To become an English teacher, GCU offers a BS in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in English. This program is suitable for students who are preparing for a teaching career as a middle school or elementary English teacher and who are seeking initial teacher licensure. The format and courses of this regionally accredited and Arizona State Board of Education approved program are designed to maximize the content knowledge that the teacher candidate will possess upon graduation along with the content knowledge to meet the needs of 21st century learners by specializing in English.
As a teacher of Elementary Education, you will study topics such as curriculum development, classroom management, cultural diversity, English as a Second Language, methods of teaching technology in education, and educational psychology. All courses are directly aligned with professional teaching standards and the associated national content standards.
Although as an elementary teacher you‛ll be teaching all subjects, this program may be appropriate for someone with a passion for English. To become an English teacher at the elementary or middle school level, you‛ll study topics such as English grammar and linguistics, American literature, and the development of the short story. 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.
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University‛s General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
|Competency||Requirements||GCU Course Options||Total Credits|
|University Foundations||Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community. Students with fewer than 24 credits will fulfill the University Foundations requirement with a specified lower-division course. An upper-division selection will be made available to students that enter the university with more than 24 credits.||UNV-103/303, University Success: 4 credits||4 credits|
|Effective Communication||Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 6 credits||ENG-105, English Composition I: 4 credits
UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4 credits
|Critical Thinking||Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments. Students are required to take 8 credits of intermediate algebra or higher mathematics.||MAT-134, Applications of Algebra: 4 credits
MAT-260, College Geometry: 4 credits
|Global Awareness, Perspectives, Ethics and Humanities||Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate a global perspective and an awareness and appreciation of the scope and variety of literary works as expressions of individual or broader human values. Graduates will demonstrate information literacy which will enable them to locate and analyze information from a variety of sources.||CWV-101, Foundations of a Christian Worldview: 4 credits
PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4 credits
|Social Sciences||Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life, as well as examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods, social structures, and cultures.||SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4 credits
PSY-100, Psychology in Everyday Life: 4 credits
|Course #||Course Title||Course Description||Credits|
|EDU-210||Foundations of Education||This course is designed to provide an overview of the education profession for students who are inspired to be teachers. A brief survey of the philosophical, historical, and sociological influences upon which educational theories and practices are constructed is presented. Students explore a variety of the common issues, trends, and opportunities that professional educators face in the field. No practicum/field experience required. No Fingerprint Clearance necessary.||4|
|EDU-225||Instructional Technology||This course provides future teachers the opportunity to examine the use of technology in the 21st century classroom. In addition to studying and utilizing a variety of technologies, such as computer software and hardware, students develop a personal technology philosophy and classroom technology plan designed to enhance and shape their teaching skills and knowledge in order to better utilize emerging technology. No practicum/field experience required. No Fingerprint Clearance necessary.||4|
|SPE-226||Educating the Exceptional Learner||This writing-intensive course is a survey of the unique learning needs of exceptional students. Special focus is given to the referral process, appropriate instructional modifications and accommodations for exceptional students, hot topics and trends, and IDEA law. Practicum/field experience hours: 15. Prerequisite: Fingerprint Clearance.||4|
|EDU-230||Cultural Diversity in the Classroom||This course examines the relationship of cultural values to the formation of self-concept and learning styles. The roles of prejudice, stereotyping, and cultural incompatibilities in education are also evaluated. No practicum/field experience required. No Fingerprint Clearance necessary.||4|
|EDU-213||Educational Psychology||This course provides a thematically arranged study of the theories and principles of psychology that have influenced instructional practices. Behavioral and cognitive approaches to learning, motivation, and instruction are explored. No practicum/field experience required. No Fingerprint Clearance necessary.||4|
|ENG-250||Analysis of World Literature||This course is a study of some diverse works in world literature. It introduces all advanced English course offerings. Students will also be introduced to methods of literary criticism and analysis. All students who plan to major in English should earn a 3.00 or above in this course before taking any upper division English courses. Prerequisites: ENG-105 and ENG-106, or satisfactory completion of GCU‛s written communication competency.||4|
|ENG-260||English Literature I||This course is a survey of English Literature from the Old English period through the Enlightenment. Prerequisites: ENG-105 and ENG-106, or satisfactory completion of GCU‛s written communication competency; and ENG-250 for English majors.||4|
|ESL-223N||SEI English Language Teaching: Foundations & Methodologies||The historical, legal, theoretical, and sociological foundations of programs of instruction for students with non-English language backgrounds are presented. The study of models, prototypes, and methodologies for ESL instruction is included. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Prerequisites: Fingerprint Clearance.||3|
