Master of Education in Special Education (Leads to Initial Teacher Licensure)

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Master of Education in Special Education (Leads to Initial Teacher Licensure)

Online, Evening-Campus Programs

for residents of AK, NV, TN, SD, NJ, NH, AS, AR, ID, NC, IA, NE, PR, MT, MD, ME, MO, NM, AL, MA, MI, KS, DC, PA, CA, WA, GU, MN, WI, IL, WY, CO, FL, DE, KY, VT, MP, IN, WV, HI, AZ, ND, RI, TX, UT, CT, SC, GA, OR, VI, LA, NY, OH, OK, VA, MS

Alaska

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Initial License license/certificate from Alaska. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Licensure with Deficiencies

Based upon a review of the regulations on 01/14/2020, graduates from this program may obtain a license in the state. This state allows graduates from this program to obtain a license with specific deficiencies. The license provided will include additional conditions which the state requires the applicant to meet to maintain licensure. Individuals with specific questions about this state’s process or regulations are advised to contact the state board to determine if the program will meet the individual’s needs. The state contact information and any known additional coursework and/or training which will be required after licensure are outlined below.


Additional Coursework Requirements

The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development require applicants to complete two additional courses in addition to the program at GCU. The student will be required to complete:
- 3 semester hours of approved Alaska Studies, AND
- 3 semester hours of approved Alaska Multicultural Coursework.

- OR -

- 3 semester hours of approved Alaska Studies AND
- Multicultural Education Course

To find approved courses go to https://education.alaska.gov/teachercertification/culture#

If applying directly to Alaska, these courses would need to be completed before applying for licensure. If applying under reciprocity, there is a three year grace period to complete the above courses. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of and meet the educational course requirements for the state in which they are applying for licensure.


Additional Training Requirements

The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development require applicants to complete the following mandatory trainings within five years prior to the date of application:
* Sexual abuse awareness and prevention
* Alcohol or drug related disabilities
* Dating violence awareness and prevention
* Suicide awareness and prevention

Only trainings approved by an Alaska public school district or the Department of Education & Early Development (DEED) will satisfy this requirement. Trainings offered by universities and other organizations must be approved by DEED.

Applicants for certification will need to provide evidence of the completion of the approved trainings. The following documents can be submitted as evidence of completion of the approved trainings:
*A record of training with signature of district superintendent or appointed designee or a dean of an accredited school of education;
*A certificate of completion from a training program approved by DEED (See eLearning courses below); or
*An official transcript showing the completion of a training course approved by DEED.

More information can be found at: https://education.alaska.gov/teachercertification/mandatorytraining

If applying directly to Alaska, these trainings would need to be completed before applying for licensure. If applying under reciprocity, there is a three year grace period to complete the above training. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of and meet the training requirements for their state.


Field Placement Requirements

In the state of Alaska, before practicum can begin, students must receive a Student Teacher Authorization. Student Teacher Authorization applications may take up to four months to be processed. To apply for a Student Teacher Authorization, the student must submit all necessary items in a single packet. The packet must include:

1. A completed Student Teacher Authorization Packet
2. FBI applicant fingerprint card (FD258) or previous background clearance
3. Verification of passing scores on an approved Basic Competency Exam (BCE)
4. A completed Student Teacher Program Enrollment Form
5. Online payment receipt, money order or cashier's check

The application and supporting documents must be mailed to the Teacher Certification office at:
Department of Education and Early Development
Teacher Certification
PO Box 110500
Juneau, AK 99811-0500

Photocopies, scanned or faxed applications will not be accepted.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Alaska Department of Education and Early Development
801 West 10th Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 110500
Juneau, AK, 99811-0500
907-465-2831
http://www.eed.state.ak.us/TeacherCertification/

Nevada

Effective: February 5, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Initial Teacher Licensure license/certificate from Nevada. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


State Specific Version

Residents of this state intending to enroll in this program must take a modified version of the program outlined on GCU.edu. For more information and to review the specific list of courses specific to this state, please contact a University Counselor or review the course listing provided in the Enrollment Agreement.


Meets - Approved by the State

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 12/30/2019, this program meets the educational requirements for licensure in this state.


Agency Approval Granted

The Grand Canyon University College of Education Alternative Route to Licensure (ARL) programs are approved by the Nevada Department of Education in the areas of early childhood, elementary, secondary and special education.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. Students are advised to contact the agency in the state in which they intend to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. If you wish to review your state’s licensure and certification requirements, the agency contact in your current location is:

Nevada Department of Education
2080 E. Flamingo Rd
Suite 210
Las Vegas, NV, 89119
702-486-6458
http://nde.doe.nv.gov/

Tennessee

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Practitioner License license/certificate from Tennessee. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - May directly certify

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/13/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements to directly certify for licensure in this state.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Tennessee Department of Education
Andrew Johnson Tower - 12th Floor
710 James Robertson Parkway
Nashville, TN, 37243
615-741-2731
http://www.tn.gov/education/

South Dakota

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Provisional Teacher License license/certificate from South Dakota. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - Apply to state with valid AZ license

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/03/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements in this state. Graduates from this program are eligible to obtain a credential in this state, if they have first obtained a credential from the professional licensing agency in Arizona. Graduates in these states will be required to provide an Arizona credential that is free of deficiencies to this state licensing board as part of the application process. To do so, graduates will have to meet all Arizona requirements for licensure prior to seeking licensure in this state.


Additional Coursework Requirements

The South Dakota Department of Education requires all applicants show verification of successful completion of an approved three-credit South Dakota Indian studies course. Students applying to the South Dakota Department of Education via reciprocity will be given a one year Provisional Certificate. The student is expected to complete the South Dakota Indian studies course before the expiration of the Provisional License. For students applying directly to South Dakota Department of Education, all content exams as well as the South Indian Studies course will need to be competed before applying for certification. Students will need to take additional coursework outside of GCU's program in order to meet the requirement. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of and meet the educational course requirements for their state.


Additional Training Requirements

The South Dakota Department of Education requires all applicants show verification of successful completion of one clock hour of approved Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training. This training needs to be complete before applying for certification. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of and meet the training requirements for their state.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

South Dakota Department of Education
800 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD, 57501
605-773-3134
http://www.doe.sd.gov/

New Jersey

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Certificate of Eligibility license/certificate from New Jersey. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - May directly certify

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 12/26/2019, this program appears to meet the educational requirements to directly certify for licensure in this state.


Additional Training Requirements

New Jersey COE Additional Training Requirement
The New Jersey Department of Education requires an examination in physiology, hygiene and substance abuse issues. This requirement may be completed by presenting evidence of basic military training; OR by completing a course such as biology, health or nutrition that appears on a regionally accredited two- or four-year college or university transcript; OR by completing a 35-question true/false test administered in the county office of education. Individuals must meet this requirement prior to applying for certification.


