Program Details

Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education - Initial Teacher Licensure Initial Program – Leads to Initial Teacher Licensure

Offered By: College of Education
Now Enrolling
Approximate Course Length: Online: 7 weeks [More Info]
Campus: 15 weeks
Total Program Credits: 120 Credits
Transfer Credits: Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division

Overview

Earn Your Bachelor's in Childhood Education

Prepare for a career in teaching infants through primary students with the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. Research child development and early interventions for children from birth to pre-K, and master the content knowledge needed for your grades K-3 initial licensure. Offered by the College of Education, this program provides the fundamentals for teaching and the coursework to prepare you to become a highly qualified teacher.

In small, dynamic academic settings, immerse yourself in faculty-led discussions with others passionate about the field of early childhood education. Study concepts that introduce you to teaching and learning in the 21st century classroom and strategies to build literacy and language skills in children, birth to 8 years old. Internship experiences throughout the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education degree program allow you to apply instructional methods and work with students of varying age groups, intellect and cultures. All coursework in this program aligns with the national teaching standards.

Programs leading to teacher certification may require practicum hours, state exams, student teaching and an institutional recommendation from Grand Canyon University.

Degree Outcomes

Early Childhood Education Degree Goals

In the bachelor's in early childhood education degree, you focus on topics to help develop young minds. Using research-based evidence, increase your awareness of the stages of growth and development and the related milestones. In addition, you explore ways to gauge children's attention and implement learning activities in creative ways. During internship experiences, taken throughout your program, child guidance and activity are examined during in a birth to preschool setting and in a K-3 setting. As a graduate who has successfully completed the coursework and state requirements, you may meet requirements for licensure in Arizona.

What You Will Learn

A Comprehensive Curriculum in Early Childhood Education

In this BS in early childhood education program, teacher candidates study topics such as:

  • Instruction methods for the exceptional learner and non-English speakers
  • Classroom engagement and management techniques
  • Developmental milestones and methods of evaluation
  • Curriculum development and teaching for language arts, math, science, health, social studies and the arts

Career Outcomes

Career Options with an Early Childhood Degree

Common jobs opportunities with a bachelors in early childhood education include preschool teacher, daycare director, child development specialist, school program director and education advocate. Potential places of work include public and private elementary schools, daycares, early childhood education centers and social service agencies.

GCU Classroom Lecture Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education - Initial Teacher Licensure

Course List

The programs offered at Grand Canyon University may vary by content and course length. You are currently viewing the program version available in Arizona. In order to view the specific course content and credit length available for your state, please contact a counselor at 1-855-GCU-LOPE or click here to request more information.
General Education Requirements:
34-40 credits
Major:
80 credits
Open Elective Credits:
0-6 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
120 credits

General Education Requirements

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.

Requirements

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.

GCU Course Options

  • UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4 credits
  • UNV-103, University Success: 4 credits
  • UNV-303, University Success: 4 credits
  • UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4 credits

Requirements

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 3 credits of English grammar or composition.

GCU Course Options

  • UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4 credits
  • ENG-105, English Composition I: 4 credits
  • ENG-106, English Composition II: 4 credits

Requirements

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.

GCU Course Options

  • CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4 credits
  • CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4 credits

Requirements

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 (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.

GCU Course Options

  • MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4 credits
  • MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4 credits
  • PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4 credits
  • MAT-134, Applications of Algebra: 4 credits
  • BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4 credits

Requirements

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 (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, crosscultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.

GCU Course Options

  • HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4 credits
  • PSY-100, Psychology in Everyday Life: 4 credits
  • SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course focuses on the fundamental basis of the field of early childhood education, including historical and philosophical foundations, current practices, ethics, models of teaching, and application in early childhood settings. Professional preparation requirements and professional development opportunities for early childhood educators will be explored. Practicum/field experience hours: 20. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course focuses on theories of learning and motivation, including young children's physical, cognitive, and social-cultural development from Birth to Age 5/Pre-K and K to Age 8/Grade 3. Students apply the theories to the early childhood classroom and examine their contemporary usefulness in supporting children's academic achievement and emotional development through the early childhood years.

