Teaching Certification and Credential Center
The College of Education offers programs leading to initial licensure for teaching and/or administration. Such programs provide institutional recommendation (IR), which recognize education graduates as "eligible for a credential" or initial certification in their area of study. Programs offered online or on campus through GCU's College of Education lead to Arizona certification. For a teaching certification in a state other than Arizona, you must apply to your respective state department of education. Contact a field experience counselor in the Office of Clinical Practice for more information.
Educational Resources for Teaching Students
Knowledge grows with increased access to information and education. Educational resources provide access to relevant information for students in the College of Education. Get up-to-date information about teaching standards, salaries, departments of education, career prospects, professional organizations and more.
The Office of Clinical Practice offers several educational resources to support our teaching degree students as you partake in clinical practice experiences. These resources include:
- The Office of Clinical Practice, an information center for teacher candidates and educational administration intern and educational leadership program practicums and field experiences
- Clinical practice resources, including practicum and field experience forms and logs
- Specialists to help you determine the correct resources needed in your state, including fingerprint clearance
- Continued support during your student teaching or administration internship through your final steps to certification
Clinical experiences allow teaching students to:
- Apply coursework
- Observe mentor teachers in action
- Experience diversity of philosophies, strategies and settings
- Participate in many of the tasks and skills required of teachers
Education Program Essentials
There are ample essentials to prepare you to become an outstanding educator. At Grand Canyon University's (GCU) College of Education, we provide those that support our commitment to serving, leading and learning. Learning goals and benchmarks are strategically included as part of every education degree student's curriculum to assess competence and ensure they are on track. Teaching students also gain access to common resources and countless opportunities to prepare, serve and lead.
Servant Educators Program
The College of Education's Servant Educators program inspires community excellence in pedagogy and nurtures the global educational community by refining teaching methods, developing best practices and building relationships.
Teacher Candidate Exam Preparation
The College of Education aligns its curriculum with components required for teacher candidate testing. The curriculum that College of Education students study in their courses along with clinical practices all work together to prepare them for their state-required teacher certification exam(s).
Lopes Leap to Teach
Lopes Leap to Teach is a College of Education initiative launched in December 2014 to help Arizona school districts connect with qualified teachers. Districts and schools from across the state visit GCU's campus to present features of its schools' culture, curriculum, diverse programs and available resources. Through relationship building during these events, teacher candidates can learn more about each district and school for potential practicum hours, student teaching requests and future employment. The program has recently garnered recognition from the Arizona School Public Relations Association (ASPRA). It was named a 2015 recipient of the ASPRA*tions Award in the category of "School District for Excellence with a Specific Program."
The College of Education hosts student clubs and associations for interested future educators, administrators and policy makers. Network and learn while having fun.
GCU fosters civic awareness and encourages action through volunteering and student involvement. Learn how to become actively engaged in your community with outreach programs such as Lopes for Literacy.
iteach is an accredited educator preparation program that combines the convenience of online learning with in-person mentorship. If you have completed the iteach program, you may be eligible to transfer credit hours toward one of the education degrees at GCU.
Professional Disposition of Learners
Dispositions are the values, commitments and professional ethics that influence behaviors toward students, families, colleagues and communities. For GCU College of Education students, these dispositions flow from the university's mission statement. Visit the Professional Disposition of Learners to find out more.