and innovations are implemented throughout its programs. I am very interested in hearing from each and every one of you. Please feel free to contact me if you have any comments for the College of Education.
Dr. Kimberly A. LaPrade
Dean, College of Education