Professional Experience Requirements

New Jersey Special Education Requirement
In order to be eligible for an endorsement in Special Education by the New Jersey Department of Education, applicants must already be certified in Early Childhood, Elementary or Secondary Education. Special Education can only be added to the grade range the student is already authorized to teach. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of and meet the requirements for a Certificate of Eligibility in any approved area. More information can be found at the New Jersey Department of Education website at http://www.state.nj.us/education/.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

New Jersey Department of Education
P.O. Box 500
Trenton, NJ, 08625-0500
609-292-2070
http://www.nj.gov/education/

New Hampshire

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Beginning Educator Certificate license/certificate from New Hampshire. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - May directly certify

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 12/26/2019, this program appears to meet the educational requirements to directly certify for licensure in this state.


Professional Experience Requirements

There are no professional experience requirements for this program.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

New Hampshire Department of Education
101 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH, 03301-3494
603-271-2409
http://www.education.nh.gov/index.htm

American Samoa

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a license/certificate from American Samoa. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Does Not Meet

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/31/2020, this program content does not meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Individuals may enroll in this program for general interest, however, the program will not lead to professional licensure in the state.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Board of Higher Education American Samoa Community College
P.O. Box 2609
Pago Pago, AS, 96799
(684) 699-9155
http://www.amsamoa.edu/

Arkansas

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Provisional License license/certificate from Arkansas. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - Apply to state with valid AZ license

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/15/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements in this state. Graduates from this program are eligible to obtain a credential in this state, if they have first obtained a credential from the professional licensing agency in Arizona. Graduates in these states will be required to provide an Arizona credential that is free of deficiencies to this state licensing board as part of the application process. To do so, graduates will have to meet all Arizona requirements for licensure prior to seeking licensure in this state.


Additional Training Requirements

The Arkansas Department of Education requires applicants to show documentation of the following professional development:

1. Two (2) hours of parental involvement;
2. Two (2) hours of child maltreatment training;
3. Two (2) hours of teen suicide awareness and prevention; and
4. Dyslexia awareness

These professional developments may be attained on ArkansasIDEAS, from the applicant’s teacher education program, or by another method of delivery approved by the Department under the Rules Governing Professional Development. When applying for licensure, documentation of course completion must be presented.

It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of and meet the training requirements for their state.


Additional Coursework Requirements

The Arkansas Department of Education requires applicants seeking licensure in Early Childhood (P-4), Elementary Education (K-6), Middle Childhood Social Studies (4-8), or Secondary Social Studies (7-12) to provide documentation of the successful completion of:

-Three (3) college credit-hours in Arkansas History at an accredited institution of higher education

Individuals applying for licensure through reciprocity may qualify for a one-year Provisional License if they have not completed the Arkansas history requirements. The applicant must complete the missing requirements before the Provisional License expires. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of and meet the educational course requirements for the state in which they are applying for licensure.


Field Placement Requirements

Arkansas requires a state-specific clearance that is composed of three separate background checks. The state-specific clearance must be completed before student teaching begins. The steps to complete the required state-specific background checks are:
1. Complete the Online Background Check Consent Form
- When filling out this form, select Teacher (pre-service) as the reason for background check
2. Submit the background check payment
3. Applicants must complete the fingerprinting process by going to their nearest Approved Live Scan Location
- Bring a photo ID, copy of consent form, and a copy of payment receipt with Transaction ID
4. Complete the Arkansas Child Maltreatment Central Registry Check
- This background check can be completed by completing the form, having it notarized and mailing the form along with payment to the Arkansas Child Maltreatment Central
Registry.
5. Complete the Employability Status
- This can be completed online and can take up to four weeks to be determined.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall Room 106-B
Little Rock, AR, 72201
501-682-4475
http://www.arkansased.gov/

Idaho

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Interim Certificate license/certificate from Idaho. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - Apply to state with valid AZ license

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/08/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements in this state. Graduates from this program are eligible to obtain a credential in this state, if they have first obtained a credential from the professional licensing agency in Arizona. Graduates in these states will be required to provide an Arizona credential that is free of deficiencies to this state licensing board as part of the application process. To do so, graduates will have to meet all Arizona requirements for licensure prior to seeking licensure in this state.


Additional Coursework Requirements

The Idaho Department of Education requires all Idaho teachers working on interim certificates complete a state board approved Idaho Comprehensive Literacy course or assessment to meet a one-time requirement for full certification.

In addition, the Idaho Department of Education requires all Idaho teachers or administrators working on interim certificates, with an All Subjects (K-8) endorsement, any mathematics endorsement, Exceptional Child Generalist endorsement, Blended Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education endorsement, or Administrator certificate, must complete a state board approved Mathematical Thinking for Instruction, or another State Department of Education approved alternative course, as a one-time requirement for full certification.

In addition, the Idaho Department of Education requires out-of-state applicants to be reviewed by the hiring district for technology deficiencies and may be required to take technology courses to improve their technology skills. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of and meet the educational course requirements for the state in which they are applying for licensure.


Field Placement Requirements

The Idaho State Department of Education requires student teachers or any postsecondary candidates who have unsupervised contact with students in a public K-12 setting, complete a background check. This background check needs to be completed before student teaching can begin. The steps to applying for an Idaho background check are:
1. Request a fingerprint card, either via e-mail or picking one up from the Idaho State Department of Education.
2. Once the fingerprint packet is received, take the fingerprint card to the local police department or sheriff’s office to have prints rolled.
3. Then, submit the fingerprint packet with the following information to the Idaho Department of Education:
a. Background Investigation Check Form
b. State Department of Education Fingerprint Card
c. Fingerprint Processing fee
d. Initialed Instructions for Handling Fingerprint Cards form
e. Signed Noncriminal Justice Applicant Privacy Statement form


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Idaho Department of Education
650 West State Street
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID, 83702-0027
208-332-6882
http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/teacher_certification/

North Carolina

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Initial Professional License license/certificate from North Carolina. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - May directly certify

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 12/20/2019, this program appears to meet the educational requirements to directly certify for licensure in this state.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
6302 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC, 27699-6302
919-807-3310
http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/licensure/

Iowa

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Regional Exchange License license/certificate from Iowa. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - Apply to state with valid AZ license

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/06/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements in this state. Graduates from this program are eligible to obtain a credential in this state, if they have first obtained a credential from the professional licensing agency in Arizona. Graduates in these states will be required to provide an Arizona credential that is free of deficiencies to this state licensing board as part of the application process. To do so, graduates will have to meet all Arizona requirements for licensure prior to seeking licensure in this state.


Additional Training Requirements

The Iowa Department of Education requires applicants to complete Mandatory Child and Dependent Adult Abuse Reporter Training. This training is not included in the GCU program of study. The training must be complete before applying for licensure and is offered for free online at the following website: https://dhs.iowa.gov/child-welfare/mandatoryreporter. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of and meet the training requirements for their state.


Professional Experience Requirements

In order to be eligible for Special Education endorsement through the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, applicants must hold initial teacher licensure in either Elementary or Secondary Education. More information can be found on the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners website at http://www.boee.iowa.gov/.