Course Description

This course explores child growth and development - including health, safety, nutrition, and fitness - by examining the theories and domains associated with early childhood growth. Child, family, cultural, and community relationships are also investigated. Practicum/field experience hours: 20. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course focuses on analyzing theories of child development, the components of positive classroom environments, and classroom management programs, including the framework for the Guidance Approach. Research is utilized to investigate the social, cultural, and familial contexts that influence learning and development. Practicum/field experience hours: 20. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course explores characteristics and quality practices for typical and atypical behaviors of young children. Differentiated instruction and evaluation measures are examined in relation to meeting the needs of all learners in Birth to Age 5/Pre-K and K to Age 8/Grade 3 classrooms. Practicum/field experience hours: 20. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course provides future teachers the opportunity to examine and use technology in the 21st century for Birth to Age 5/Pre-K and K to Age 8/Grade 3 classrooms. Students develop a classroom technology plan designed to enhance and shape their teaching skills and knowledge to better utilize emerging technology. Fingerprint clearance not required.

Course Description

This course presents the historical, legal, theoretical, and sociological foundations of programs of instruction for English language learners. It includes an examination of the role of culture in learning and instructional program models, with a focus on Structured English Immersion. Teacher candidates are instructed in immersion strategies and the use of assessment data. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

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.

Course Description

This course is a study of literature written for children Birth to Age 5/Pre-K and K to Age 8/Grade 3. There is an emphasis on the different genres, examining each one's characteristics and contexts for use. Relevant teaching strategies and learning activities pertaining to each genre are also explored. Other topics covered in this course include criteria for evaluating, analyzing, and selecting children's literature, the integration of literature across the curriculum, and the involvement of families. Fingerprint clearance not required.

Course Description

This course looks at research in language and literacy development, with an emphasis on effective instructional strategies (such as phonemic awareness and decoding) in Birth to Age 5/Pre-K and K to Age 8/Grade 3. NAEYC Standards 1-5 are the focus of study. Practicum/field experience hours: None. Fingerprint clearance not required.

Course Description

This course examines instructional methodologies for teaching children Birth to Age 5/Pre-K and K to Age 8/Grade 3 with emphasis on math development and instruction. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course provides the learner with a robust view of assessment, evaluation, and testing for Birth to Age 5/Pre-K and K to Age 8/Grade 3. The processes of assessing, monitoring, and reporting the progress of young children’s performance are investigated as well as educated projections of how students are proceeding based on age/grade level standards. Areas of focus include the history and challenges of testing and the role of technology in assessment.  Practicum/field experience hours: None. Fingerprint clearance not required.

Course Description

This course examines instructional methodologies for teaching children Birth to Age 5/Pre-K and K to Age 8/Grade 3 with emphasis on science concepts. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course examines instructional methodologies for teaching children Birth to Age 5/Pre-K and K to Age 8/Grade 3 with emphasis on literacy development and instruction. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course covers historical foundations, theories, and models of child development for the Birth to Age 5/Pre-K and K to Age 8/Grade 3 populations that specifically address diversity, multicultural assimilations, and human change. Practicum/field experience hours: None. Fingerprint clearance not required.

Course Description

This course examines instructional methodologies for teaching children Birth to Age 5/Pre-K and K to Age 8/Grade 3 with emphasis on social studies instruction. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course examines instructional methodologies for teaching children Birth to Age 5/Pre-K and K to Age 8/Grade 3 with emphasis on the arts. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

In this course, teacher candidates 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. Teacher candidates 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. Fingerprint clearance required.

Course Description

This course is the first of two 8-week sessions of student teaching experience in a classroom. The teacher candidate is assigned to an approved school with a cooperating teacher, a university supervisor, and a student teaching course instructor. The course includes practical classroom experiences, research and analysis, and teaching duties that will support the compilation and creation of a Teacher Work Sample (TWS). In this session, teacher candidates are required to complete their internship experiences in a Birth to Pre-School classroom. Prerequisites: Fingerprint Clearance; successful completion of all courses in the program of study 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 Clinical Practice. 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.

Course Description

This course is the second of two 8-week sessions of the student teaching experience in a classroom. The student teacher is assigned to an approved school with a certified cooperating teacher, a university supervisor, and a Grand Canyon University course instructor. The course includes practical classroom experiences, research and analysis, and teaching duties that will support the compilation and creation of a Teacher Work Sample (TWS). The teacher candidates are required to complete their internship experiences in a K-3 classroom. 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 Clinical Practice. 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.

Faculty Bios

Program Locations

Campus

Campus

Join Grand Canyon University’s vibrant and growing campus community, with daytime classes designed for traditional students. Immerse yourself in a full undergraduate experience, complete with curriculum designed within the context of our Christian worldview. New modern classrooms, suite-style residence halls, popular dining options, resort-style swimming pools and a focus on creating a dynamic student life make GCU a top choice for high school graduates and transfer students. Exciting events, well-known guest speakers and Division I athletics round out the traditional student experience. Our welcoming campus community is the perfect place to find your purpose.
Online

Online

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.

On-campus program disclosures Online and Evening program disclosures

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