ABOUT GCU’S CONTINUING EDUCATION COURSES

Are you ready to improve your teaching skills or advance your career? Grand Canyon University (GCU) is the educator's preferred choice for continuing education. Here, expert practitioners deliver a wide variety of enriching learning experiences to both degree and non-degree seeking students.

GCU's continuing education courses offer an affordable and convenient pathway to learn new concepts, earn graduate credits for licensure, certification or endorsements, fulfill prerequisites or accelerate your education program. Classes start each month and students can earn up to three (3) graduate credits in six (6) weeks.

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GCU Continuing Education Courses

EAD-505TE: Education Law for K-12 School Administrators
This course will introduce candidates to the laws and policies governing and relating to PreK-12 education in the United States. Through case studies, a broad range of topics will be examined including, due process, discipline, freedom of speech, school safety, discrimination, religion in schools, and rights of students with disabilities. These and other topics will be framed in context to inform the future principal's role in improving outcomes for all students.

EDA-536TE: School Finance for Current Practitioners
This course addresses issues of school finance. Concepts of taxation, sources of revenue, basic budget designs, processes and techniques are studied. Additionally, consideration is given to the major challenges in the daily operation of local schools.

EDA-537TE: Supervision and Instructional Leadership for Current Practitioners
This course addresses the topic of supervising instruction within several arenas of the educational environment. Students will gain knowledge and understanding for the application of the models and theories of supervision and instructional leadership.

EDA-538TE: Data-Driven Decisions for School Improvement for Current Practitioners
This course provides participants with a wide range of strategies to facilitate the process of school improvement through evidence-based inquiry. Students utilize systematic processes to gather and analyze data while developing a school improvement plan.

EDA-539TE: Strengthening Curriculum to Promote Continuous School Improvement for Current Practitioners
This course prepares current practitioners to become effective, instructional leaders in the evaluation, implementation and articulation of the school-wide curriculum to promote continuous school improvement. Learners will become aware of their own curriculum philosophy and the importance of connecting a guaranteed and viable curriculum with effective instructional practices, i.e., planning, delivery and assessment of learning outcomes to promote student success.

ECH-521TE: Early Literacy Development for Current Practitioners
This course addresses early language development and teaching strategies, supporting literacy development for those working with students from birth to age 8. The stages of oral and emergent language are addressed through language and literacy development. Application of phonemic and alphabetic principle skills is addressed through hands-on assignments. The course allows learners to demonstrate how an effective literacy environment can be developed.

      

EDU-505TE: Influences of Family and Community Engagement
Educators will explore how issues related to family relationships and community environments interplay to influence classroom dynamics. Special attention is given to family interaction patterns, including communication processes, power relationships, open and closed family systems, parent-child relationships, and conflict resolution processes. Emphasis is placed on frameworks, materials, and strategies for building relationships with family and community members as well as the development of successful family and community involvement in the classroom.

EDU-522TE: K-12 Curriculum Design and Development
This course offers an overview of the factors, principles and elements of curriculum development in the elementary and secondary school. Emphasis is on philosophical and psychological influences in education, as well as designing and evaluating curricular patterns for urban schools.

EDU-535TE: Classroom Management for Current Practitioners
This course allows the learner to apply effective classroom management strategies, analyze current trends for well-managed classrooms, and foster a positive classroom environment appropriate to students' developmental levels.

EED-515TE: Curriculum, Assessment, and Methods for Elementary Math & Science for Current Practitioners
This course is designed to provide practicing teachers with curriculum and effective techniques for the teaching of science and mathematics. Students are involved in planning instruction and assessment for combined curriculum lesson plans.

EED-516TE: K-3 Reading Methods for Current Practitioners
This course examines methods to help children in grades K-3 develop literacy skills through a focused reading program that integrates decoding and comprehension in a literature-based environment.

EED-517TE: Methods of Teaching Social Studies in Elementary Schools for Current Practitioners
This course offers students an opportunity to develop an authentic performance activity informed by social studies state and national standards. The course focuses on meaningful instruction and assessment of learning in the social studies, along with effective practice and integrated instruction and methodology.