Field Placement Requirements

For students wanting licensure in K-8 Special Education, they will need to complete a student teaching placement in a K-8 Special Education classroom that represents 3 of 5 major disability areas. For students wanting licensure in K-8 and 5-12 Special Education classroom, they will need to complete two student teaching placements. One placement must be in a K-4 Special Education classroom that represents 3 of 5 major disability areas. The second student teaching placement will need to be in a 5-12 Special Education classroom that represents 3 of 5 major disability areas.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Iowa Board of Educational Examiners
Grimes State Office Building
400 East 14th St., 3rd Floor
Des Moines, IA, 50319-0147
515-281-3245
http://www.boee.iowa.gov/#a

Nebraska

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Initial Teaching Certificate license/certificate from Nebraska. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Does Not Meet

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/23/2020, this program content does not meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Individuals may enroll in this program for general interest, however, the program will not lead to professional licensure in the state.


Additional Coursework Requirements

The Nevada Department of Education requires a Special Education K-12 endorsement applicant to have 51 semester hours of coursework. Of those 51 semester hours, 36 semester hours must be Special Education content coursework. GCU's Masters in Special Education Program consists of 44 credits. Applicants will need to take additional coursework outside of GCU's program in order to meet the requirement. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of and meet the educational course requirements for their state.


Additional Training Requirements

The Nebraska Department of Education requires trainings in Human Relations and Special Education.

The Human Relations training Requirements can be met in any of the following ways:

1. If you have taken one of the pre-approved courses OR
2. If you have taken an educational course dealing with diversity in the classroom from a state approved teacher education institution and the course does not appear on the list of pre-approved courses OR
3. If you have not completed an approved course, but have employment experiences which provided an opportunity to acquire the six skills to meet the Human Relations Training requirement, then verify acceptable employment experiences by writing a narrative that addresses each of the six skills.

The Special Education training requirement can be met in any of the following ways:

1. Complete a special education course at an approved teacher education institution that addressed exceptional child in the classroom; OR
2. Have not completed an approved course in Special Education, but have employment experiences which provided you an opportunity to acquire the five skills required THEN...Verify acceptable employment experiences in which the required five skills were obtained and write a narrative that addresses each of the five skills
3. If you have not met this requirement, you may be eligible for a Provisional permit.

It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of and meet the training requirements for their state.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Nebraska Department of Education
301 Centennial Mall South
P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE, 68509-4987
402-471-0739
http://www.education.ne.gov/index.html

Puerto Rico

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a license/certificate from Puerto Rico. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Does Not Meet

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/17/2020, this program content does not meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Individuals may enroll in this program for general interest, however, the program will not lead to professional licensure in the state.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Puerto Rico Department of Education
PO Box 190759
San Juan, PR, 00919-0759
787-759-2000
https://www.de.pr.gov/

Montana

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Class 2 Standard Teacher's License license/certificate from Montana. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Licensure with Deficiencies

Based upon a review of the regulations on 01/11/2020, graduates from this program may obtain a license in the state. This state allows graduates from this program to obtain a license with specific deficiencies. The license provided will include additional conditions which the state requires the applicant to meet to maintain licensure. Individuals with specific questions about this state’s process or regulations are advised to contact the state board to determine if the program will meet the individual’s needs. The state contact information and any known additional coursework and/or training which will be required after licensure are outlined below.


Additional Training Requirements

The Montana Office of Public Instruction requires that all applicants verify completion of the on-line course "An Introduction to Indian Education for All in Montana". Documentation for course completion must be shown at time of application. The above course is offered for free online at: https://learninghub.mrooms.net/course/index.php?categoryid=105


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Montana Office of Public Instruction
1201 11th Ave 1st Floor
PO BOX 202501
Helena, MT, 59620-2501
406-444-3150
https://opi.mt.gov/Educators/Licensure/Become-a-Licensed-Montana-Educator

Maryland

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Standard Professional Certificate (SPC I), license/certificate from Maryland. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Licensure with Deficiencies

Based upon a review of the regulations on 01/07/2020, graduates from this program may obtain a license in the state. This state allows graduates from this program to obtain a license with specific deficiencies. The license provided will include additional conditions which the state requires the applicant to meet to maintain licensure. Individuals with specific questions about this state’s process or regulations are advised to contact the state board to determine if the program will meet the individual’s needs. The state contact information and any known additional coursework and/or training which will be required after licensure are outlined below.


Additional Coursework Requirements

Maryland COE Additional Coursework Requirement
The Maryland State Department of Education requires certificate holders with certification in early childhood education, elementary education and special education (infant-age 3 or grades 1-8) to complete twelve (12) semester hours in reading which shall include:
•Processes and acquisition of reading skills
•Methods of teaching reading
•Reading assessment
•Materials for teaching reading
Individuals have the option of taking and passing the Praxis Teaching Reading: Elementary Education exam to meet this requirement. Grand Canyon University's Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education programs do not contain twelve (12) semester hours of coursework. If an individual wants to take coursework to fulfill this requirement it is with the understanding that courses will be taken outside the program of study.

Maryland COE Additional Coursework Requirement
The Maryland State Department of Education requires certificate holders with certification in secondary content area and special education grades 6-Adult to complete six (6) semester hours in reading which shall include:
•Types of reading
•Reading assessment
•Reading instruction
•Strategies for intrinsic and extrinsic motivation for reading
•Teaching individuals to learn from text
•Processing multimedia information and strategies to connect reading with study skills
•Integrating content area goals with reading goals

Grand Canyon University's Bachelors in Secondary Education and Master of Education in Secondary Education programs do not include this coursework. Individuals are expected to fulfill this requirement by taking coursework that is outside their program of study. Coursework must be taken prior to applying for certification in Maryland.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD, 21201-2595
410-767-0406
http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/Pages/default.aspx

Maine

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Professional Teacher Certificate license/certificate from Maine. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Transcript Review Required

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/27/2020, an individual applicant’s transcripts are reviewed by the state to determine if the educational requirements for licensure have been met. In addition to educational attainment, the professional licensing agency may consider the applicant’s professional experience, level of educational attainment, background, criminal record, exam scores, etc., to determine if the individual applying for licensure meets the state requirements. Therefore, only the state can determine if the individual graduate meets the requirements for licensure. As a result, GCU cannot make that determination for the state. Individuals with specific questions about this state’s process or regulations are advised to contact the state board to determine if the program will meet the individual’s needs.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Maine Department of Education-Certification Office
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME, 04333-0023
207-624-6600
http://www.maine.gov/education/

Missouri

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Initial Teacher Certificate license/certificate from Missouri. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - Apply to state with valid AZ license

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/30/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements in this state. Graduates from this program are eligible to obtain a credential in this state, if they have first obtained a credential from the professional licensing agency in Arizona. Graduates in these states will be required to provide an Arizona credential that is free of deficiencies to this state licensing board as part of the application process. To do so, graduates will have to meet all Arizona requirements for licensure prior to seeking licensure in this state.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
PO BOX 480
Jefferson City, MO, 65102-0480
573-751-0051
http://dese.mo.gov/

New Mexico

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Reciprocal Level 1 License license/certificate from New Mexico. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - Apply to state with valid AZ license

