Program Details

Graduate Certificate of Completion in Elementary Education Teacher Preparation

Offered By: College of Education
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 15
Online: 6 weeks
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $530 per credit. [ More Info ]


Affect Change in the Classroom

The Graduate Certificate of Completion in Elementary Education, currently available in Florida, is a convenient program for provisionally licensed teachers to further their skills in the area of elementary education. Ideal students are elementary school teachers (except special education) who teach students basic academic, social and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level.

The graduate certificate in elementary education program places emphasis on meeting the educational needs of elementary-age children in a variety of settings. All courses within this College of Education program are online and directly align with specialized professional teaching standards and the associated national content standards. You must have access to a grades 1-8 classroom to complete assignments within many of the courses. These courses guide teacher candidates through required observational and practice-based experiences.

You must submit a copy of your current teaching license or provide evidence of a minimum of one year of teaching experience to apply for this program. In addition, it is essential to have access to a K-12 classroom to complete the program assignments.

Degree Outcomes

Achieve Higher Success in the Classroom

Upon completing this online graduate certificate program in education, your expanded knowledge base of child development, creating supportive learning environments and instructional methodologies can improve your success as an elementary instructor. An in-depth understanding of how children grow, interact socially, self-motivate, engage in learning and comprehend various texts as proficient readers can support individual positive student outcomes. Required practicum and field experience further enable you to explore concepts and apply training outside of the classroom.

This graduate certificate in elementary education equips you with advanced knowledge and skills of elementary instruction and learning concepts that meet the unique needs of students. Develop skills to align objectives, instruction and assessments with an emphasis on differentiating curriculum customized for these diverse students.

What You Will Learn

Explore Student-Driven Learning Concepts

Course topics in the teacher certificate program online include:

  • Recognizing varying patterns of learning and development
  • The construction of learning opportunities that support individual development, knowledge acquisition and motivation
  • Importance of establishing and maintaining positive collaborative relationships to support students
  • Collaboration with peers and colleagues to achieve instructional goals through action planning
  • Building knowledge to promote early literacy and independent readers
  • English language teaching foundations and methodologies with a focus on Structured English Immersion

Career Outcomes

Fulfill a Leadership Role in Elementary Education

Online coursework, practicums and fieldwork experience prepare you to approach your classroom in a leadership role with enhanced knowledge and skill sets in elementary education. You will have the necessary tools to increase student success in an engaging learning environment with student-tailored approaches to teaching. Grand Canyon University also offers placement assistance as part of the certificate program to help guide your career path.

Course List

The programs offered at Grand Canyon University may vary by content and course length. You are currently viewing the program version which is available in FL. For information about specific course content, credit length and VA approval in your state, please contact a counselor at 1-855-GCU-LOPE or click here to request more information.
15 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
15 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

Teacher candidates survey how children and early adolescents grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas while understanding the implications for designing and implementing developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences. This survey of the seminal concepts, principles, theories, and research related to development of children and young adolescents will allow teacher candidates to build foundational knowledge for constructing learning opportunities that support individual students’ development, acquisition of knowledge, and motivation. Practicum/field experience hours: None. Fingerprint clearance not required.

Course Description

Candidates in this course will develop skills in aligning objectives, instruction, and assessments. Special attention is given to differentiating curriculum for diverse students and using assessment data to guide instruction. Candidates will collaborate with peers and colleagues to achieve instructional goals through action planning. Review of current trends in instruction and assessment are presented to guide instructional decisions with a special focus on the needs of diverse students. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance 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

Teacher candidates examine how to teach foundational skills to develop proficient readers with the capacity to comprehend texts across a range of texts and disciplines. Teacher candidates build additional knowledge regarding print concepts, phonological awareness, phonics and word recognition, and fluency to promote early literacy and independent readers. Practicum/field experience hours: 6.

Course Description

Teacher candidates examine how to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self- motivation. Teacher candidates build foundational knowledge regarding the importance of establishing and maintaining positive collaborative relationships with families, school colleagues, and agencies in the larger community to promote the intellectual, social, emotional, physical growth, and well-being of children. Practicum/field experience hours: 6. Fingerprint clearance required.

Program Locations



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.

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Online and Evening program disclosures (8 months)

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.