ELM-505TE: Foundational Literacy Skills and Phonics
Candidates will examine tools and strategies for effective research-based phonics instruction. Topics include assessment in and instruction of phonemes, phonemic awareness, graphemes, phonics, spelling, and word recognition for reading and writing. The relation of deficits in phonemic awareness, decoding, spelling, and word recognition to reading disabilities will also be explored.

SED-533TE: Early Adolescent Psychology in Middle School Teaching for Current Practitioners
This course explores the physical, psychological, and socio-emotional development of adolescents in the middle-school setting. Also discussed are strategies for promoting positive habits for adolescents to enrich the health of body, mind, and emotions.

SED-534TE: Middle School Teaching Curriculum and Methods for Current Practitioners
This course examines the developmental characteristics and needs of young adolescents and the relationship between these characteristics and middle-school practices. Age-appropriate instructional strategies are studied. Learners consider implications for middle-school curriculum and classroom instruction.

SED-536TE: Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Secondary Schools for Current Practitioners
This course is designed to develop teachers' understanding of and ability to apply the methods and principles of effective instruction in the secondary mathematics classroom. Topics discussed include the importance of planning for instruction, national principles and standards for school mathematics instruction, instructional strategies, and the integration of technology and Web resources to enhance mathematics instruction and increase student achievement.

SED-537TE: Methods of Teaching Science in Secondary Schools for Current Practitioners
This course covers the methods of instruction, organization, and presentation of scientific content to secondary school students. Topics include curriculum, stockroom organization, lab safety and liability, visual aid preparation, computer use in the classroom, and research issues in education.

SED-538TE: Methods of Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools for Current Practitioners
This course examines different learning modalities, instructional strategies, and the use of technology to help design and deliver effective social studies lessons that are aligned to standards and increase student achievement. Major themes, philosophical frameworks, instructional techniques, and the creation of informal, formal, and formative assessments are reviewed.

SPD-503TE: Foundations of Gifted Education
In this course, educators explore the historical foundations and evolution of gifted education, including definitions of giftedness. Educators compare and contrast perspectives of giftedness, and describe characteristics of gifted, talented, and creative students and their implications for academic instruction. Emphasis is placed on identifying major contributors and their contributions to the field of gifted education, as well as major theories of intelligence and their relevance to gifted education.

SPD-513TE: Instructional Methods in Gifted Education
This course outlines instructional and managerial techniques used to address the individual learning needs, strengths, styles, and preferences of gifted, talented, and creative students in K-12 classrooms. Educators explore the design, delivery, and implementation of differentiated curriculum and instruction for gifted learners. Emphasis is placed on differentiation strategies that improve student achievement through use of instructional strategies targeting large groups, small groups, and individuals.

POS-530TE: Arizona and Federal Government for Current Practitioners
This course is a survey of Arizona history and government as well as of American government. It meets the teacher certification requirement for the study of Arizona government and American government. (2 weeks/1 credit)

        

EED-516TE: K-3 Reading Methods for Current Practitioners
This course examines methods to help children in grades K-3 develop literacy skills through a focused reading program that integrates decoding and comprehension in a literature-based environment.

ELM-505TE: Foundational Literacy Skills and Phonics
Candidates will examine tools and strategies for effective research-based phonics instruction. Topics include assessment in and instruction of phonemes, phonemic awareness, graphemes, phonics, spelling, and word recognition for reading and writing. The relation of deficits in phonemic awareness, decoding, spelling, and word recognition to reading disabilities will also be explored.

RDG-520TE: Elementary Education Reading and Writing for Current Practitioners
This course is designed to allow students to acquire foundational knowledge related to principles of balanced literacy (i.e., the teaching of reading and writing together). Learners acquire reading and writing strategies to implement within the elementary classroom.

RDG-526TE: The Reading Process for Current Practitioners
This course provides participants with a solid foundation in the reading process and its real-world applications. The three stages of literacy acquisition and growth are discussed at each cognitive level.

RDG-527TE: How to Comprehend Literacy and Literature for Current Practitioners
In this course, learners are exposed to literary elements of both narrative and expository text. Strategies for the development of comprehension and vocabulary skills that promote understanding of literature are also explored.

RDG-528TE: Reading Diagnosis: The Application of and Rationale for Assessment for Current Practitioners
Learners explore informal and formal reading assessments and analyze specific literary measures given at their schools. An opportunity to administer an informal reading inventory is provided. This course meets the following International Reading Association (IRA) Standards: 1 and 2.