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/21/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements in this state. Graduates from this program are eligible to obtain a credential in this state, if they have first obtained a credential from the professional licensing agency in Arizona. Graduates in these states will be required to provide an Arizona credential that is free of deficiencies to this state licensing board as part of the application process. To do so, graduates will have to meet all Arizona requirements for licensure prior to seeking licensure in this state.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

New Mexico Public Education Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM, 87501
505-827-4296
http://www.ped.state.nm.us/

Alabama

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Class A: Master's Level license/certificate from Alabama. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - Apply to state with valid AZ license

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/05/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements in this state. Graduates from this program are eligible to obtain a credential in this state, if they have first obtained a credential from the professional licensing agency in Arizona. Graduates in these states will be required to provide an Arizona credential that is free of deficiencies to this state licensing board as part of the application process. To do so, graduates will have to meet all Arizona requirements for licensure prior to seeking licensure in this state.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Alabama Department of Education
50 North Ripley Street
P.O. Box 302101
Montgomery, AL, 36104
334-694-4557
https://www.alsde.edu/sec/ec/pages/home.aspx

Massachusetts

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Provisional License license/certificate from Massachusetts. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Licensure with Deficiencies

Based upon a review of the regulations on 12/27/2019, graduates from this program may obtain a license in the state. This state allows graduates from this program to obtain a license with specific deficiencies. The license provided will include additional conditions which the state requires the applicant to meet to maintain licensure. Individuals with specific questions about this state’s process or regulations are advised to contact the state board to determine if the program will meet the individual’s needs. The state contact information and any known additional coursework and/or training which will be required after licensure are outlined below.


Additional Coursework Requirements

MA SEI Requirement
Individuals applying for an initial license in Massachusetts must obtain the SEI endorsement. Grand Canyon University’s ESL courses do not align to Massachusetts standards or laws pertaining to English language learners. Individuals may be issued a Provisional license if they have not met the SEI requirement. The SEI requirement can be met through one of the following options: 1) completing a Massachusetts Dept. of Education approved course or 2) passing the MTEL SEI exam. It is the student’s responsibility to contact their state department of education regarding certification requirements in their state.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA, 02148-4906
781-338-6600
http://www.doe.mass.edu/

Michigan

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Initial Standard Teaching Certificate license/certificate from Michigan. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - May directly certify

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/13/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements to directly certify for licensure in this state.


Additional Training Requirements

Michigan COE Additional Training Requirement
The Michigan Department of Education requires an individual to complete a course approved by the department in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, including a test demonstration on a mannequin, and has successfully completed instruction approved by the department in foreign body airway obstruction management, and holds valid certification in these topics issued by the American red cross, American heart association, or a comparable organization or institution approved by the department. Coursework must include first aid, adult CPR, and child CPR. This coursework may be offered by the the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Red Cross (ARC), American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI), the Emergency Care & Safety Institute (ECSI), the Safety Council of Southeast Michigan (SCSM), the Lansing Area Safety Council (LASC), or Medic First Aid (MFA).


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Michigan Department of Education
608 W. Allegan Street
P.O. Box 30008
Lansing, MI, 48909
517-373-3324
http://www.michigan.gov/mde

Kansas

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Initial Out-of-State License license/certificate from Kansas. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - Apply to state with valid AZ license

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/08/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements in this state. Graduates from this program are eligible to obtain a credential in this state, if they have first obtained a credential from the professional licensing agency in Arizona. Graduates in these states will be required to provide an Arizona credential that is free of deficiencies to this state licensing board as part of the application process. To do so, graduates will have to meet all Arizona requirements for licensure prior to seeking licensure in this state.


Field Placement Requirements

The Kansas Department of Education requires each individual that is serving as a student teacher in an accredited or approved teacher educational agency in Kansas shall hold a valid student-teacher certificate. The student teaching certificate can be obtained from the college or university the student is completing a teacher preparation program. The student must be recommended to student teach by completing all requirements put forth by their college or university. The student should file a valid student-teacher certificate with their college or university that will be returned to them upon completion of student teaching. The copy of the student-teacher certificate shall be filed with the state board of education and with the teacher education institution.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Kansas State Department of Education - Teacher License
900 SW Jackson Street
Landon State Office Building Suite #102
Topeka, KS, 66612
785-296-2288
http://www.ksde.org/

District of Columbia

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Standard Credential license/certificate from District of Columbia. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - May directly certify

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/14/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements to directly certify for licensure in this state.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

D.C. Office of State Superintendent of Education - Teacher License
1050 First Street NE
2nd Floor
Washington, DC, 20002
202-724-8600
http://osse.dc.gov/service/educator-licensure-services

Pennsylvania

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Level I license/certificate from Pennsylvania. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - May directly certify

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 12/26/2019, this program appears to meet the educational requirements to directly certify for licensure in this state.


Professional Experience Requirements

PA Special Education Requirement
In order to be eligible for a certificate in Special Education by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, applicants must already be certified in PK-4, 4-8, or 7-12. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of and meet the requirements for a certificate in Special Education. More information can be found at the Pennsylvania Department of Education website at https://www.education.pa.gov/Educators/Certification/Pages/default.aspx.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA, 17126
717-787-3356
http://www.education.pa.gov

California

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Preliminary Credential license/certificate from California. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - Apply to state with valid AZ license

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/17/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements in this state. Graduates from this program are eligible to obtain a credential in this state, if they have first obtained a credential from the professional licensing agency in Arizona. Graduates in these states will be required to provide an Arizona credential that is free of deficiencies to this state licensing board as part of the application process. To do so, graduates will have to meet all Arizona requirements for licensure prior to seeking licensure in this state.


Additional Coursework Requirements

California's Commission on Teacher Credentialing requires individuals who complete a teacher preparation program and receive a five-year preliminary credential must earn a clear credential. To earn a clear credential, applicants would complete a commission-approved teacher induction program. This cannot be completed during the course of a GCU initial teacher licensure program and is met once a Preliminary credential is issued.

In addition, California's Commission on Teacher Credentialing offers CLAD and BCLAD permits. GCU's education programs do not include coursework that can be used to qualify for the Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development (CLAD) and Bilingual Authorization Permits (CLAD and BCLAD). This requirement will need to be completed during the Preliminary Credential time frame of five years. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of and meet the educational course requirements for the state in which they are applying for licensure.

Grand Canyon University’s Special Education programs are intended to lead to licensure in Arizona. Graduates from this program may be eligible to receive a Level I Education Specialist Credential in California. The Level I credential is a temporary credential which is valid for five years. Holders of a Level I credential must complete any stipulations identified on the Level I credential in order to be eligible to obtain a Clear credential. These stipulations are to be completed in the state of California and are outside of GCU’s program design.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
1900 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, CA, 95811-4213
http://www.ctc.ca.gov/

Washington

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Residency Teacher license/certificate from Washington. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - May directly certify

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/03/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements to directly certify for licensure in this state.


Additional Coursework Requirements

Individuals who apply for Special Education must also qualify for a second endorsement area. The second endorsement area cannot be in Early Childhood Special Education, English Language Learner, Bilingual Education or General Science. Individuals will have two years to add the second endorsement. The second endorsement can be added by either completing an approved program or by taking a content exam. Only certain subject areas can be added via the test only route. Further information can be found at http://www.k12.wa.us/certification/Teacher/Endorsement.aspx.