|POS-301||Arizona and Federal Government||This course is a survey of Arizona history and government, as well as American government. It meets the teacher certification requirement for Arizona government and American government.||2|
|ENG-358||Introduction to English Grammar and Linguistics||This course is a review of basic English syntax, form, and mechanics. It also introduces principles of grammar and linguistics and explores the historical development of English and its variations across social contexts. Prerequisites: Grade of 2.00 or higher in ENG-105 and ENG-106, or satisfactory completion of GCU‛s written communication competency.||4|
|ENG-350||American Literature I||This course is a study of outstanding authors, their works, and the literary movements from the Colonial Age to Romanticism (1850). Prerequisites: ENG-105 and ENG-106, or satisfactory completion of GCU‛s written communication competency; and ENG-250 for English majors.||4|
|ENG-356||The Short Story||This course is a study of the short story in English and in translation, its development, the different types, and an analysis of technique. Prerequisites: ENG-105 and ENG-106, or satisfactory completion of GCU‛s written communication competency; and ENG-250 for English majors.||4|
|EED-465||Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment: Social Studies||This course is designed to assist elementary teachers with methods of instruction, unit and daily lesson plan construction, use of literary materials and resources, and developing a coherent, assessment-based, data-driven program fostering social studies in the classroom. Laboratory experiences include multicultural classrooms. Practicum/field experience hours: 20. Prerequisites: Fingerprint Clearance, an undergraduate history course, and one of the following combinations: 1) EDU-215 and EDU-313N; or 2) EDU-210 and EDU-213.||4|
|EED-364||Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment: Science and Mathematics||This course is designed to acquaint elementary teachers with the curriculum, theory, and effective techniques for the teaching and assessment of science and mathematics. Students are involved in formulation of programs, planning instruction, employing science and mathematics resources and materials that are currently being used in the public schools, and using instructional models. This course includes laboratory experiences. Practicum/field experience hours: 20. Prerequisites: Fingerprint Clearance, an undergraduate science course, and one of the following combinations: 1) EDU-215 and EDU-313N; or 2) EDU-210 and EDU-213.||4|
|EED-470||Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment: Literacy and Language Arts K-3||This course includes a wide range of literacy and assessment strategies based on instructional outcomes. Course content is strategically planned to enable participants to make informed decisions based on data in literacy and language instruction. This course includes reading diagnostics, assessments, and strategies implemented with a single elementary student in a site-based reading lab. Practicum/field experience hours: 20. Prerequisites: Fingerprint Clearance and one of the following: 1) EDU-215; or 2) EDU-210.||4|
|EDU-450||Classroom Engagement and Management||This course is designed to allow prospective teachers the opportunity to learn techniques involved in the successful engagement and management of a learning environment. Major emphasis is given to the establishment of a realistic discipline plan to manage student behavior, as well as engagement and management techniques and strategies to maximize instructional time, classroom procedures, and physical space. Prerequisites: EDU-215 and EDU-230. No Fingerprint Clearance necessary.||4|
|EED-475||Curriculum, Methods, and Assessment: Literacy and Language Arts 4-8||This course is designed to develop a coherent, assessment-based, data-driven program fostering literacy in the classroom. Course content is strategically planned to enable participants to make informed decisions based on assessment data in literacy and language instruction. The course includes discourse theory as it pertains to the teaching of reading and writing. Emphasis is placed on planning and delivery of lessons in reading comprehension, literature, phonics, writing, oral language, vocabulary, and evaluation of learning. Practicum/field experience hours: 20. Prerequisites: Fingerprint Clearance and one of the following: 1) EDU-215; or 2) EDU-210.||4|
|ESL-433N||Advanced Methodologies of Structured English Immersion||In this course, students continue to examine the fundamentals of the legal, historical, and educational foundations of Structured English Immersion and other instructional programs for English Language Learners. Theoretical principles of language acquisition and the role of culture in learning are examined. Methods of assessment are identified and analyzed. Students identify strategies to promote English language development and improve student achievement. They plan, deliver, and evaluate instruction for English language learners. Practicum/field experience hours: 15. Prerequisite: Fingerprint Clearance and ESL-423N or ESL-223N.||3|
|EED-480NA||Student Teaching: Elementary Session A||Session A is the first of two 8-week sessions of the student teaching experience that includes practical classroom experiences, research and analysis, and teaching to support compilation and creation of a Teacher Work Sample (TWS). Prerequisites: Fingerprint Clearance; successful completion of all courses in POS and content area; senior status; a 2.8 GPA; successful completion of state mandated basic skills and content area exams or Praxis I® (Basic Skills) and Praxis II® (Content Area); and approval and placement by Office of Field Experience. Arizona residents will be required to take the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessment (AEPA). All paperwork for student teaching must be submitted by the due date the semester prior to student teaching.||6|
|EED-480NB||Student Teaching: Elementary Session B||This session is a continuation of Session A. Prerequisite for B: EED-480NA.||6|
|Required Course Total Credit:||80|
|General Education Requirements:||36|
|Open Elective Credits:||4 credits|
|Total Degree Requirements:||120 credits|
This program is offered in the following formats or locations:
An online education allows you the flexibility to fulfill your educational goals without distracting you from your career. Full-time faculty members support our online students while our dynamic tools allow for engaging and challenging discussions with classmates. Classes start every month.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.