RDG-533TE: Corrective Reading Assessment for Current Practitioners
Participants in this course are provided with informal tools that diagnose common reading problems. Learners investigate how to identify and implement a corrective action plan as well as analyze and reflect on the results of the corrective action plan.





RDG-534TE: Secondary Education Literacy and Writing for Current Practitioners
This course is designed for students to acquire knowledge related to principles of balanced literacy (teaching of reading and writing together). Learners study reading and writing strategies to implement within the secondary classroom.

RDG-537TE: Elementary Reading in the Content Areas for Current Practitioners
This course links reading skills across the curriculum through the use of instructional strategies and assessments. The use of textbooks, trade books, and literature is explored, with a focus on strategies that are relevant in every elementary content area.

RDG-538TE: Secondary Reading in the Content Areas for Current Practitioners
This course links reading skills across the curriculum through the use of instructional strategies and assessments. The use of textbooks, trade books, and literature is explored, with a focus on strategies that are relevant in every secondary content area.

RDG-542TE: Instructional Leadership and Literacy Coaching for Current Practitioners
The course provides teachers with an understanding of the complexity of being a leader in times of change and affords them the opportunity to develop a vision of systemic change and demonstrate practical skills for ensuring smooth day-to-day operations within their schools.

RDG-560TE: Elementary Education Reading Practicum for Current Practitioners
Participants use an informal reading inventory to diagnose and assess reading abilities. Each participant assesses an elementary education student and implements an individualized one-on-one action plan with the student based on the assessment results.

RDG-561TE: Secondary Education Reading Practicum for Current Practitioners
Participants use an informal reading inventory to diagnose and assess reading abilities. Each participant assesses a secondary education student and implements an individualized one-on-one action plan with the student based on the assessment results.

REA-500TE: Foundations in Reading
Educators survey the theoretical and evidence-based foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction. This survey includes an exploration of the historical foundations of reading through current reading and writing development, processes, and components. Educators are introduced to ethical and professional roles of reading specialists and literacy coaches.

SPD-500TE - Survey of Special Populations: Mild to Moderate Disabilities Syllabus
Educators are introduced to the educational needs of students with mild to moderate disabilities and their families, including the definitions, characteristics, prevalence, causes and educational approaches to these disabilities and disorders. They will identify cognitive, linguistic, social and emotional patterns of learning and development for students with mild to moderate disabilities. Concluding the course, educators will survey the special education process involving the application of various laws and regulations.

SPD-501TE: Collaborations and Communications in Special Education
Teacher candidates survey theories and models for effective collaboration and communication with students with exceptionalities, colleagues, other school professionals, families, and community members. In addition, teacher candidates apply collaboration and communication theories and models, incorporating technology, across a wide range of contexts to ensure active involvement in the education process for students with exceptionalities.

SPD-505TE: Foundations in Autism Spectrum Disorder
This course orients special educators to the theoretical foundations of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Special educators will focus on the exceptional needs of students with ASD and teacher's responsibilities to determining eligibility and assessment. This course also examines diagnoses and implications in the school environment.

SPD-570TE: Methods of Teaching Math to Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
Educators build foundational knowledge on a variety of research-based instructional strategies to encourage individuals with mild to moderate disabilities to develop understandings and connections within content areas and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways. From this foundational knowledge, teacher candidates select, adapt and use research-based instructional strategies and interventions in academic and specialized curricula to advance the learning of students with mild to moderate disabilities with focused attention upon mathematics.

SPD-580TE: Methods of Teaching Language Arts to Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities
Educators select, adapt, and use research-based instructional strategies and interventions in academic and specialized curricula to individualize meaningful and challenging learning for students with mild to moderate disabilities, with an emphasis on literacy.

SPE-501TE: Overview of Special Education for Current Practitioners
This course orients learners to the field of special education. The learner is introduced to the thirteen disabilities defined by Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), to Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), and to instructional planning for students with Exceptional Learning Needs (ELN).

SPE-502TE: Characteristics and Strategies for Teaching Individuals with Autism for Current Practitioners
This course reviews autism as a developmental disorder. Autism is more prevalent in our classrooms; therefore, the course focuses on strategies and technologies used to assist the learning process for children with autism.