Field Placement Requirements

Before any practicum can begin in Washington, students must apply for pre-residency clearance. Pre-residency clearance consists of program approval and submission of fingerprints for a background check. Two items will need to be requested from the university: verification of teacher program enrollment and an unofficial copy of transcripts. It may take up to a month to receive Pre-Residency Certification Clearance. There are two options for fingerprinting; fingerprint at an Educational Service District (ESD) or fingerprint at a law enforcement agency or private fingerprinting service.


Fingerprinting at an Educational Service District steps
1. Go to the Educational Service District and complete the electronic live scan fingerprint process.
2. Pay the fee.
3. The Educational Service District submits the fingerprints to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Fingerprinting at a law enforcement agency or a private fingerprinting service steps
1. Request a fingerprint card from oppfp@k12.wa.us or ESD.
2. Once a fingerprint card is received in a mail, bring the card to a private fingerprinting agency or law enforcement agency to be fingerprinted.
3. Mail the completed fingerprint card and the fee to:
OSPI
Attn: Fiscal Office
PO Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504-7200
4. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction scans the card and submits it to the Washington State Patrol.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
600 Washington St. S.E.
P.O. Box 47200
Olympia, WA, 98504-7200
360-725-6000
http://www.k12.wa.us/default.aspx

Guam, US Territory

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Provisional Teaching Certificate license/certificate from Guam, US Territory. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Licensure with Deficiencies

Based upon a review of the regulations on 01/31/2020, graduates from this program may obtain a license in the state. This state allows graduates from this program to obtain a license with specific deficiencies. The license provided will include additional conditions which the state requires the applicant to meet to maintain licensure. Individuals with specific questions about this state’s process or regulations are advised to contact the state board to determine if the program will meet the individual’s needs. The state contact information and any known additional coursework and/or training which will be required after licensure are outlined below.


Additional Coursework Requirements

The Guam Commission for Educator Certification requires any applicant issued an Educational Professional Certificate to complete a course in Guam History. This three (3) semester credit course in Guam History must be completed within the first year of certification. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of and meet the educational course requirements for the state or territory in which they are applying for licensure.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Guam Commission for Educator Certification
303 University Drive SOE Bldg
Room 105
Mangilao, GU, 96913
671-735-2554
http://francamacho@gcec.guam.gov

Minnesota

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Tier 3 License license/certificate from Minnesota. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Licensure with Deficiencies

Based upon a review of the regulations on 02/04/2020, graduates from this program may obtain a license in the state. This state allows graduates from this program to obtain a license with specific deficiencies. The license provided will include additional conditions which the state requires the applicant to meet to maintain licensure. Individuals with specific questions about this state’s process or regulations are advised to contact the state board to determine if the program will meet the individual’s needs. The state contact information and any known additional coursework and/or training which will be required after licensure are outlined below.


Additional Coursework Requirements

The Minnesota Department of Education requires the completion of Human Relations Training. This requirement is not provided in the GCU program.

Human relations components of programs which lead to licensure in education under authority of the board shall be approved upon submission of evidence:

A. Showing that the human relations components have been developed with participation of members of various racial, cultural, disabled, and economic groups. Participation in planning shall be equitably distributed between men and women.
B. Showing that the human relations components are planned to develop the ability of applicants to:
(1) understand the contributions and life styles of the various racial, cultural, disabled, and economic groups in our society;
(2) recognize and deal with dehumanizing biases, discrimination, prejudices, and institutional and personal racism and sexism;
(3) create learning environments which contribute to the self-esteem of all persons and to positive interpersonal relations; and
(4) respect human diversity and personal rights.
C. Relating all of the areas enumerated in item B to specific competencies to be developed.
D. Indicating means for assessment of competencies.

It is the student's responsibility to be aware of and meet the educational course requirements for their state.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Minnesota Department of Education
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN, 55113
651-582-8200
http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/index.html

Wisconsin

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a License with Stipulations license/certificate from Wisconsin. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Licensure with Deficiencies

Based upon a review of the regulations on 02/03/2020, graduates from this program may obtain a license in the state. This state allows graduates from this program to obtain a license with specific deficiencies. The license provided will include additional conditions which the state requires the applicant to meet to maintain licensure. Individuals with specific questions about this state’s process or regulations are advised to contact the state board to determine if the program will meet the individual’s needs. The state contact information and any known additional coursework and/or training which will be required after licensure are outlined below.


Additional Coursework Requirements

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requires all applicants meet the requirements of Wisconsin Statutes and Administrative Rule. Students who complete a teacher preparation program outside of Wisconsin are not likely to have met them all. The requirements needing to be met are listed below:

1. Minority Group Relations (all teacher, administrator, and pupil services licenses)
A. Demonstrate knowledge of:
- The history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of American Indian tribes and bands located in Wisconsin.
- The history, culture and contributions of women and various racial, cultural, language and economic groups in the United States.
- The philosophical and psychological bases of attitude development and change.
- The psychological and social implications of discrimination, especially racism and sexism in the American society.
- Evaluating and assessing the forces of discrimination, especially racism and sexism on faculty, students, curriculum, instruction, and assessment in the school program.
- Minority group relations through direct involvement with various racial, cultural, language and economic groups in the United States.

2. Conflict Resolution (all teacher, administrator, and pupil services licenses)
A. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
- Resolving conflicts between pupils and between pupils and school staff.
- Assisting pupils in learning methods of resolving conflicts between pupils and between pupils and school staff, including training in the use of peer mediation to resolve conflicts between pupils.
- Dealing with crises, including violent, disruptive, potentially violent or potentially disruptive situations that may arise in school or activities supervised by school staff as a result of conflicts between pupils or between pupils and other persons.

3. Environmental Education (Teacher licenses in Regular Education (EC, EC-MC, MC-EA), Agriculture, Science, and Social Studies)
A. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of environmental education including the conservation of natural resources.

All stipulations must be satisfied or removed during the five years of the license period, before the expiration date of the license. Students will require additional coursework outside of GCU's program. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of and meet the educational course requirements for their state.


Field Placement Requirements

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction requires applicants to complete a full semester of full-time student teaching or 18-weeks. GCU’s teacher preparation programs include 15 weeks of student teaching. When applying for licensure, applicants will be awarded a License with Statutory Stipulations. Applicants can meet this statutory stipulation by completing a verification of employment form confirming 18 weeks of successful full-time teaching experience. Statutory stipulations must be satisfied before the expiration of the License with Statutory Stipulations. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of and meet the licensure requirements of their state.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
125 S. Webster Street
P.O. Box 7841
Madison, WI, 53707-7841
800-441-4563
https://dpi.wi.gov/

Illinois

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Professional Educator License license/certificate from Illinois. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - Apply to state with valid AZ license

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/21/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements in this state. Graduates from this program are eligible to obtain a credential in this state, if they have first obtained a credential from the professional licensing agency in Arizona. Graduates in these states will be required to provide an Arizona credential that is free of deficiencies to this state licensing board as part of the application process. To do so, graduates will have to meet all Arizona requirements for licensure prior to seeking licensure in this state.


