Program Overview

Bachelor of Science in Elementary/Special Education (Dual Major) (Leads to initial teacher licensure). This robust and specialized degree program is designed for any individual who seeks an elementary or cross-categorical teaching certificate to teach children with special needs in the K–12 setting. Participants are responsible for contacting their state department of education for certification requirements and program approval. In addition, participants should consult the Grand Canyon University Catalog and academic advisor to obtain current information about teacher credentialing programs. Courses in this state and regionally accredited program are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disabilities, and other physical and cognitive impairments. Opportunities are provided to apply concepts, theories, and research throughout the program. Assignments within each course guide students through observational and practice-based experiences. Teacher candidates must have access to a K–12 special education classroom to complete the program assignments. Teacher candidates must be prepared to complete a full-time, 16-week student teaching component at the end of the program. Eight weeks of student teaching is completed in a regular education setting and 8 weeks is completed in a resource room, self-contained class, or in a special school for students with disabilities. These special education settings must include at least 3 or more of the following disability categories: mental retardation, learning disabilities, emotional disabilities, physical/health impairments; and they must be completed with a certified special education teacher. Graduates of this program are prepared to become effective educators in both regular education and special education settings, and to implement individualized educational plans to accommodate the students’ various learning, behavioral, and social needs.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Requirements

    Residents of Mississippi require an associate's degree or higher.

    Restrictions

    IA, KY, MS*

    MS* = Associate's Degree or Higher

    School Overview

    Whether one chooses to enroll in a bachelor’s degree in nursing or further pursue educational goals with a master’s degree, Grand Canyon University provides ample online opportunities designed to meet the needs of the adult learner.

    Founded on Christian principles in 1949, the interdenominational Grand Canyon University challenges students through its mission statement “to become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators, and responsible leaders.” The University reinforces its vision through its four pillars of: Academic Advancement; Christian Camaraderie; Extracurricular Activities; and Wellness and Well-being. 

    ACADEMICS

    Grand Canyon University is a four-year, private institution of higher education. Programs of study range from undergraduate degrees to the doctoral level.  Degrees are housed within eight colleges at Grand Canyon. 

    • Colangelo College of Business
    • College of Doctoral Studies
    • College of Education
    • College of Fine Arts and Production
    • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • College of Nursing and Health Care Professions
    • College of Science, Engineering and Technology
    • College of Theology

    Grand Canyon University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The University also retains specialized accreditation and/or approval for specific degree programs. Agencies include:

    • Accreditation Council Business Schools and Programs
    • Arizona State Board of Education
    • Arizona Department of Education
    • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
    DISTANCE AND ONLINE EDUCATION

    More than 100 degree programs are offered online at Grand Canyon University. The University maintains the same high standards for online students as it does for on-campus counterparts, including degrees taught by the same faculty, access to advising and peer connections, extracurricular activities, online tutoring, and added resources. In addition, the online campus features:

    • Online degree programs offered 100 percent online
    • Individualized degree programs that allow students to complete 4-credit courses, one-at-a-time
    • Asynchronous courses, with 24/7 access, hosted through the learning management platform and library systems 
    • Eligibility for scholarships and tuition assistance, along with federal aid programs
    • Transfer-friendly options, of which include a free evaluation of your graduation plan and cost estimates within 24 hours of submission of official transcripts
    • Participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program and Veterans Affairs benefit programs, in addition to offering discounted tuition for eligible military students and their families. 

    There is no cost to apply to Grand Canyon University. Interested students are encouraged to request more information.

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