Education Degree Programs

As a future educator, you understand the importance of a quality education and the role it plays in students’ lives. Choosing one of Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) education degrees affords you the firm foundation needed to shape tomorrow’s future. Choose an online Master of Education, pursue a bachelor’s degree in education on our main campus or enhance your knowledge in a specific area with individual courses.

About GCU’s College of Education

Reaffirming our heritage as a leading school for teaching, we take advantage of all opportunities to engage, instruct and inspire students of all ages. Whether you are studying on our main campus, earning one of our degrees online or taking evening classes, our faculty incorporates modern pedagogy, including student-driven learning concepts and technology, into everyday practices. Integrating philosophy with real-world knowledge, our education degree programs implement strategies that help you think more critically and prepare you for an enriching career in education.


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Undergraduate Education Degrees

Earning an undergraduate education degree is your first step on your journey to a rewarding career in the field of education. If you feel teaching is your calling, our education degrees can help you gain a foundation in education theories and practices, while understanding the importance of learning, leading and serving. You can gain hands-on experience during quality practicum or field experiences, and during your student teaching.


Arts and Science Education

The College of Education, in conjunction with our other distinct colleges, is pleased to offer secondary education content degrees that help students prepare to teach grades 7-12. These programs in history, communications, science and mathematics help students to become subject matter experts in their areas while also allowing them to gain a solid foundation in education best practices. Study on GCU’s main campus to pursue your degree in education.


Education Masters Programs

The masters in education programs at GCU provide a modern and rounded curriculum for you to take the next step in your teaching journey. We offer accredited teaching degree programs that can help you qualify for endorsements and promotions while leading the next generation of young learners. Take classes online so you can study on your time and maintain a balance between life and work.

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Dual Enrollment

It is never too soon for high school seniors to earn college credits at GCU. Students can get a head start on learning with dual enrollment opportunities.

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Single Courses

GCU caters learning to both degree and non-degree seeking students. Explore our individual course offerings.

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Minors for Education Majors

GCU caters learning to both degree and non-degree seeking students. Explore our individual course offerings.

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Continuing Education for Teachers

GCU is an educator's preferred choice for continuing education credits. Whatever your needs – recertification, licensure, endorsements – courses are available online or on campus.

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Pathways to Teaching

Education degree programs in the College of Education are approved by the Arizona Department of Education.

Why do future educators choose GCU?

  • We offer initial teacher preparation options for bachelor's and master's degrees in education degrees.
  • Field experience, exam preparation and student teaching are part of your learning journey.
  • Our curriculum aligns with national standards.

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Alternative Teaching Program

The Alternative Teaching Program is an alternative pathway to teacher licensure that is designed for students who have secured a contract with a district and who are currently enrolled and actively participating in one of the following master's degree programs:

Under the Alternative Teaching Program, students who meet specific eligibility requirements work under contract in an appropriate classroom while completing their coursework. For more information, contact a university counselor.

To be eligible, you must have:

  • An official transcript showing a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • A current AZ IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card
  • A full-time contracted teaching position in an area that meets the requirements for the Alternative Teaching Program and the requirements of your program of study
  • Be currently enrolled and actively participating in an eligible master's program
  • A completed Alternative Teaching Packet
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