Professional Experience Requirements

The Illinois State Board of Education requires individuals who are applying for a Learning Behavior Specialist I License to already hold a General Education Endorsement (Elementary or Secondary).


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Illinois State Board of Education
Educator Certification Division
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL, 62777-0001
217-782-4321
http://www.isbe.net/

Wyoming

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Initial Teacher License license/certificate from Wyoming. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Licensure with Deficiencies

Based upon a review of the regulations on 02/05/2020, graduates from this program may obtain a license in the state. This state allows graduates from this program to obtain a license with specific deficiencies. The license provided will include additional conditions which the state requires the applicant to meet to maintain licensure. Individuals with specific questions about this state’s process or regulations are advised to contact the state board to determine if the program will meet the individual’s needs. The state contact information and any known additional coursework and/or training which will be required after licensure are outlined below.


Additional Coursework Requirements

The Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board requires applicants to demonstrate knowledge of the U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions either through coursework or by successfully passing an exam. GCU's programs do not include a Wyoming Constitution course, therefore, students will require additional coursework or testing outside of GCU's program. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of and meet the educational course requirements for their state. More information can be found at:
http://wyomingptsb.com/licensure/us-and-wyoming-constitution/


Field Placement Requirements

The Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board requires applicants of a K-12 Special Education Endorsement to have completed student teaching experiences in both the Elementary (K-6) and Secondary (6-12) grade levels.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board
1920 Thomes Avenue
Suite 100
Cheyenne, WY, 82001
307-777-7291
http://ptsb.state.wy.us/

Colorado

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Initial Teacher License license/certificate from Colorado. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - May directly certify

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/21/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements to directly certify for licensure in this state.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Colorado Department of Education
6000 E. Evans Ave
Building #2, Suite 100
Denver, CO, 80222
303-866-6628
http://www.cde.state.co.us/index_home.htm

Florida

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Professional Certificate license/certificate from Florida. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - May directly certify

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/06/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements to directly certify for licensure in this state.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Florida Department of Education
Room 201, Turlington Building
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL, 32399-0400
800-445-6739
http://www.fldoe.org/edcert/

Delaware

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Initial Certificate license/certificate from Delaware. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - Apply to state with valid AZ license

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/16/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements in this state. Graduates from this program are eligible to obtain a credential in this state, if they have first obtained a credential from the professional licensing agency in Arizona. Graduates in these states will be required to provide an Arizona credential that is free of deficiencies to this state licensing board as part of the application process. To do so, graduates will have to meet all Arizona requirements for licensure prior to seeking licensure in this state.


Professional Experience Requirements

Delaware Special Education Requirement
In order to be eligible for a certificate in Special Education by the Delaware Department of Education, applicants must already hold an Elementary or Secondary certificate prior to applying for a Special Education certificate. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of and meet the requirements for a certificate in Special Education. More information can be found at the Delaware Department of Education website at: http://www.doe.k12.de.us/.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Delaware Department of Education
Collette Education Resource Center
35 Commerce Way, Suite 1
Dover, DE, 19904
302-857-3388
http://www.doe.k12.de.us/

Kentucky

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a license/certificate from Kentucky. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Does Not Meet

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/12/2020, this program content does not meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Individuals may enroll in this program for general interest, however, the program will not lead to professional licensure in the state.


Accreditation Requirements

The Kentucky Educator Professional Standards Board requires educator preparation programs to be regionally and NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) accredited. Grand Canyon University's initial teacher licensure programs are nationally accredited through AAQEP (Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation), however, this accrediting body has not been recognized by KEPSB at this time.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board
300 Sower Blvd
Frankfort, KY, 40601
502-564-5846
http://www.kyepsb.net/

Vermont

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Professional License license/certificate from Vermont. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - May directly certify

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/05/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements to directly certify for licensure in this state.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Vermont Department of Education
219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre City Place
Barre, VT, 05641
802-479-1700
http://education.vermont.gov

Northern Mariana Islands

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Basic I Teacher License license/certificate from Northern Mariana Islands. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - May directly certify

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/31/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements to directly certify for licensure in this state.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Northern Marianas Department of Education CNMI Public School System
CNMI Public School System- Certification and Licensure Office
Bwughos Street, Susupe PO Box 501370
Saipan, MP, 96950-1250
1-670-237-3027
http://www.cnmipss.org

Indiana

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Initial Practitioner License license/certificate from Indiana. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - May directly certify

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/24/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements to directly certify for licensure in this state.


Additional Training Requirements

Indiana COE Additional Training Requirement
The Indiana Department of Education requires an individual to complete education and training on the prevention of child suicide and the recognition of signs that a individual may be considering suicide. An initial teaching license (includes instructional, individual services and administrative licenses) will not be issued unless this requirement is met. The Indiana Department of Education also requires completion of CPR/AED/Heimlich certification within one (1) year of receiving an Indiana license. CPR-Heimlich Maneuver training may be delivered primarily online, but it must include a ""hands-on"" training/demonstration component with a mannequin.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Indiana Department of Education
115 W Washington St.
South Tower, Suite 600
Indianapolis, IN, 46204
317-232-6610
http://www.doe.in.gov/

West Virginia

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Professional Certificate license/certificate from West Virginia. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - May directly certify

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/12/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements to directly certify for licensure in this state.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

West Virginia Department of Education
1900 Kanawha Boulevard East
Building 6 Room 304
Charleston, WV, 25305-0330
304-558-7010
http://wvde.state.wv.us/

Hawaii

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Provisional License license/certificate from Hawaii. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - May directly certify

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/07/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements to directly certify for licensure in this state.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Hawaii Teacher Standards Board - Teacher License
650 Iwilei Rd, #201
Honolulu, HI, 96817
808-586-2600
https://www.hawaiiteacherstandardsboard.org/

Arizona

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Standard License license/certificate from Arizona. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - Approved by the State

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/07/2020, this program meets the educational requirements for licensure in this state.


Agency Approval Granted

The Grand Canyon University College of Education is approved by the Arizona State Board of Education to offer Institutional Recommendations for Initial Teacher Licensure of early childhood, early childhood special education, elementary, secondary, special education teachers, principals and school counselors only. Programs that lead to licensure contain a student teaching or internship component.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Arizona Department of Education
1535 West Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ, 85007
602-542-4367
http://www.azed.gov/

North Dakota

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Other State Educator License license/certificate from North Dakota. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - Apply to state with valid AZ license

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 02/05/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements in this state. Graduates from this program are eligible to obtain a credential in this state, if they have first obtained a credential from the professional licensing agency in Arizona. Graduates in these states will be required to provide an Arizona credential that is free of deficiencies to this state licensing board as part of the application process. To do so, graduates will have to meet all Arizona requirements for licensure prior to seeking licensure in this state.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

North Dakota Education Standards and Practices Board
2718 Gateway Avenue
Suite 204
Bismarck, ND, 58503-0585
701-328-9641
http://www.nd.gov/espb/

Rhode Island

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Initial Educator Certificate license/certificate from Rhode Island. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - May directly certify

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/04/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements to directly certify for licensure in this state.


