Study Advanced Elementary Education Concepts in this Canyon L.E.A.P to Teach Program
The elementary education certificate offered through Grand Canyon University's Canyon L.E.A.P. to Teach program is intended for those looking to become a certified teacher. This program is designed specifically for those who already hold a bachelor's degree, are not working as a teacher, and have access to an elementary education classroom.
The elementary teaching certificate program assists candidates as they work as a teacher of record in an elementary classroom and pursue a non-traditional route to teacher licensure with the support of their school district.
Pursing Your Elementary Education Certificate With GCU
Study the Teaching Industry With an Elementary Education Graduate Certificate
This post-baccalaureate elementary education certificate serves as an alternative route for entering the field of education to champion students mental, emotional and social development, as well as to provide students with an academic foundation and passion for learning.
Courses within the elementary teaching certificate program teach you to:
- Meet the educational needs of students with mild to moderate disabilities and their families
- Identify the cognitive, linguistic, social and emotional patterns for students with exceptionalities
- Teach foundational skills to develop proficient readers
- Prepare elementary students with reading literacy skills across a range of texts and disciplines
- Examine the foundations of Structured English Immersion (SEI) and other instructional programs for English language learners
- Incorporate principles of language acquisition and the role of culture in learning
- Learn methods of assessment and strategies for using assessment to direct teaching strategies
- Create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, positive social interaction, active engagement and self-motivation
- Build upon foundational knowledge of equipping students to establish and maintain positive collaborative relationships
Career Options With a Canyon L.E.A.P. Elementary Education Certificate
By earning your elementary education certificate, you can prepare yourself for a career in teaching and supporting elementary-aged students in their academic endeavors. Through the Canyon L.E.A.P. to Teach program, this graduate certificate in elementary education can help you gain licensure to become a licensed teaching professional. With your certificate, you may pursue job opportunities such as a postsecondary education teacher, or elementary school teacher, with the exception of special education. Be sure to check with your specific state for licensure requirements.
Elementary Education Graduate Certificate FAQs
If you’re looking to teach elementary school students and enroll in a graduate certificate program, reach more about this career path in our frequently asked questions below.
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1 Online courses exclude programs with residencies and field experience.
2 Sartore, M. (3, March 2023). Teaching Requirements by State. The Best Schools. Retrieved May 15, 2023.
3 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers, as of May 2021, retrieved on May 16, 2023. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as kindergarten and elementary school teachers. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates.
If seeking licensure or certification, applicants to the program are responsible for contacting their state department of education for licensure requirements and program approval. In addition, fingerprint/background clearance is required.
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