SPE-506TE: Classroom Management for Students with Special Needs for Current Practitioner
This course discusses the characteristics and effective implementation of various behavior modification strategies. Positive Behavior Support (PBS) and Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) are discussed.

SPE-509TE: Collaborative Processes in Special Education for Current Practitioners
Emphasis is placed on the practical application of skills and strategies needed to fulfill. The roles and responsibilities of educators in meeting the needs of learners with disabilities in the general education classroom. Course content focuses on collaboration between all members of a student's education team. Collaborative models and professional roles/responsibilities will be addressed.




SPE-511TE: Special Education Assessment for Current Practitioners
This course explores the system of assessing exceptional children, focusing on the evaluation of a child's abilities, strengths, and needs. Common assessment tools used in public school special education programs are examined, with an emphasis on the legislation and diagnostic procedures involved. Test construction and score interpretation techniques are discussed, and general instructional practices and behavioral recommendations are addressed.

SPE-516TE: Special Education Litigation and Law for Current Practitioners
This course introduces learners to legal issues in special education. The evolution of special education laws, including a close examination of IDEA and its impact on stakeholders, is examined. Learners apply knowledge of special education law to case studies.

SPE-521TE: Characteristics and Strategies for Mild to Moderate Intellectual Disabilities for Current Practitioners
This course provides teachers in special education with additional knowledge of Intellectual Disabilities (ID), with a focus on law and litigation, definition, causes, and characteristics of ID in children and adults. The impact of ID on the lives of individuals and the necessary support systems for quality of life are examined.

SPE-524TE: Inclusion and Collaboration Practices for Current Practitioners
This course focuses on the inclusion and collaboration process of students with special needs in general education classrooms. Legislation pertaining to special education programs in public schools is discussed. Students examine the strategies that enable successful mainstreaming for both the exceptional child and the general education teacher.

SPE-530TE: Characteristics and Strategies for Mild to Moderate Learning Disabilities for Current Practitioners
This course provides knowledge of learning disabilities (LD), including law, definition, and causes and characteristics of LD in children and adults. Effective teaching strategies for planning, implementing, and evaluating instruction based on appropriate assessment for elementary and secondary students with LD in special and regular education classes are investigated.

SPE-531TE: Characteristics and Strategies for Severe and Profound Disabilities for Current Practitioners
This course is designed to provide learners with an overview of the current research, strategies, and methodologies for students with severe and profound disabilities.

SPE-532TE: Characteristics and Strategies for Mild to Moderate Emotional Disabilities for Current Practitioners
This course outlines issues surrounding emotional disabilities (ED), including law and litigation, definition, etiology, types, and characteristics of learners with ED. Assessment techniques and specific individual and group behavior management models, programs, strategies, and interventions for elementary and secondary students with ED in special and regular education classes are investigated.

SPE-541TE: Assistive Technology for Current Practitioners
This course provides teachers with knowledge of assistive technology in relation to Special Education. The course focuses on the legal history, purpose, and types of assistive technology.

ESL-500TE: SEI English Language Teaching: Foundations and Methodologies
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. Students will be instructed in immersion strategies and the use of assessment data. The content of this course correlates with the NBPTS English as a New Language Standards, Standard I: Knowledge of Students, Standard III: Knowledge of Culture and Diversity, Standard VIII: Learning Environment, Standard IX: Assessment, Standard XI: Linkages with Families. This course meets the AZ Provisional SEI Endorsement Standards.




ESL-501TE: Advanced Methodologies of Structured English Instruction
In this course, students continue to examine the fundamentals of the legal, historical, and educational foundations of Structured English Instruction (SEI) 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 will identify strategies to promote English language development and improve student achievement. They will plan, deliver, and evaluate instruction for English Language Learners.

TEC-524TE: K-12 Curriculum and Technology Integration for Current Practitioners
This course focuses on curriculum designs that include contemporary tools and resources to maximize student learning, inspire creativity, and foster innovation. This course also explores methods of engaging learners by using digital tools to address real-world issues and solve authentic problems. The use of tools such as social networking, presentation software, multimedia social spaces, blogs, and Web feeds to advance student learning is also addressed.