Professional Experience Requirements

RI Special Education Requirement
Effective January 1, 2015 for Special Education Certification, a new applicant who seeks Special Education certification must hold a General Education certification at a specific grade level to receive a corresponding Special Education certification (e.g. Elementary Education to receive Elementary Special Education, Secondary Education to receive Secondary Special Education). More information can be found at the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website at http://www.ride.ri.gov/.


Field Placement Requirements

Rhode Island requires a Student Teaching permit. This permit is required prior to being placed for student teaching. Please contact your Field Experience Counselor for further information. Grand Canyon University's Masters in Special Education program is only approved to place students for student teaching in grades 1-6. All practicum and student teaching experiences should take place in grades 1-6.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Rhode Island Department of Education
255 Westminster Street
Providence, RI, 02903
401-222-8893
http://www.ride.ri.gov/Default.aspx

Texas

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Standard Certificate license/certificate from Texas. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - Apply to state with valid AZ license

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/09/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements in this state. Graduates from this program are eligible to obtain a credential in this state, if they have first obtained a credential from the professional licensing agency in Arizona. Graduates in these states will be required to provide an Arizona credential that is free of deficiencies to this state licensing board as part of the application process. To do so, graduates will have to meet all Arizona requirements for licensure prior to seeking licensure in this state.


Additional Training Requirements

The Texas Education Agency requires all educators complete Suicide Prevention Training. Training for educators is funded by the State of Texas. Training may be completed by your school or district of hire. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of and meet the training requirements for their state.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Texas Teacher Education Agency
William B. Travis Building
1701 N. Congress Avenue
Austin, TX, 78701
512-936-8400
http://www.tea.state.tx.us/

Utah

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Special Education License license/certificate from Utah. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - Apply to state with valid AZ license

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/13/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements in this state. Graduates from this program are eligible to obtain a credential in this state, if they have first obtained a credential from the professional licensing agency in Arizona. Graduates in these states will be required to provide an Arizona credential that is free of deficiencies to this state licensing board as part of the application process. To do so, graduates will have to meet all Arizona requirements for licensure prior to seeking licensure in this state.


Additional Coursework Requirements

No additional coursework is needed to meet requirements for licensure in this state.


Field Placement Requirements

Before student teaching can begin, students must apply and be granted student-teacher licensure. The Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission will review applicants' background check information. They will make recommendations of student-teacher and intern license applicants to the Board. A student-teacher or intern license is valid for the amount of time stated on the license.

To complete a background check, an applicant must submit fingerprints for review by the Utah Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Fingerprinting must be taken in order to complete a background check. There are two options for fingerprinting; LiveScan electronic fingerprint submission or rolled fingerprint card submission. The background check will be used in determination of whether or not a student teaching or intern license will be issued.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Utah State Board of Education
250 East 500 South
PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT, 84114-4200
801-538 7740
https://www.schools.utah.gov/

Connecticut

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Initial Certificate license/certificate from Connecticut. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Licensure with Deficiencies

Based upon a review of the regulations on 12/16/2019, graduates from this program may obtain a license in the state. This state allows graduates from this program to obtain a license with specific deficiencies. The license provided will include additional conditions which the state requires the applicant to meet to maintain licensure. Individuals with specific questions about this state’s process or regulations are advised to contact the state board to determine if the program will meet the individual’s needs. The state contact information and any known additional coursework and/or training which will be required after licensure are outlined below.


Additional Coursework Requirements

The Connecticut Department of Education requires a minimum of 39 semester hours of credit in general academic courses: In five of the six areas listed below. A survey course in United States history, comprised of not fewer than three semester hours of credit, shall be included.
- English;
- Natural sciences;
- Mathematics;
- Social studies; and
- Foreign language; or
- Fine arts.
This program does not include foreign language or fine arts courses, therefore, individuals are expected to take these courses prior to applying for certification in Connecticut. If an individual does not have 39 semester hours of coursework in five of the six areas listed above the individual is expected to take any coursework they are lacking in the areas listed above prior to applying for certification in Connecticut. The individual understands the deficient coursework will be taken outside their program of study.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Connecticut Department of Education
450 Columbus Blvd
PO BOX 2219
Hartford, CT, 06145-2219
860-713-6969
http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/site/default.asp

South Carolina

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Initial Certificate license/certificate from South Carolina. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - May directly certify

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/04/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements to directly certify for licensure in this state.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

South Carolina Department of Education
1429 Senate Street
Columbia, SC, 29201
803-896-0325
http://ed.sc.gov/

Georgia

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Induction Certificate license/certificate from Georgia. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - May directly certify

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/17/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements to directly certify for licensure in this state.


Vital Information

GA - COE MED IR Programs - Certificate Upgrades
This program is intended to lead to licensure in Arizona. This program may lead to initial licensure in Georgia, but may not lead to a certificate upgrade in Georgia. Students are encouraged to contact their state department of education for more information.


Field Placement Requirements

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission requires candidates obtain a Pre-Service Certificate in order to complete practicum,internship or student teaching hours in a Georgia school. Candidates are required to complete a successful Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) criminal record check as well as the Georgia Educator Ethics-Program Entry Assessment in order to qualify for a Pre-Service Teaching Certificate.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Georgia Professional Standards Commission
200 Piedmont Ave SE
Suite 1702 West Tower
Atlanta, GA, 30334-9032
404-232-2500
http://www.gapsc.com/

Oregon

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Reciprocal Teaching License license/certificate from Oregon. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - Apply to state with valid AZ license

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/29/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements in this state. Graduates from this program are eligible to obtain a credential in this state, if they have first obtained a credential from the professional licensing agency in Arizona. Graduates in these states will be required to provide an Arizona credential that is free of deficiencies to this state licensing board as part of the application process. To do so, graduates will have to meet all Arizona requirements for licensure prior to seeking licensure in this state.


Additional Training Requirements

The Oregon Department of Education requires all applicants to take and pass the exam "Protecting Student and Civil Rights in the Educational Environment". When applying to the Oregon Department of Education via reciprocity, the student will receive a Reciprocal Teaching License. Student must verify a passing score on the above exam before the expiration of the Reciprocal Teaching License. The Reciprocal Teaching License is good for one year from the date of issue. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of and meet the training requirements for their state.


Field Placement Requirements

An Oregon fingerprint clearance/background check needs to be completed before student teaching can begin. Oregon law requires student teachers, educators, school nurses and out-of-state student teachers in Oregon schools to be fingerprinted. Fingerprinting includes both an Oregon State Police (OSP) and FBI background check. Background checks take place once fingerprints have been taken at a Fieldprint office. Fingerprints are valid for 3 years from the fingerprint clearance date.

