Teaching Degree and School Administration Degree Programs


Traditional and online student graduates from GCU's College of Education between 2009 and 20201

If you have a calling for teaching or school administration, a degree from GCU can arm you with the skills and experience needed to achieve it. Since 2009, more than 67,000 traditional and online students graduated from GCU's College of Education, contributing to help fill the nation’s teacher shortage.1 A teaching degree from GCU combines expert faculty and practical, real-world experiences from a variety of disciplines specific to your interests to help you in receive a valuable and fulfilling education.

Some education degree programs available from GCU utilize a cross-disciplinary approach with other colleges at GCU, helping you gain a deeper understanding of your chosen area of study. If you want to become a school leader, look through our variety of teaching degree programs and find the right fit for your needs.


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Bachelor Teaching Degree Programs

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If you want to become a teacher, you can equip yourself for the task at hand by specializing in one of the many subjects offered such as mathematics or English, that can be taught in high schools through a secondary education teaching degree. Additionally, you may choose to teach elementary education and learn how to effectively teach at a younger age range.

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Master’s Degrees in Teaching and School Administration

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Fine tune your teaching and school administration skills with a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, secondary education, administration or any of our other specialized degrees. A master’s degree in teaching from GCU can help you further the education of your students through advanced teaching, curriculum and instruction techniques. Many of our teaching degree programs are offered as licensure, for those needing an initial credential, or non-licensure programs, to advance your career, so you can find the one that is right for your unique path.

Doctorate in Teaching and School Administration Degrees

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Reach for the pinnacle of education and pursue academic excellence with a doctorate in teaching offered online to accommodate your busy schedule. Choose from a Doctor of Business Administration, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Philosophy or an Education Specialist degree and embrace the intellectual challenges, rewards and opportunities that accompany earning an online doctorate in teaching.

School Administration and Teaching Degree Program FAQs


Most teachers find great satisfaction in their work. If you decide to pursue a teaching degree, you’ll have the potential to transform lives every day and use your creative talents to make a genuine difference. The satisfaction of working with impressionable students who are eager to learn can far outweigh the demands of the profession.2

School administrators wear many hats and are often considered the glue that keeps everything together. They oversee school budgets, maintain the organization of academic records, manage staff and enforce school policies. A school administration degree from GCU will prepare you to handle and allocate all these tasks in the most efficient methods.

A doctorate in teaching prepares you for careers in educational leadership and management while focusing on making a positive change in learning environments. A wide range of careers, both in and outside of academia, may be pursued with a doctorate in teaching degree from GCU. In fact, about 50% of all superintendents in the United States have earned a doctoral degree, with about 44% of those degrees being Doctorates in Education Leadership or Educational Administration.3

Deciding on a specific career takes time, research, and maybe even a pros and cons list. Whether your passion is in administration, adult education, elementary education, special education or becoming a principal, be sure to research GCU’s options for teaching specializations. No matter what education degree program you choose, a teaching degree is an excellent choice if you enjoy helping others learn and grow to find their own passion.


Estimated number of superintendents in the U.S. who have earned a doctoral degree3


1 As of July 2020

2 Future Educators, Why Teaching is Still a Good Career Choice in July 2022.

3 Retrieved from The School Superintendents Association, AASA Study: Half of Superintendents Hold Doctoral Degrees in August 2021.

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