1. Enroll on Fieldprint’s website
2. Enter the information required by the state of Oregon onto Fieldprint’s website.
- Entering this information upon enrollment means this information will not need to be collected again at the time of fingerprinting.
3. Schedule an appointment online by choosing the date, time and nearest Fieldprint location
4. When arriving for the appointment bring:
a. The appointment number
b. Two forms of ID such as a driver’s license or passport
5. Fingerprints are collected electronically
6. Fingerprints are submitted to the state by FieldPrint


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission
250 Division St. NE
Salem, OR, 97301-1012
503-378-3586
http://www.oregon.gov/TSPC/Pages/index.aspx

Virgin Islands

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Professional Educator Class I Certificate license/certificate from Virgin Islands. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Transcript Review Required

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/17/2020, an individual applicant’s transcripts are reviewed by the state to determine if the educational requirements for licensure have been met. In addition to educational attainment, the professional licensing agency may consider the applicant’s professional experience, level of educational attainment, background, criminal record, exam scores, etc., to determine if the individual applying for licensure meets the state requirements. Therefore, only the state can determine if the individual graduate meets the requirements for licensure. As a result, GCU cannot make that determination for the state. Individuals with specific questions about this state’s process or regulations are advised to contact the state board to determine if the program will meet the individual’s needs.


Additional Coursework Requirements

The U.S. Virgin Islands requires a minimum of 42 semester credit hours in five of the six general academic areas: English, natural science, mathematics, social studies, foreign language and fine arts as well as an Educational Technology or other comparable computer course. If an individual does not have forty-two (42) semester hours of coursework in five of the six areas listed above the individual is expected to take any coursework they are lacking in the areas listed above prior to applying for certification in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The individual understands the deficient coursework will be taken outside their program of study.
In addition, individuals must complete a course in Virgin Islands history within the first year of employment.


Professional Experience Requirements

The U.S. Virgin Islands requires applicant submit proof of U.S. citizenship, permanent residency or other approved work status in addition to their application, official transcripts and tests scores.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

The Virgin Islands Department of Education
PO Box 11900
60, 61 &62 Dronningens Gade
St. Thomas, VI, 00801
340-774-4546
http://www.vide.vi/

Louisiana

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Out-of-State Certificate license/certificate from Louisiana. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - May directly certify

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/31/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements to directly certify for licensure in this state.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Louisiana Department of Education
PO Box 94064
Baton Rouge, LA, 70804-9064
877-453-2721
https://www.teachlouisiana.net/Default.aspx

New York

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Initial Certificate license/certificate from New York. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Transcript Review Required

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/28/2020, an individual applicant’s transcripts are reviewed by the state to determine if the educational requirements for licensure have been met. In addition to educational attainment, the professional licensing agency may consider the applicant’s professional experience, level of educational attainment, background, criminal record, exam scores, etc., to determine if the individual applying for licensure meets the state requirements. Therefore, only the state can determine if the individual graduate meets the requirements for licensure. As a result, GCU cannot make that determination for the state. Individuals with specific questions about this state’s process or regulations are advised to contact the state board to determine if the program will meet the individual’s needs.


Additional Training Requirements

New York COE Additional Training Requirement
The New York State Education Department requires individuals complete study in child abuse identification and school violence prevention and intervention. (2 clock hours)
The New York State Education Department requires individuals also complete study or training in the needs of children with autism from a provider approved by the New York State Education Department.
The New York State Education Department requires individuals also complete six (6) clock hours of coursework or training in harassment, bullying and discrimination prevention and intervention as stated under the Dignity for All individuals Act (DASA).
The trainings outlined above must be completed prior to applying for certification in New York.


Professional Experience Requirements

New York COE Additional Special Education Requirement
Individuals who want to apply for a Special Education grades 7-12 certificate must already hold a certificate in a content area (i.e. Mathematics, English, Biology, etc.) prior to applying for a Special Education grades 7-12 certificate. An individual cannot receive a Special Education grades 7-12 certificate without already holding a grades 7-12 content area certificate in New York.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

New York State Education Department - Teacher License
89 Washington Avenue 5N EB
Albany, NY, 12234
518-474-3901
http://www.nysed.gov/

Ohio

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Residency License license/certificate from Ohio. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Does Not Meet

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 12/27/2019, this program content does not meet the educational requirements for licensure in this state. Individuals may enroll in this program for general interest, however, the program will not lead to professional licensure in the state.


Additional Coursework Requirements

The Ohio Department of Education requires a minimum of 12 credits (9 reading credits/3 phonics credits) to qualify for a Standard teaching license. A Resident Educator license may be issued by the Ohio Department of Education to applicants who have a minimum of 6 credits in reading. This program does not include any reading coursework. Individuals will need to take an additional 6 credits outside of this program to obtain the Resident Educator license.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Ohio Department of Education
25 South Front Street
Columbus, OH, 43215-4183
614-466-3593
http://www.ode.state.oh.us/GD/Templates/Pages/ODE/ODEDefaultPage.aspx?page=1

Oklahoma

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Standard Teaching Certificate license/certificate from Oklahoma. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - May directly certify

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/31/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements to directly certify for licensure in this state.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Oklahoma Department of Education
2500 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oliver Hodge Building
Oklahoma City, OK, 73105-4599
405-521-3337
http://sde.ok.gov

Virginia

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Initial Teacher License license/certificate from Virginia. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - May directly certify

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/12/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements to directly certify for licensure in this state.


Additional Training Requirements

Virginia COE Additional Training Requirement
The Virginia Department of Education requires evidence of completion of certification or training in
■Emergency first aid
■Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
■The use of automated external defibrillators (AED)
The certification or training program must be based on the current national evidence-based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator, such as a program developed by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross.

In addition, all individuals seeking initial licensure – as well as license renewal – are required to complete a child abuse recognition and intervention course that meets Board of Education approved guidelines.

The Virginia Department of Education also requires every person seeking initial licensure or renewal of a license shall complete awareness training, provided by VDOE, on the indicators of dyslexia, as that term is defined by the board pursuant to regulations, and the evidence-based interventions and accommodations for dyslexia. This module is accessible from PCs and Mac computers.
The trainings listed above must be completed prior to applying for certification in Virginia.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Virginia Department of Education
PO BOX 2120
Richmond, VA, 23218
804-479-1700
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/index.shtml

Mississippi

Effective: February 14, 2020

Professional Licensure Disclaimer

The information below pertains to individuals intending to obtain a Class A License license/certificate from Mississippi. It will inform you of whether or not this program meets the educational requirements for this license in this state. This does not pertain to any other license issued by the state. Please be advised that state regulations and processes can change at any time, individuals are encouraged to monitor the state requirements for licensure throughout their education to ensure that the program will meet their intended career goals.


Meets - May directly certify

Based upon a review of the state’s regulations on 01/17/2020, this program appears to meet the educational requirements to directly certify for licensure in this state.


State Agency Contact Disclosure

Licensure and certification requirements vary by state and may differ based upon the prior education and experience of the individual. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the agency in the state in which they wish to pursue licensure to determine/confirm whether the course or program meets requirements for professional licensure in that state. The agency to contact is:

Mississippi Department of Education-Office of Educator Licensure
PO BOX 771
Jackson, MS, 39205-0771
601-359-3483
https://www.mdek12.org/OTL/OEL/K12

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